Converting your loft is one of the best ways to make the most out of the space you already have in your home.
Your builders will be able to talk you through all the options and help you get the best out of your space. But there are 6 things you should check before you embark on your loft conversion to ensure it goes smoothly.
1. Check your loft is suitable
Not everyone’s loft is suitable for a conversion. The ceiling height must be 2.3 metres or higher to make sure that there’s enough headroom. The steeper the pitch of the roof, the more suitable it is for conversion.
2. Know what you want to use the space for
Make sure you know what you want to get out of your loft conversion. If you need an extra bedroom, the loft is a great solution for this, but you could also use it as an office, playroom or home gym.If you want to have an ensuite or use the space as a bathroom, you’ll need to make sure your boiler and hot water system can cope with the extra radiators and is powerful enough to pump up the water to the next level.
3. Hire an architect
Architects will be able to help you maximise the potential of your space. They will be able to design a great room according to your exact needs.
Make sure you follow our tips for choosing an architect.
4. Hire a trusted builder
You could ask your architect if they can recommend you a builder, but always shop around to get the best quote. The Quotatis service gets you up to 4 quotes from reputable builders in your area.
Builders will take care of everything in most cases, including skips and scaffolding as well as building regulations.
5. Check if you need a party wall agreement
Contact your local authority building regulations officer if you live in a terraced or semi-detached house. You will need to ensure that your conversion doesn’t affect the strength or soundproofing of the dividing wall.
It’s best to talk to your neighbours about your plans before the local authority contacts them. This prevents any disputes that could arise as the building work goes on.
6. Plan in advance and draw up a budget
Make sure you’re realistic in your budget so you and your architect and builders know what to expect.
Don’t underestimate the amount of time it will take to complete your loft conversion – the average time is 8 weeks, but your builder will be able to advise you on the exact timings for your project.