Do you wish you had more space in your home? Consider converting your loft into something that your whole family could use. It’s also definitely less stressful and more affordable than moving into a new home. Add to that the fact that according to RICS, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a loft could increase your home’s value by as much as 25%.
But First, Some Basic Considerations
In general, if you’re able to measure 230 centimetres from your floor to the highest part of your roof, you have enough headspace for converting your loft, ensuring that your loft could be converted into a comfortable living room or bedroom. Although pre-war homes with pitched and steep roofs are usually the simplest to convert, says Taylor’d Loft Conversions, a loft conversion expert in Sussex, there would still be some structural considerations to factor in, plus the majority of lofts require extra support using steel beams to reinforce the roof and floor.
Take note that however, that building regulations require a permanent staircase if you’re planning on converting your loft into a playroom, study room, bathroom, or bedroom. If there’s not enough space for a full-sized staircase, you could opt for a spiral staircase and a fixed-type ladder. Likewise, see how much floor space you’ll lose to accommodate the stairs, keeping in mind that you’ll need sufficient head height as well.
How long would all this take? The simplest conversion could be completed in a month and a half. Workers will use scaffolding as access to the site until the installation of the new staircase, so you won’t have to worry about them interfering with your daily activities. While it could at times be admittedly noisy, it won’t create as much noise and mess like constructing an extension for your ground floor instance.
So, How Much Would All this Cost?
This is a tricky question that only your chosen builder could answer. Just know that plumbing and additional electric installations could significantly inflate your bill since you’d have to consider everything. For instance, bathroom plumbing and waste could be rerouted from below, with an extended soil pipe, but you’d have to make sure that your boiler could keep up with these. Put simply, set aside at least 10% to 20% of your total estimate for the unexpected, and remember to save some money for the furnishings.