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With the ever soaring cost of purchasing a property in recent times, not every property owner can even find the funds to move house in order to gain a bit of extra living space. The cost of actually moving house has to be combined with the price of the new property in addition to all of the added extras when calculating the overall outlay involved. But moving house is not the sole option open to you when your family is getting too large for your existing home.

If your property is suitable, you might be able to build a brick extension to get that extra living space. You are going to need planning permission to do this and it could be costly. You could perhaps convert your garage, if you've got a garage and you aren't currently parking your car in it. The last option is to have a loft conversion, which may not only be cost effective, but will also put more value to your home without the need to increase its footprint.

Loft conversions have gotten increasingly popular in the last decade, generally for the reasons given previously. You'll need to make sure your house is in actual fact suitable for a loft conversion before making a final judgement. Numerous contemporary houses having trussed roofs are not really suitable. More mature houses that were constructed before the 1970's are frequently great for loft conversions because they were created with solid timbers and there was frequently a lot of headroom.

You have got to bring in a local loft specialist to check on the scenario with your loft space and make sure it is in fact suitable. If everything is okay to go forward with your loft conversion, you can request a quotation from the builder. Get several additional estimates from different conversion companies, so you've got a decent choice of tradesmen. When picking the best company for the task you need to use your instincts and not simply go with the cheaper quotation.

There is a fair chance that you will not need to get planning permission for converting your loft, because most loft conversions don't need planning permission. To establish if planning permission is likely to be needed, speak to your local planning department. Any loft conversion expert will no doubt have tackled this issue time and time again before, so get their helpful advice at the get go.

While for homeowners, a loft conversion may be a wise decision, it still requires a considerable financial commitment. Many people ask the bank for a loan for projects like this, or perhaps get a second mortgage on their property. As a general rule of thumb you could assume a loft conversion to cost you about as much as a fair sized brick ground level extension and the chances are that you will achieve more room with an attic conversion while not expanding your property's overall footprint.

Dormer Conversions

Your house's layout and design is what influences what sort of loft conversion is best for you. Loft conversions come in a variety of styles such as: mansard conversions, hip-to-gable loft conversions, loft pods, roof lift loft conversions, velux loft conversions, roof light loft conversions and dormer conversions. Talk to your loft specialist or builder to find out which kind is best suited for you home and which would be the most cost effective to match your budget.

Possibly the most popular sort of conversion in recent times is the dormer pattern, a concept which gives you value for your money, yet delivers the maximum extra space. The dormer is a favorite option with house-holders since its both functional and nice-looking and provides everything that is needed. With a dormer conversion it is even a possibility to add in a little balcony, meaning you are generating added exterior space as well. You will find there are different sorts of dormer conversions and these include shed dormers, Velux window dormers, gable fronted dormers and flat roof dormers. Consult a specialist to understand which one will be the best option for your property.

Velux Conversions

One of the best known brands of roof windows, Velux, have been in business for more than fifty yrs and you can trust in them to deliver a loft window that is both reliable and quality. These windows are designed to be fitted flush with the angle of the roof and thereby don't alter the shape of the roof structure, nor do they commonly require planning permission and they're comparatively inexpensive to fit. They produce a decent amount of daylight and actually might require blinds during summer. If your loft space has got a decent amount of head room, a Velux window conversion may be a great solution for your project, in particular if you are on a tight budget.

Just How Long Will it Take?

The timescale for a standard conversion is determined by various factors such as the ability of the builders, the availability of required components, the amount of pre-planning that's done, the type of conversion and the prevailing weather conditions. As an approximate guideline it should take around four to five weeks to accomplish a rear dormer loft conversion on a terraced house and around five to six weeks to do a hip to gable dormer on a semi-detached house.

Once your loft conversion has been done, there are lots of uses to which you may put that additional room. You could turn it into an extra bedroom, a new downstairs bathroom or a gym. But naturally there are numerous uses to which a decent conversion can be put, restricted merely by your inventiveness!

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