How to Plan for a Loft Conversion

Published On August 11, 2018 | By Carol Wesson | Interior

Planning on getting a loft conversion? It is a great idea and one that will ultimately add value to your home and does not require planning permission. It also helps to expand on that unused space in the loft that does not seem to be making the best use of itself. However, a Buildings Regulations sign off from the local council will be needed as the work is extensive and can impact of the lives of neighbours.

Many loft conversions are constructed to turn that attic space into a useable room – whether it is another bedroom, an office, gym or games room for the younger members of the family.

It is believed a well-designed and converted loft can add as much as 20 per cent to the value of your home. That means a property worth £400,000 can see its market value increase to around £480,000 once the loft has been converted. This seems to be really worth it all of a sudden, doesn’t it?

Many families decide on loft conversion as opposed to moving to an entirely new home. The work that is carried out in the loft is far less intrusive than a major extension to an existing part of the home.

The first thing to ask yourself when planning a loft conversion is: working out if the loft actually is a useable space. Most lofts can be converted, but not all. There are three things to check to see if the loft is suitable for conversion. This is usually the kind of thing that a surveyor carries out when making the initial assessment of your property.

A surveyor will measure the internal height. This is the taken from the top of the joist in the ceiling to underneath the ridge board in the roof’s apex. Even a small amount of distance can be plenty to adapt to a useable room. The distance needs to be a minimum of 2.5 metres.

The next thing to consider is the pitch of the roof. An internal wall should be at least 5.5 metres side to side and 7.5 metres from the front to the back of the internal space.

Surrey Lofts can provide a surveyor to carry out these challenging tasks and even help you to plan your loft conversion from survey to completion. Check here for the step-by-step guide to planning a loft conversion from start to finish.


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