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Questions You Need to Ask Before Loft Conversion

by Guest Post on Dec 4, 2013

If you have decided to go for loft conversion soon, there are certain questions you must remember to ask the experts. Especially, keep the following questions in mind:

Will it prove to be easy or hard to convert the loft?

You see, there are particular kinds of structure of roofs which require a bit more complicated process of alternation than usual. Such an issue can increase the cost too. At times, the expense may be so high that it is better to build one or two-story extension! In the case of terrace properties however, loft conversion tends to be the single cost-effective option for additional space gain.

There exist simple ways to determine whether a loft conversion is easy or not too. At first, you need to determine whether you can stand in the loft or not! After that, get in touch with an engineer of a structural branch or a person suggested by a good loft conversion agency. The person you choose must be a Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors or RICS paid-up members and well-qualified.

Will the process be cost-effective?

By approaching a local agent or surveyor, know if the process will be cost-effective or not. In case you plan to move after a few years, you may end up spending too much otherwise. The task can not only lead to storage loss, but can also make you lose money if potential future house buyers refuse to pay a high price for the house.

Where exactly will your stairs lead?

Staircase replacement, removal or installation has a lot to do with building regulations, since the staircase remains the only route from loft conversion if a fire occurs. Going up using existing stairs may be possible or you may have to use the space of a room, which will lead to additional expenses. Try to retain the usability of the room though. That can be done with the use of ‘space saver’ type of stairs.

What kinds of windows are best?

If you love lighter, adding a window to this loft conversion process is a good idea. This practice may be expensive, but quite essential!

Roof lights: If enough space exists, windows fitted to your existing roof may be the solution. Such fittings are easy, and Velux is a popular brand.

Mansard roof: This particular option is a good way to have some extra space with a shape like ‘A’. Mostly, you can locate a mansard roof in inner-city terraces.

Dormer: Dormer is a good way to have some extra height for staircases and balustrades which provide falling protection. In case additional shower height is required, this is suitable too. Mostly, it is seen in bungalows or chalet properties with low loft area height.

Requirements regarding windows

  • The ability to open windows for cleaning is needed
  • To prevent excessive summer heat, heat reflective glass is best
  • Windows having a fire escape option are good
  • In case the height of the windows is too much, remote opening and closing is required

Loft conversion main steps at a glance

  1. Know whether loft conversion is possible or not
  2. Spot an area for staircase installation
  3. Have feasibility confirmed by a RICS member
  4. Obtain loft conversion building and planning regulations approval
  5. Put carpet covers to tackle dirt
  6. Make a dormer if needed
  7. Have temporary loft access
  8. Make your existing floor strong
  9. Relocate things such as pipes, tanks, and wirings
  10. Ensure floor insulation
  11. Put new flooring down
  12. Get the windows installed
  13. Make partitioned internal space
  14. For the creation of an internal wall, board up your existing structure ensuring insulation
  15. Second fix telecoms, wirings, and plumbing
  16. Build your new staircase
  17. Have the boarding plastered
  18. Make decorations and put furniture
  19. Obtain required certificates

Also, during the whole process, always make sure that you get the best job done. Accept only guaranteed offers even if you have to pay more. Search for at least ten year guarantee period.

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