Time to Convert Your Loft?

Converting your abandoned attic space into a useable room can be one of the most cost effective ways of adding significant value to your home, whilst increasing your liveable space – whether it is for an ensuite bedroom, study or playroom.

Time to convert your loft?

Loft conversions have been consistently voted the nation’s Number One home improvement project.

Converting your abandoned attic space into a useable room can be one of the most cost effective ways of adding significant value to your home, whilst increasing your liveable space – whether it is for an ensuite bedroom, study or playroom. Estate agents routinely define residential property in terms of numbers of rooms, so when it comes to adding value an extra bedroom is always a welcome addition.

Easier than building an extension and cheaper than digging out a basement, it’s no wonder that houses with large empty lofts sell for a premium. The vast majority involve adding an extra floor to an existing two-storey house or enlarging a bungalow.

But where should you start and what do you need to consider?

There is one essential measurement that must be checked before your loft conversion project can take off, and that’s the height of your loft.

Loft conversions normally fall within two categories, either one is crying out to be converted, and it will be nice and easy to do, or the project will be nightmare from the moment it starts, with difficult floor layouts and lack of head room.

The general view is that 2.3m is a desirable distance between the finished floor surface and the ceiling, although 2.2m should be suffice.

In order to establish whether you have enough head room, get a tape measure and measure from the top of the ceiling joist to the underside of the ridge board. The distance should be at least 2.4m.

If you are not planning on installing large box dormers then the head height should be even greater, at least 2.8m, in our opinion.

Your properties roof type will also impact on whether you can convert the loft. Properties from the late Victorian period to the early 1960’s have good sized lofts and have therefore ripe for conversion, as are 1930’s and 1950’s bungalows.

Properties built between the 1960’s and 1970’s are usually the most challenging, as they have shallow hipped roofs, making it difficult to get the head height required. Houses built since the 1960’s using manufactured trusses can also be problematic, however, with the incorporation of steels these can be suitably converted.

How much does a loft conversion cost?

A basic loft conversion to a pre-1960 property, that does not require the incorporation of dormer windows will set you back around £20,000 – £25,000 + VAT. This is based on a master bedroom with ensuite bathroom.

If you require dormer windows to increase usable floor space and head height, then you would be looking at between £30,000 – £40,000 + VAT. This includes the incorporation of an ensuite bathroom.

Unsure whether your loft is suitable for conversion? We’re offering a free consultation to assess your property, whilst running through different design concepts available to you.

Simply send us a message or give us a call and we’ll arrange a visit.

info@abtoconsultants.co.uk

0191 290 3742

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