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These days housing prices are consistently rocketing and not everyone can actually find the cash to move home when the need arises. It is not just the house prices that affect this, but in addition the cost of moving house, which has become expensive in recent years. But moving house is not the only option open to you if you find that your family is outgrowing your existing property.

You could potentially put an extension onto your property to help make additional space but this can be quite expensive and could depend on your ability to get the necessary planning permission. If you have a sizeable garage that you're not presently using, you could think about doing a garage conversion which will be less expensive. Maybe the best answer is to do a loft conversion, which can add plenty of value to your property and should not need any form of planning permission.

For the reasons given loft conversion has become very popular in the last decade. It is essential, before deciding, that you check whether your house is in actual fact well suited for a loft conversion. Houses which have got roofs made with trusses are not generally suitable. Slightly older homes that were built prior to the 1970's are often perfect for loft conversions since they were created using solid rafters and there was frequently a lot of head space.

To be sure your particular loft is suitable, you should speak to a conversion specialist to look it over. The builder will present you with a quote for the work as soon as he has affirmed that your particular loft is okay for converting. Speak to quite a few builders and obtain several estimates so that you have a general idea of the likely costs. When you are deciding upon the perfect person for the work you need to use your instincts and not simply go for the cheaper quotation.

There's a good chance that you will not need to get planning permission for converting your loft, since the majority of conversions don't need planning permission. Your local authority planning office is where you need to go to figure out if you do need to get planning permission. A local loft conversion contractor will presumably have dealt with this issue many times over the years, so get their advice and guidance at the start.

You shouldn't believe that getting a loft conversion is going to be cheap, because it is quite an expensive thing to do. If you do not actually have the necessary cash you can always ask the bank for a loan, which is often not that difficult as the chances are that your conversion will add significantly to the market value of your house. As a broad guideline you might anticipate that a loft conversion will cost you approximately as much as a decent size brick ground level extension though the probability is that you'll generate more room with a conversion while not expanding your property's overall footprint.

Dormer Conversions

That form of conversion you can get will probably depend upon the design and layout of your actual property. There are different sorts of loft conversion that you can get in including: loft pods, velux conversions, mansard loft conversions, dormer conversions, hip-to-gable loft conversions, roof lift loft conversions and roof light conversions. Talk to your chosen loft specialist or builder to find out which kind is most suitable for your property and which is going to be the most economical to fit your budget.

Probably the most preferred sort of conversion right now is the dormer pattern, a kind which provides the best bang for your buck, although still provides the most additional space. This is a favorite option with home-owners since its both functional and eye-catching and offers all which is likely to be required. With a dormer conversion its even possible to put in a little balcony, meaning you're even creating extra outdoor space as well. You'll find there are various types of dormers such as flat roof dormers, shed dormers, Velux window dormers and hipped dormers. Check with a professional to ascertain which one is the best option for your specific dwelling.

Velux Conversions

Clearly one one of the foremost names in roof windows, Velux, have been around for more than 50 yrs and you can depend on them to deliver loft windows which are both premium quality and reliable. These windows are supposed to fit in line with the gradient of the roof and hence don't change the shape of the roof structure, they do not commonly need planning permission and they are fairly inexpensive to fit. They let in a good amount of daylight and in reality may need blinds fitted during the summer. If your loft has got a good amount of height, Velux windows could be just the thing for your project, particularly if you have limited capital.

How Long Could it Take?

The time scale for a conversion will depend on three or four variables which include the ability of the building contractors, the availability of components, the level of planning that is undertaken, the climatic conditions and the style of conversion. As an approximate guideline it should take approximately four to five weeks to do a rear dormer conversion on a terraced dwelling and around five to six weeks to do a hip to gable dormer on a semi-detached home.

As soon as your conversion has been done, there are lots of uses to which you might put that added room. You could use it as an extra bedroom or two, a den or playroom or a new downstairs bathroom. But naturally there's a lot of purposes to which a nicely built loft conversion can be put, restricted only by your inventiveness!

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