Loft Conversions

Extensions are one way to get added space to meet the needs of growing families. House extensions can also be expensive, time consuming and cover up land which you would love to leave to your existing garden. Besides house extensions may not be justifiable in your case as yours may be a small family, as today’s families usually are.  If you have a house with an ample loft, why not consider using this space for the additional needs?  People simply ignore lofts, using them to store unwanted goods.  Can you ignore it? A loft conversion is perhaps the best compromise to getting additional space at a marginal investment, without disturbing the exteriors in any way. Simply call in an expert firm who has the capabilities and expertise to simply not just convert your loft but transform it into a living space you will be proud of.

Before the loft conversion project begins, builders will usually strengthen the floor of the loft. This is done by installing beams that provide support to the surrounding walls and to the ceiling which will have to take a load now onwards. Though loft conversion requires quite a bit of structural work, the outcome is well worth the effort. The very foundation of the new loft room is the initial structural alterations. You can be creative enough to transform the loft room into a contemporary, stylish living space or an attractive playroom.  

The importance of choosing only the best builders and roofers for this purpose cannot be underestimated. It is recommended to carefully go through the website of companies, compare rates and services offered and go through client testimonials.

Building companies offer loft conversion quotes based on the amount of work and type of work you want to be done. Cost of conversion will be lower in lofts that already have good and strong flooring, insulated walls and well-built ceilings. On the other hand, if walls have to be freshly insulated, flooring has to be installed and ceiling to be redone, then there will be a considerable increase in cost. Then there may be additional costs involved in electrification and plumbing plus heating costs. When redoing the loft to a usable living area, it is a good idea to have the roof (ceiling) insulated not just for heat and rain but also for sound too.

If you are a homeowner living in London, then you may have to spend an average of £50,000 for loft conversions. Of course, this average price may vary with different regions. If you want to reduce on the cost, then you can take the help of a builder to construct “shell” loft conversion.

Here, the builder just works on the basic structure of the walls, floors and ceilings, leaving the rest of the job to the home owner. Here the heavy building work is done by the builder and you can use your imagination and creativity to transform the space.

As you choose an expert builder and hand over the job to them, it is essential to ensure proper communication as collaboration is essential in many key areas. If you live in a big city, you may have to check with the building regulations whether the type of loft conversion you want is allowed and have it stipulated in the contract that the builder will take care of getting necessary approvals and permissions. This saves you time running around.

Take the advice of loft conversion experts before designing the space. Listen carefully to the various options explained by them before taking a decision. Converted lofts of course, have to be accessed through the stairs. Stairs can be simple angled ones or to make it more stylish you can use any number of designs of spiral staircases that are available in steel and wood.  Consider having a skylight. A natural shade skylight is good but if it has coloured glass then the effect inside can be really different. Cool combinations of blue and green glasses in the skylight will give a nice dreamy cool look. Warm shades of yellow/red/purple combinations will give a warm cosy effect. In addition you will save on lighting bills! Take into consideration the ideas and tips offered by the building specialists regarding the type and design of the staircases.

It is therefore necessary to work in cooperation with the builder, listen to their tips on solving potential problems and make an informed decision about the layout, type and size of the loft.