Loft Conversions - Guides, Information and Inspiration
Are you considering turning that wasted space in your loft into extra living space with a loft conversion? If the answer is yes, then this site will be of great use to you! We have guides and information that will explain how lofts are converted and what is involved at each stage of the process. Our example loft conversion will give you an insight into the whole process from beginning to end. With loads of photos and video clips we hope you will find inspiration and ideas for your own conversion. We aim to provide information suitable for everyone, it doesn't matter if you are planning to employ a professional builder or DIY, expert or novice, there's something for everyone.
Find out more about why we built and maintain this site on our About Us page. We also have a Blog that we do our best to update every once in a while with our thoughts about home improvements and the UK housing market.
Latest updates - For those just looking to use their loft for storage see our new pages on loft storage and loft ladders. A good quality loft ladder will make accessing your loft safer and more convenient. Say goodbye to going out to the garage in the cold and the rain to drag out the step ladders!
Looking for a good builder? A great way to decide who to trust with a major job like a conversion is to see what other customers have to say about their work. Its never an easy task selecting a builder and recommendations are a great way to help you decide who is up to the job. We have teamed up with MyBuilder.com to help you find loft conversions specialists, builders and any other tradesman you might need. Take a look at our find loft conversion specialist page, just complete the simple form and give it a go!
Create Extra Space in Your Home
What uses can you think of for an extra room in your home? Maybe you have a growing family and need an extra bedroom or playroom, maybe you are starting a business and need an office, how about a spare room for guests or an art studio? There are endless reasons why you might need extra space in your home. Is your loft space being wasted by storing junk and empty boxes? Put your loft to better use by converting it into a habitable room that will add value to your home.
Having your loft converted is always an exciting (and equally tiring process). However, it is important that your conversion does not distract you from some very important considerations. Your loft conversion must meet building regulations at a minimum and may in some circumstances require planning permission. Don't forget to inform your current insurer that an extra room has been added to your house as this may affect your premium and the cover provided.
While most people understand the need to update their insurance company following a conversion, the situation regarding your council tax banding is less well understood by many. The good news is that adding an extra room to your house will not affect your banding until there is a "relevant transaction", for the majority of homeowners this means when the house is sold. There is a page on the Valuation Office Agency website that explains this in more detail.
DIY Loft Conversions
If you are thinking about taking an active role in your conversion, planning and preparation is essential and like many projects it is the first step of the ladder when it comes to DIY loft conversions. However, doing it yourself doesn't mean doing it alone. Many builders will offer a part build service where they install the main structure and allow you to complete the job. If you have time to spare DIY loft conversions can bring you significant savings. Whether you are a DIY expert or simply an enthusiast, taking part in a DIY loft conversion can be a supremely rewarding experience.
Its expensive to move home
Moving home is both expensive and stressful. Costs include estate agent fees, stamp duty, solicitors fees and removal fees. You have the stress and hassle that goes hand in hand with moving home, such as moving children to another school, worries about finding a buyer for your home, long chains and securing a new mortgage.
Cost Effective Solution
Converting your loft is a cost effective and less stressful alternative to moving house. With the recent falls in property prices increasing numbers of people are now deciding that it's better to move up rather than out. Making use of the otherwise wasted space in your loft is a great solution to your space problems.
Tips for using this site
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