Questions You Should Ask Before Starting a Loft Conversion

Increasing your space at home cost-effectively and conveniently is now possible through loft conversion. Through it, you are able to increase space with minimal disruption. You won’t even notice since you can do your regular chores while the project is on-going. Before deciding whether or not you want a loft conversion, you have to ask yourself a few questions. This is to make sure that you are making a right decision.

1. Loft conversion or roof extension?

Depending on the type of roof that you have, the process that needs to be done might be a loft conversion or extension. These two vary greatly and the things you need to consider will also vary.

2. What type of roof do you have?

Knowing what type of roof you have will let you know if your house is suitable for a loft conversion. There are different types of roofs but the most popular are:

  • Spacious Pitched Roof
  • Restricted Pitched Roof
  • Hipped Roof
  • Butterfly/Valley Roof

3. What are the minimum measurements needed for a loft conversion?

There is no exact measurement for a loft conversion, however, if you want to sell your house in the future and fetch a good price for it we recommend a measurement of 200-260 cm in ceiling height.

4. Is planning permission required for a loft conversion?

In most cases, getting a planning permission for loft conversions are not required. However, there are some exceptions and rules that you have to follow.

5. Do I need to get a building regulations approval?

Yes, you are required by law to get this approval. Without this, the authorities can force you to open up and re-do significant parts of the conversion. You can also get fines and worst, jail time, for not providing this approval.

There are a number of ways to get this approval but for projects like loft conversion, you have to submit a notice to the council before you start working. You may also ask the architect that you are working with so that you will be sure that the work will comply with all regulations.

6. How much do I have to spend for a loft conversion?

For loft conversion, the price differs from one place to another. However, for places like London or the South East a loft conversion can cost around £1,500-£2,000 per square metre. This cost, however, will be lower in other parts of the country.

As aforementioned, there is a difference between loft conversion and roof extensions. Roof extensions are a different thing and the cost could be far higher.

7. Do I need my neighbours’ permission?

If you are sharing walls with your neighbours, then it is a legal obligation that you prepare a Party Wall agreement. It is a must that you give your neighbours notice a month or two before you start having a loft conversion. If you do not know how the Party Wall Agreement works it is best to ask for your architect or contractor’s help.

8. How much value will the conversion add to my house?

Another great thing is it is more affordable than other home renovations and extensions. With this relatively inexpensive investment, you may be wondering how much value a loft conversion adds to your property. Loft conversions can add up to 20% to the value of your property.

These are the questions that you need to answer before deciding to invest in loft conversion. If you are now ready to start with your loft conversion, don’t hesitate to contact Lawrence Services at 01173290094 or info@lawrenceservices.co.uk. We are able to provide a holistic package, including developing a design and obtaining planning permissions as well as our standard supply and installation work. Our friendly team will help you every step of the way.

By |2018-08-07T10:34:07+00:00March 21st, 2018|News & Tips|