Loft conversions generally cost between £25,000 and £40,000 but can add as much as 15 per cent to your property’s value, especially somewhere like London, Essex and Kent, where properties are in demand, as commuters have to move further out to get value for their money. Be sure to have money for a contingency, most builds go over budget.
Double-check to see if you need planning permission. Regulations which came into force in 2011 mean that most people can carry out a loft extension without having to obtain permission from the local authority, although if your plans include a dormer or you live in a conservation area, the rules are different; check with your local authority. Remember there are building regulations that you need to adhere to also.
Always get at least three quotes from builders. Aim for a builder who specialises in loft conversions, preferably one who has been recommended to you by someone you trust or one whose completed work you have seen. Don’t be afraid to ask them for previous client’s details.
Is there enough headroom height? It should be at least 2.3 metres. Map out what you plan to use the space for. If it is a master bedroom, where will the bed go? Can you get in and out of bed easily? What other furniture will you need? Where will this go? Can you buy ready-made furniture, or will it need to be bespoke; this will be much more expensive.
Adding a bathroom in addition to a bedroom in your loft space will be a welcome feature…especially in the middle of the night. But make sure your space will allow for both. Make sure your loft doesn’t end up being small and cramped. If you can add a bathroom it will be attractive to future buyers, but this will add significant costs to the build.
Check if your current boiler will be able to cope with the extra pressure needed to feed hot and cold water up to another floor. Perhaps now is a good time to invest in a new system?
Do you currently use your loft for storage? If so, where will you store what’s currently in the loft?
How much space will be taken up from your second floor? If you have a small landing, it’s likely that you may need to sacrifice a section of room in order to fit the staircase.
Have you considered sound-proofing? Will the room below the loft conversion suffer from noise above or vice versa? Will your roof need soundproofing from outside noises, such as traffic.
Remember to inform your insurance company if you go ahead with a loft conversion, this might mean changes to your policy.
This blog was written by Essex Building and Carpentry Services. If you are looking to make an improvement to your home, we have qualified builders and carpenters in Romford, Essex. We also have good contacts with other tradesmen. No job is too big or too small.
Give us a call on 01708 578014.