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With the ever growing cost of buying a home these days, not every householder can even afford to move home just to gain that extra bit of space. It's not just the housing prices that affect this, but also the actual cost of moving, which has become very pricey recently. If you find that your family is outgrowing your current home but you cannot afford to move there are more solutions.

If your house is suitable, you could possibly build an extension to gain that much needed extra living space. You will need planning permission for this and this can be costly. If you've got a decent garage that you aren't using currently, you could think about doing a garage conversion. The last solution is to do a loft conversion, which may not only be cost effective, but could also put more value to your property without extending its footprint.

For some of the above reasons loft conversion has become extremely popular in recent years. You will have to be sure your home is in actual fact suited to a loft conversion prior to making your final decision. Not all homes are actually suitable, particularly more modern properties with trussed roofs. The perfect properties for doing loft conversions are more mature homes, particularly those built prior to the 1970's.

To check on the situation of your specific loft space and ensure it is suited to conversion you will need to contact a builder. The builder will provide you with a quote for the project when he's established that your loft is suitable for converting. Speak to a number of loft conversion specialists and obtain a few estimates so you've got a general notion of the probable costs. Try to use your intuition rather than only thinking about the cost when picking who's the best person to accomplish your loft conversion.

There is a fair chance that you will not even need planning permission for converting your loft, since most loft conversions do not need planning permission. Speak with your planning department or chat with your loft conversion company about whether planning permission is needed. A chosen loft remodeling specialist should have resolved this issue over and over again in the past, therefore ask their help and advice at the start.

Although doing a loft conversion is the perfect solution for many property owners, it is still an expensive undertaking. Some people obtain a loan for a project like this, or maybe get a second mortgage on their house. As a broad guide you might expect a loft conversion to cost you around the same as a fair size brick built extension and the probability is that you'll achieve more extra space with an attic conversion with out expanding the overall footprint of your property.

Dormer LOft Conversions

Your home's style and design is what influences which sort of conversion is the ideal one for you. Loft conversions come in several styles for example: hip-to-gable conversions, roof lift conversions, velux conversions, dormer loft conversions, mansard loft conversions, loft pods and roof light conversions. To determine which one is the most economical and appropriate for your home, check with your chosen loft conversion specialist.

Probably the most widely used type of loft conversion right now is the dormer type, a design that provides value for your money, yet yields the most additional space. The dormer is a well loved choice for householders since it is both appealing and practical while offering everything which is likely to be needed. With a dormer conversion it's even feasible to include a balcony, meaning that you're creating supplemental exterior space too. There are distinct types of dormers and these include shed dormers, hipped dormers, Velux window dormers and flat roof dormers. Chat with an expert to ascertain which will be the most appropriate for your specific home.

Velux Conversions

One one of the foremost names in roof windows, Velux, have been in business for in excess of 50 yrs and you can depend on them to provide you with loft windows which are both effective and premium quality. These are supposed to fit in line with the slope of your roof and thereby don't change the shape of the roof structure, nor do they ordinarily need permission plus they are reasonably cheap to fit. Velux windows let in a good amount of daylight and in reality might even need to have blinds during the summer time. If your loft has a fair bit of height, a Velux windows might be perfect for your project, especially if you're on a tight budget.

Just How Long Does it Take to Do?

The amount of time that it will take to complete a conversion is determined by three or four factors including the availability of components, the design of conversion, the prevailing weather conditions, the trustworthiness of the builders and the amount of forward planning that's undertaken. As an approximate guideline it should take around 4 to 5 weeks to accomplish a rear dormer loft conversion on a terraced property and around five to six weeks to do a hip to gable dormer on a semi-detached home.

As soon as your conversion is finished, there are various uses you can put it to. You can use it as a new bathroom, a home study or an additional bedroom. However there are lots of uses to which a nicely built conversion can be put, constrained only by your inventiveness!