Loft Conversions are often listed as one of the best ways to add value to your home. It can be a very cost-effective way of increasing the number of bedrooms in your home, and that extra square footage can increase the resale value of your home. A quick search on Rightmove or Zoopla in your area will give you an idea of how much an extra bedroom will add. In many cases, it can add in excess of 10% of the value and not only this, but it also opens your property up to a wider range of potential buyers and larger families (or even buy-to-let landlords looking to rent the rooms individually.)
How Do I Get A Loft Conversion?
There are various factors which you’ve got to take into account when considering a loft conversion. Firstly, the size, shape and layout of your home is an important consideration. Your home may have an ample loft space, which is ideal for adding an extra bedroom. Perhaps you have a smaller property, with a modest loft space, this could be used as a playroom for children, an extra bathroom or even a cosy home office. The shape of your roof is also an important thing to bare in mind, some properties naturally lend themselves to conversion better than others, and have logical positions for adding a sky window or even wall window. Another important thing is to consider the useable load bearing walls which will support the new structure.
It’s important that you contact a professional such as Rose Joinery Leeds to make an assessment on how suitable your space is for conversion. Many properties have a gable end wall, and this is great news as this type of roof works well with a loft conversion. They offer greater capacity which will be used to support and new beams or purlins which may be required for your conversion. Others will have an intersecting pitched roof, which doesn’t have an internal cross wall. These are more difficult to convert, although it’s still possible. New walls or columns may need to be constructed to support the extra weight required.
If you’ve got a hipped roof, they can be challenging for conversions unless a load bearing cross wall is present. In older homes, with trussed rafter roofs, they generally have lower pitches and can make it difficult to convert into a living space, although with some innovation and creativity, it’s more than possible to convert these types of spaces.
How To Check If Your Loft Is Suitable For A Conversion
To check whether it’s possible to create a loft conversion in your home, we recommend that you stand in the middle of your loft, next to the ridge and ceiling joists to measure the amount of headroom that’s available. If you have over 8 feet of space, this is ideal for a loft conversion. However, we often work with smaller spaces and can work with roofs as low as 7 feet tall.
The good news is that after you’ve done the initial steps, it’s time to give us a call and we’ll come and offer a professional assessment to decipher whether, and which type of conversion is the most viable. We’ll look at a number of factors and weigh up what the best option for your specific situation is.
What’s The Process Like?
After that the process involves designing the space and performing a proper survey. Drawings and plans will be drawn up and we’ll keep you in the loop every step of the way. We’ll consider which materials to use, which architects to consult and find a great solution to help you achieve your desired new space. There are many loft conversion companies in Leeds, and we highly recommend that you get in touch with us for a transparent, high quality service. We’ll always put forward our best quote, and work with you to establish a budget that you’re comfortable with. Many factors can decide on the quote, including materials and the extent of the work that needs to be implemented.
The good news is that your loft conversion will pay for itself and add value to your home when you come to sell. It’s no coincidence that when property developers purchase a property from auction or from the open market, one of the first things they do is assess whether they can add an extra room… this is a sure fire way for them to make a profit, and the great news for you is that not only can you profit from a loft conversion, you get that extra living space too!
A loft conversion in Leeds is a substantial job which is in the heart of the home so you have to make sure that you choose to work with a company that you can trust and that you don’t mind having around the home for a little while. We always keep this in mind and will consider when the best time to work around your schedule is, so we can make it a convenient process for you.
How invasive is a loft conversion?
If your loft conversion isn’t going to include external work, you most likely won’t need planning permission the loft conversion. A lot of extensions will be classified underneath the Permitted Development Rights. If you’re planning on building your side wall to the height of the ridge level, the you won ‘t need planning permission.
However, planning permission is needed if the conversion is going to effect the shape and structure of your house. Usually this is in the form of altering the roof height, so if you are thinking about a dormer window for your conversion, then the additional height will be higher that your roof, then you’ll need to apply for planning permission, don’t worry though, we can help guide you through the process and make it as straight forward as possible.
There are certain building regulations which need to be considered as well. So make sure that if you’re required to tell your neighbours about the extension (under the Party Wall Act.) If you’re a leaseholder then you’ll need to get the go ahead from the freeholder or your landlord. You will be able to keep living in your property whilst the loft conversion takes place you have to remember that there will be builders and joiners working on your loft conversion so there may be a slight level of hassle on your part, although with our experience in loft conversions, we’re well aware of best practises and how to make it as pain free as possible!
What Can I Use A Loft Conversion For?
With a loft conversion, you’ll increase the square footage of your property. Win number one. The alternative options, like building an extension or digging into your basement to create a new room, are often a lot more expensive and entirely more invasive. So if you’re wanting to add value to your home or add an extra room, a loft conversion is often the best option. Think about which rooms you’re lacking in your home, maybe you’re family has grown and you need an extra bedroom? Maybe you’d like a chill out room where you can play video games or maybe you need an extra bathroom. You could also create a home gym or even a home office. If you’re self employed, this will save you money on hiring an office, and increase your properties value at the same time.
Take into consideration your current lifestyle and think about what type of room will benefit you the most. We’ve seen many kinds of loft conversions over the year, even with people creating a cinema room in the past where they had a relatively small space! If that won’t stand out to your guests and make your home more appealing when it comes to selling… I don’t know what will!
Adding an extra bathroom can be a more complex conversion, as it’ll require hiring the skills of a plumber, in order to install pipes and water flow. It’ll also put extra demand on the water supply in your home too so that’s another level of complexity. Although it’s possible, it could increase the cost of your conversion. Although on the other hand, it’ll add more value to your home!
What Are The Negatives Of Getting A Loft Conversion?
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How Much Value Does A Loft Conversion Add To My Home?
Across various surveys into what types of works can add more value to your home. A loft conversion often appears in the top 5! Nationwide Building Society recently stated that a loft conversion could add up to 20% to the value of your property. So if your home is worth £100,000, that’s an extra £20,000… If you’re property is worth £200,000, that’s a whopping £40,000 to the value of your home. Although of course there are various variables involved, including the area and overall size of the property, a loft conversion is almost certainly going to pay for itself in the long run… and then some.
If you’re considering a loft conversion, get in touch with us today to find out how we can help you achieve your desired space. If you’re outside of Leeds and West Yorkshire, it’s still worth getting in touch as for larger jobs we will travel, or alternatively we’ll point you in the direction of one of our trusted friends who have a great reputation in their perspective areas. We’re alway happy to offer some advise too if you have any quick questions… so either email us or leave a comment below!