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Nowadays the price of houses are consistently rocketing and not every householder can actually find the money to move house when they need to. The cost of actually moving should be added to the price of the new house plus all of the added extras when you are determining the total outlay involved. However moving is not the sole option open to you if you find that your family is getting too big for your current home.

If your home is suitable, you might be able to build a brick extension to get that extra room. You must get planning permission to do this and it could be costly. If you've got a garage that you aren't presently using, you might think about having a garage conversion which would be less costly. Another solution is to do a loft conversion, which may not only be affordable, but could also put more value to your house without the need to increase its footprint.

Lately, for the reasons mentioned above, loft conversion has gotten more and more popular. Prior to going down this path, you will have to confirm that your property is actually suitable for a loft conversion. Don't assume all properties are suitable, particularly recently constructed properties which have got trussed roofs. More mature properties which were constructed prior to the 1970's are often ideal for loft conversions because they were created using sturdy rafters and there was frequently plenty of head space.

You will have to call in a local conversion specialist to evaluate the situation with your specific loft and make certain it is in fact acceptable. If the builder gives you the all clear to have a loft conversion you can get him to provide a quotation. Don't simply stick with the first quote you receive though, get a few quotations before picking your loft specialist. Try to use your intuition rather than just considering the price tag when selecting who is best to carry out your loft conversion.

Loft conversions very rarely require the need for planning permission, so it is unlikely that your conversion will. The local planning department is where you should go to determine if you do need to get planning permission.

Do not imagine that getting a loft conversion is going to be cheap, because it's a pretty expensive undertaking. It's not likely that a lot of property owners will have that amount of cash lying around, so it may be necessary to re-mortgage their property or take out a loan. As a broad guide you may expect that a loft conversion will cost about the same as a good size brick extension although the chances are that you'll achieve more space with an attic conversion whilst not raising the overall footprint of your property.

Your property's style and design is going to be the determining factor for what form of conversion is the optimal one for you. Loft conversions are available in a variety of designs such as: loft pods, dormer loft conversions, roof lift loft conversions, hip-to-gable conversions, velux conversions, roof light loft conversions and mansard conversions. Your builder will let you know what design is actually most suitable for your property.

Dormer Loft Conversions

Among the most popular forms of loft conversion in recent times is the dormer layout, a concept which offers decent bang for your buck, and still yields the maximum possible space. This is a well-liked option with house owners as it's both pleasing and effective while offering every little thing which is likely to be required. With a dormer conversion it could even be possible to include a small balcony, which means that you are creating added exterior space too. There are different types of dormers including flat roofed dormers, Velux window dormers, shed dormers and hip to gable dormers. Chat with an expert to find out which is actually the best choice for your dwelling.

Velux Conversions

One of the best known brands of roof windows, Velux, have been in business for around 50 yrs and they can be trusted to deliver loft windows that are both top quality and reliable. These windows are built to fit flush with the angle of your roof and thereby don't change the look of the structure, nor do they ordinarily require planning permission and they are reasonably inexpensive to put in. They produce a good quantity of daylight and actually could even need window blinds during the summer. If your attic has a good amount of headroom, a Velux conversion may be a great solution for you, especially if you are on a tight budget.

Just How Long Should it Take?

The length of time that it might take to complete a standard loft conversion will depend on a number of factors such as the availability of components, the capability of the building contractors, the style of conversion, the degree of planning which is done and the prevailing climatic conditions. As a rough guide a rear dormer conversion done on a terraced dwelling ought to take approximately four or five weeks, a hip to gable dormer conversion on a semi-detached property should really take around 5 to 6 weeks.

You simply need to choose what to use all of that extra space for when your loft conversion is complete. You may turn it into a new family bathroom, an additional bedroom or a home study. Nonetheless there are a number purposes to which a well built conversion can be put, restricted solely by your inventiveness!

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