Before you start designing your dream space and putting money into planning, it’s probably worth thinking about how easy it’ll be to repurpose your unused loft, and if you need permission, how likely you’ll be to get it. To save you time and money, we’re going to help you answer some simple questions that could give a better indication as to whether your loft is suitable for a conversion.
Where is your house?
While this might seem like a strange question, it’s important to remember that in certain parts of Britain, especially London, you may be restricted in the type of loft conversions available to you. Houses within conservation areas will need to follow a strict set of guidelines when designing their new space. But don’t worry about the planning, we’ll be on hand to take care of it, and we’ll help you to find a solution that makes the most of your loft.
What type of property do you live in?
Whether it’s detached, semi-detached, or terraced, there’s a whole host of conversion options for varying types of property. Typically, detached homes offer the cheapest conversion methods, but others might experience more space after construction. To find out more about your property type, click here.
Do you own the loft space?
Of course, right? Well, you’d be surprised. If your property is on a leasehold or is a leasehold flat, then you may not own the loft space above your property. To make sure you don’t lose out on your hard-earned money, it’s essential to make sure you have the rights to make alterations on your home, or, find a way to purchase and secure these rights.
Is there enough height?
Every question in this article matters, but this one probably matters most. Without the right amount of height, your loft conversion options could be limited, or too costly to construct. To measure your space, you need to read the distance between the top of the floor joists to the underside of the ridge beam (the highest beam at the roof tip). Ideally, this will be 2.4 metres or more, leaving you with 2.2 metres after the conversion. Anything below this height could end up feeling claustrophobic.
What are your goals, do they meet your budget?
Before heading out to meet your project manager, have a good think about what it is you’re looking to get out of your space. Bedroom and bathroom? What size rooms are you looking to achieve? Don’t forget there’s going to be stairs too. After it’s built, you’ll need to furnish it. If you can visualise it, we can make it happen. When you’re ready, our team will give you a detailed quote so you can assess your budget, and they’ll draw up the plans to provide you with a bigger picture of your dream loft transformation.
If you’ve reached this far, and you’re still smiling, you’re ready to take the next step, and it’s an exciting one. It’s time to let your imagination take over. What will you do with all this new space? A unique playroom for the children? A spare bedroom for the guests? A creative hideaway, or even the home cinema with room rumbling surround sound you’ve always dreamt of?
Call us today, and let’s start transforming your home.