In the world today housing prices are continuously increasing and it isn't everyone that can actually afford to move home when the need arises. The cost of actually relocating should be combined with the price of the new property in addition to all of the extra expenses when you are working out the overall expenditure involved. When it is clear that your family is getting too big for its home but you can't afford to buy anything bigger there are still some great solutions.
If your home is suitable, you may be able to put on a proper extension to generate that much needed additional space. You are going to need planning permission for this and it could be expensive. You could do a garage conversion, assuming that you have a garage and aren't currently parking your car in it. Perhaps the most effective option is to do a loft conversion, which may add lots of value to your house and is not likely to need any form of planning permission.
Loft conversion has gotten increasingly popular over the last few years, generally for all the reasons mentioned above. You'll have to ensure that your house is actually suited to a loft conversion prior to you making your final decision. A number of modern houses having roofs made with trusses aren't really suitable. The perfect homes for loft conversions are more mature homes, especially those constructed before the 1970's.
To make certain your particular loft space is suitable, you'll want to contact a builder to give it a look. When your builder gives the go-ahead to have a loft conversion ask him for a quote. Get several more quotes from different loft specialists, so that you have a decent pick of tradesmen. Use your instinct instead of simply thinking about the price tag when selecting who's the best person to carry out your loft conversion.
Loft conversions pretty much never require the need for planning permission, therefore it is improbable that your conversion will. To establish if planning permission is required, speak to your local planning department. Your loft remodeling specialist should have sorted out these problems time and time again in the past, therefore ask their guidance at the start.
Even though for property owners, getting a loft conversion may be a wise decision, it still requires a substantial financial investment. If you don't already have the cash you could perhaps get a loan, which is often not that difficult as the likelihood is that your loft conversion will add to the market value of the house. As a guideline you could assume a loft conversion to cost you around as much as a good sized brick ground level extension though the probability is that you will gain more room with a loft conversion whilst not increasing your property's overall footprint.
Which type of loft conversion you get will likely be determined by the layout and style of your particular property. There are different types of conversions that you can get in including: hip-to-gable loft conversions, loft pods, roof lift loft conversions, velux conversions, mansard conversions, dormer loft conversions and roof light conversions. To fathom out which is the most cost effective and appropriate for your house, consult the loft conversion specialist.
Possibly the most popular type of conversion at present is the dormer style, a design which delivers affordability, but still provides the maximum possible space. The dormer is a favorite option with home-owners because it is both attractive and effective and provides everything that is needed. With a dormer conversion it is even possible to put in a balcony to your extra floor, which means that you are even creating added outside space as well. There are different forms of dormer conversions and among these are hip to gable dormers, shed dormers, flat roof dormers and Velux window dormers. Consult an expert to understand which is actually best suited for your property.
One of the best known names in roof windows, Velux, have been around now for over fifty yrs and you can rely on them to provide a loft window that is both reliable and high quality. Velux windows are built to be fitted in line with the angle of your roof and thus don't alter the look of the roof structure, they do not ordinarily call for permission and they are fairly economical to put in. Velux windows produce a good quantity of daylight and in reality may even require blinds during the warm months. If your attic has a decent bit of height, a Velux windows may be just the ticket for your project, in particular when you are on a restricted budget.
The amount of time that it will take to do a standard loft conversion will depend on a number of variables such as the prevailing weather conditions, the style of conversion, the availability of components, the amount of planning which is undertaken and the reliability of the constructors. As a rough guideline a rear dormer conversion undertaken on a terraced house ought to take approximately four or five weeks, a hip to gable dormer conversion on a semi-detached house should take about five or six weeks.
When your conversion has been finished, there are numerous uses you can put it to. You may turn it into a guest room, an additional bedroom or two or a new downstairs bathroom. However there's lots of purposes to which a well built conversion can be put, constrained merely by your imagination!
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