One of the key elements of a successful loft conversion is planning, as I found out when I contacted a loft conversion South London firm. In this guide, we will be taking a look at the why who and what of a loft conversion. Additionally, we will also delve into the types of loft conversion which are available. There are three main types of loft conversions and depending on the shape of the roof that you have as well as the space available to you, your choice should be easy.
The first type of loft conversion is called an internal loft conversion. This type of loft conversion requires very little alteration to the exterior of your home. You may, however, need to think about adding skylights and insulation as well as plumbing when choosing this type of loft conversion.
The second type of conversion you could consider is called the remove and re-builds conversion. This type of conversion can also be called the roof off loft conversion. Of all three conversions, this one is the most expensive and will usually require you to completely remove both parts of your sloping roof and replacing it with a completely new construction. You would usually only take on this type of conversion if the head-room in your roof is insufficient.
The dormer loft conversion is the third type of conversion, but did you know that there are five different types of dormer loft conversions. These are; the single dormer, the side dormer, the full-width dormer, the l shaped dormer and the hip to gable.
Why you may choose to have a loft conversion
There are a number of reasons why people would choose to convert their loft space. The main reason for undertaking such a conversion for most is that they would like to create an extra bedroom, an at home office or a stylish living area. In some cases, a loft conversion can also add up to 20% value to a home.
Who you may need to help
Many people will tell you that you can convert your loft without the help of a professional and in some cases, they are right, as long as you follow the guidelines. But what if the situation becomes a little more complicated? What if you need to insert steel beams? How will you know? How would you go about strengthening a loft floor? Do you know what type of insulation would be required? If you cannot answer one of these questions then you will need to enlist the services of a professional builder.
What does it take to do a loft conversion?
The first thing you will need to do is find a reliable architect to help you design your loft. Your architect will be able to help you in establishing exactly what it is that you will need for your project and who you will need to employ.
Your next step is finding out if there are any regulations which you will need to follow. You can approach your local council for help with this one. Then you will also need a structural engineer to inspect the structural integrity of your home before you can start. Lastly, you will need an experienced builder to carry out the conversion.