Loft conversion has been seen lately as a much more cost-effective choice than moving home. This is especially useful when an additional room is needed. This project does not require an estate agency fees, moving costs, solicitor’s fees or stamp duty. Converting your loft into another functional room can also add more value (about 15-20%) to your home. The total increase in your property’s value is dependent on other factors such as its location. This is also a trouble-free process once you ask professionals to do the job for you.
Going about with loft alteration begins by checking the loft’s existing height. The ideal height should be at least 2.4m at the apex or highest point. Once you are able to measure the height, the next step is to know what kind of conversion you would need.
The Hip to Gable Conversion
This kind of conversion is a popular choice for a lot of semi-detached homes. This is because it can provide the maximum probable space. This also extends a home to the sloping side of your property or the part where you are not conjoined to your neighbor.
This conversion exchanges sloping roof then extends it to the wall outside where the gable wall is built. Space is maximized in this manner as the new staircase is situated right above the current one.
The Dormer Loft Renovation
Just like the Hip to Gable conversion, this is also becoming increasingly popular among semi-detached home owners. This kind of structural addition is made from the roof’s plane. This is often the preferred conversion where the space of the existing loft space does not offer a sufficient size for the required conversion.
Dormer loft can offer an added headroom for the upcoming living space and the staircase. Should you want a new bathroom to be included in your plans, then the height that was created can provide extra maneuverability and extra headroom.
Loft conversions are quite popular because of the amount of light and space they can create in the new room. These are feasible in many properties even in habitats with limited headroom or space.
The Mansard Loft Alteration
This kind of conversion is chosen in areas where there could be some issues with planning. This requires more detailed planning and designing stages since it will result in a much larger living space once the space has been converted. This is most ideal for terraced units since the sloping roof will become almost vertical with the windows.
Non-Residential Space Conversion
Yet another kind of loft conversion is the modification of non-residential spaces such as docks, warehouses, water towers or old factories into livable homes. This kind of conversion became quite popular in New York’s SoHo section back in the 60s. Artists converted the upper levels of old industrial structures, at times located at the very heart of the city. A lot of SoHo buildings were not declared as residential units and were then used illegally as a livable space. In 1971, NY has legalized SoHo for residential use.
There are building control regulations to be followed during loft conversions. Local authorities ask for requirements with the main criteria focused on planning yet you can forego the planning permission where your conversion is well within the development rights. Regulations are in place so that the construction criteria are met as well as the safety and health laws. If you do not want to worry yourself about paperwork, then you can have a professional loft conversion expert conduct the liaisons with the local authorities. There are many benefits for loft renovations which is why such projects become increasingly popular over the years. Ask an architect and a designer to help you with your new project.