One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to increase space is through loft conversion as it requires minimal disruption. Even with the project going on, you can still do your regular chores. Additionally, a loft conversion can increase your property’s value by up to 20%. Most homeowners choose to have their loft area converted instead of opting for moving into another home.
If you’re planning to have a loft conversion, these are some of the questions you have to ask first to ensure a seamless operation of the conversion project.
1. Is my loft usable?
There are three things to check before having your loft converted. First, measure the internal height as it needs to be 2,500mm to suitably convert. Second, know the pitch angle of the roof as it determines how high the central head height ought to be. Third, consider the footprint of your loft space as internal walls should be 5,500mm side to side and 7,500mm front to back to be suitable for conversion.
2. What type of roof do you have?
There are different types of roofs and you have to first consider if your roof is suitable for a conversion or extension. Here are the most popular roofs for a loft conversion:
• Spacious Pitched Roof
• Restricted Pitched Roof
• Hipped Roof
• Butterfly/Valley Roof
3. Is a planning permission required for a loft conversion?
Getting a planning permission when doing a loft conversion is not required. However, it is advisable to examine first with your local planning department to know what are the guidelines and to discern what you are allowed to do.
4. Do I need to get a building regulations approval?
According to the law, you are required to get a regulations approval. Without this approval, the authorities can force you to re-do your renovation. Aside from this, you might also get fines for not getting the required approval.
These are just some of the things that you have to consider asking before jumping into a project like a loft conversion. L Miles Building Services can help you achieve the loft conversion of your dreams and provide you with the added space that you need.
L Miles Building Services is a family run business with a wealth of experience and knowledge, spanning over three generations of builders. Based in Llangarron, near Ross on Wye, Herefordshire, we serve the regions of Ross-on-Wye, Hereford, Monmouth and Forest of Dean providing a high quality of workmanship and a smooth process. If you need help with your loft conversion, don’t hesitate to contact us at 07903879022 or email us at [email protected] for a free, no-obligation quotation.