How to Approach a Loft Conversion

Loft Construction

Loft Conversions are not only a great way to add space to your home but can help add value to the price of your house. There has been a large increase in investments being made in homes which have undergone a loft conversion to add extra value to the house and then sold for a much greater price. However it is important to understand that there are certain requirements that will be involved with such processes which will be discussed in this article.

1) Is a Loft Conversion compatible with your House?

Undoubtedly, converting your attic will add extra pressure on the structure of your house as foundations and building work will add extra weight to the building. The last thing you would want to happen is begin building work but then find that the house is unable to support the extra weight and have to start from scratch. This is why it is essential that you use a certified top Chelmsford company for your building work.

2) Approvals and regulations

Before undertaking any building work, home owners will need to ensure they have all the necessary approvals under building regulations as for various reasons you may not be able to carry out a conversion. It’s important to have these and designs in place before seeing the builder so that builder knows exactly the expectations and can give an accurate quotation.

3) Does the roof need any changing?

When having a loft extension, one of the biggest challenges is structural changes to the roof. The construction of your roof will determine whether these need to be removed to introduce new supports and foundations.

4) Installation of loft stairs

It is very clear that stairs will need to be inserted and this may be a tricky process depending on the structure and space of your home. One option is to build stairs that for purposely built for the structure for your house, however these costs considerably more than regular stairs. Your certified attic extension specialist will help you design them so that they are practical and follow all safety regulations.

These are just some of the things to consider when looking at having a conversion. It is important to check that your house is able to handle the requirements of building work associated with such extensions. Furthermore, regulations and approvals may hinder the expected time period of completion of the work if all does not go to plan as expected. Changes in initial design and the budget may result may result in completion date having to be extended.