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With the rising expense of buying a home at this time, not every property owner is even able to find the funds to move house simply to gain a bit of extra space. The cost of actually moving house must be combined with the price of the new property plus all the added extras when you're calculating the overall outlay involved. When it's obvious that your family is getting too big for its home but you cannot afford to move there are other solutions.

You might extend your current home to help make extra room but even this can be quite expensive and will depend upon your ability to get planning permission. If you have a decent garage that you are not using currently, you could consider doing a garage conversion. Another option is to do a loft conversion, which can not only be cost effective, but will also add value to your house without the need to increase its footprint.

Lately, for some of the reasons mentioned above, loft conversions have become more popular than ever. Before you head along this path, you'll need to confirm that your property is actually well suited for a loft conversion. Properties that have got roofs made with trusses are not really suitable. The vast majority of properties put up before the nineteen seventies have sufficient head space and tend to be more suitable for loft conversions.

To make sure your specific loft space is acceptable, you will need to speak to a builder to look it over. The builder will give you an estimate for the project after he has confirmed that your particular loft is okay for conversion. Bring in a number of builders and get a handful of estimates so you have got an overall idea of the likely costs. Use your instinct rather than purely thinking about the price when picking who's the best to do your loft conversion.

Loft conversions seldom require planning permission, therefore it is unlikely that yours will. Consult with your local planning office or chat to your builder whether planning permission is likely to be needed.

Even though getting a conversion is the perfect solution for lots of homeowners, it is still an expensive undertaking. It's unlikely that many homeowners will have that type of cash lying around, and so it could be necessary to ask the bank for a loan or a second mortgage. As a broad guideline you could assume a loft conversion to cost approximately as much as a decent sized brick ground level extension and the probability is that you will gain more room with an attic conversion whilst not increasing the footprint of your property.

The layout and design of your actual dwelling determines the kind of conversion you end up with. There are various different forms of conversions available in including: mansard conversions, velux loft conversions, loft pods, hip-to-gable conversions, dormer conversions, roof light conversions and roof lift conversions. Your builder or loft specialist will confirm what type is actually most suitable for your house.

Dormer Loft Conversions

One of the most popular sorts of conversion today is the dormer pattern, a design that gives you decent affordability, yet yields the maximum extra space. The dormer is a fashionable option with homeowners because its both practical and attractive while offering almost everything which is likely to be required. With a dormer conversion it may even be possible to add a small balcony, meaning you are generating additional outside space too. You will find there are distinct sorts of dormers and these include hip to gable dormers, shed dormers, flat roof dormers and Velux window dormers. Speak to an expert to learn which one will be the most appropriate for your specific house.

Velux Conversions

One of the most famous names in roof windows, Velux, have been around now for more than 50 years and they can be depended on to deliver a loft window which is both dependable and superior quality. These windows are supposed to fit in line with the angle of your roof and thus do not alter the look of the structure, they do not commonly call for local authority permission and they're relatively economical to fit. They produce a decent amount of daylight and in reality could even need to have blinds during the summer time. If your loft has a decent amount of head room, a Velux window conversion could be a great solution for your project, in particular if you've got limited funds.

How Much Time Should it Take to Complete?

The amount of time that it will take to carry out a standard conversion would depend on three or four aspects which include the availability of components, the climatic conditions, the style of conversion, the degree of planning that's done and the ability of the building company. As a rough guide a rear dormer conversion carried out on a terraced home should take approximately 4 to 5 weeks, a hip to gable dormer on a semi-detached property should really take around five to six weeks.

There are certainly lots of purposes to which your conversion can be put, as soon as it is finished. Some people turn it into an additional bedroom or two, a new bathroom or a guest room. Nevertheless there are many purposes to which a quality conversion might be put, limited solely by your ingenuity!