3 Important consideration before starting a loft Conversion
So, you need more space at home?
There are many great reasons to create a loft conversion, one of those is that often the main structural elements are already in place, so it is relatively cheap to build. So, making it generally a smart and less messy option for expanding your home.
Would a conversion add value to my home?
Converting a loft could and should add value to your home, for what is relatively a minimal outlay. To make maximum value from your conversions you should make sure they abide by building regulations and look and feel homely and comforting, so it’s nice space to live in. That way when you go to sell, it makes things that much easier.
Don’t forget an en-suite loft is a great space to rent out for that little bit of extra income!
The increase in value is reflective of the area of London the house is in. But to give you an idea, if you are going from a traditional 2 bed terrace to three beds, most local estate agents will say it adds 20% to 25% of the value to the house. There are a handful of reputable loft conversion companies in the London area including Visionary Lofts and Gold Hawk Lofts.
Do I have to have a big loft for successful conversion?
You do need a certain area to walk around in! The height of the roof is a limit. In London the easiest way to tell how big your loft can be and what you can extend to is by popping out and looking at your neighbours’ homes.
Generally, to walk around and feel comfortable you need around 2 meters head height, but any space which is smaller than that can be used for storage or does work well for a bath or bed if the height is comfortable enough to slip in and not feel claustrophobia!
Is there much structural work involved?
Here you’ll find the main consideration is how old the building is, most traditional style homes in the inner city of London are Victorian buildings. Which is generally a good thing because post 1960s buildings generally have a weaker roof structure.
Builders of pre 1960’s era created roof structures which tended to use thicker more robust tresses which allowed them to use fewer of them, this means when you are doing the conversion you won’t need to affect the roof structure too much.
If the loft conversion is being built on post 1960 then you’ll most likely need some structural steels put in place, so you can have a larger open space.
Hope this has helped you! And good luck on your loft conversion journey.