Adding More Space to Your House - Loft Conversion

Not everybody can afford to move home at this time, with property prices soaring and costs spiraling out of control. It isn't simply the housing prices which affect this, but also the actual cost of moving home, which has become very expensive in recent times.  However moving isn't the sole alternative when your family is getting too big for your current property.

A quite expensive option is to add an extension to your home to get that additional space, but you might not get the necessary planning permission, and also your property might not be suitable. If you have a garage that you are not currently using, you could consider having a garage conversion which would be cheaper. The last option is to have a loft conversion, which can not just be affordable, but should also add value to your home without the need to extend its footprint.

In the last decade, for some of the reasons mentioned above, loft conversion has gotten more popular. Before heading along this path, you will need to be sure your property is in actual fact suitable for a loft conversion.  Don't assume all homes are actually suitable, especially newer homes which have got trussed roofs. Virtually all homes put up before the 1970's have ample head space and therefore are more suitable for loft conversion.

To be sure your particular loft space is suitable, you will need to speak to a conversion specialist to look it over. If it is all totally fine to move forward with the conversion, you should ask for a quotation from the builder.  Don't just opt for the initial quote you get, get a few quotes before deciding on your builder. Use your instinct instead of solely considering the price tag when choosing who is the best company to carry out your loft conversion.

There's a good chance that you won't even need planning permission for converting your loft, as most loft conversions don't need planning permission.  Speak with your local planning office or chat with your builder whether planning permission is required.

Despite the fact that having a loft conversion is the perfect solution for lots of house owners, it's still an expensive project. A lot of people obtain a loan for a project such as this, or maybe re-mortgage their house. As a rule of thumb you could assume a loft conversion to cost approximately as much as a decent sized brick built extension though the likelihood is that you'll achieve more additional space with an attic conversion with out increasing the footprint of your property.

Your home's style and design is what determines what kind of conversion is the most suitable one for you. The various styles of loft conversions include the likes of: hip-to-gable conversions, loft pods, mansard conversions, dormer conversions, velux loft conversions, roof light loft conversions and roof lift conversions. Your chosen loft specialist will inform you what one will be most suitable for your property.


One of the most popular styles of conversion nowadays is the dormer layout, a kind which delivers value for money, though still delivers the maximum additional space. The dormer is a well loved option with homeowners because its both appealing and functional while offering almost everything that is needed. With a dormer conversion it is even possible to include a small balcony, meaning that you're even creating additional exterior space too. You will discover there are different kinds of dormers such as Velux window dormers, flat roof dormers, hip to gable dormers and shed dormers. Ask an expert to find out which one would be the most appropriate for your specific home.

Velux Windows

One of the best known names in roof windows, Velux, have now been around for around 60 years and they can be trusted to deliver loft windows which are both high quality and reliable. Velux windows are supposed to be fitted flush with the slope of your roof and hence don't change the look of the structure, they do not commonly need local authority permission plus they are fairly economical to put in. They let in a decent amount of daylight and in fact might need to have window blinds during the summer. If your loft space has a fair amount of head space, Velux windows may be just the thing for you, especially when you're on a limited budget.

How Long Will it Take?

The time scale for completing a standard loft conversion is determined by several variables such as the capability of the contractors, the availability of required components, the type of conversion, the weather conditions and the degree of pre-planning which is done. As a rough guide it ought to take about four or five weeks to accomplish a rear dormer conversion on a terraced dwelling and around five to six weeks to do a hip to gable dormer conversion on a semi-detached house.

You simply need to decide what to use all that additional room for once your conversion is complete. You can turn it into an extra bedroom or two, a new office or a new bathroom. But naturally there are a number purposes to which a nicely built loft conversion can be put, constrained merely by your imagination!