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With the rising cost of buying a home currently, not every householder is even able to afford to move house simply to gain a bit of extra living space. The cost of actually relocating has to be combined with the buying price of the new home as well as all of the extras when you're figuring out the total outlay involved. However moving house is not the only alternative open to you if your family is outgrowing your present property.

A quite costly option is to extend your current home to generate that additional space, however you might not get the required planning permission, and your home may not be suitable. You could do a garage conversion, as long as you have a garage and aren't currently using it for your car. The other option is to do a loft conversion, which could not only be cost effective, but can also add more value to your house without increasing its footprint.

Lately, for some of the reasons given previously, loft conversion has gotten ever more popular. Before you go along this route, you need to confirm that your property is actually suitable for a loft conversion. Properties with roofs made with trusses are not normally suitable. The best homes for doing loft conversions are slightly older properties, particularly those built prior to the 1970's.

To make sure your particular loft is suitable, you will have to speak to a conversion specialist to take a look. If everything is fine to go forward with the loft conversion, you should request a quote from the builder. Don't just go with the first quotation you receive, get quite a few quotes before selecting your loft conversion specialist. When you are deciding upon the ideal builder for the job you should utilize your instincts and not merely opt for the lowest quote.

Loft conversions very rarely need planning permission, therefore it is unlikely that your conversion will. The local planning department is where you must go to find out if you do need to get planning permission.

While for property owners, a loft conversion might be a good choice, it still requires a significant financial commitment. Many people put in for a loan for a project like this, or perhaps re-mortgage their house. As a guideline you may expect a loft conversion to cost approximately as much as a good sized brickwork extension and the chances are that you'll achieve more extra space with a loft conversion whilst not raising your property's overall footprint.

That type of conversion you can have is likely to be determined by the style and design of your house. The different sorts of loft conversion comprise: mansard loft conversions, roof lift loft conversions, roof light conversions, dormer loft conversions, hip-to-gable loft conversions, velux conversions and loft pods. Your builder or loft conversion specialist will explain which one is most appropriate for your property.

Possibly the most popular form of conversion currently is the dormer pattern, a design that offers the best affordability, yet provides the maximum additional space. This style is a favorite alternative for house owners because it's both eye-catching and effective and offers all that is likely to be required. With a dormer conversion its even a possibility to include a small balcony, meaning that you're creating additional outside space too. You will discover there are various kinds of dormers and among these are hipped dormers, flat roof dormers, shed dormers and Velux dormers. Consult with a specialist to understand which one would be the most suitable for your specific home.

Without doubt one one of the foremost names in roof windows, Velux, have now been around for more than 60 years and you can rely on them to provide you with loft windows that are both high caliber and dependable. These are designed to fit flush with the slope of your roof and hence don't alter the shape of the roof structure, nor do they commonly need local authority permission and they're pretty economical to install. They let in a decent quantity of daylight and in fact might need to have window blinds during the summer. If your loft space has got a decent bit of height, a Velux windows might be a good solution for you, in particular when you are on a budget.

The time scale for completing a standard loft conversion is determined by several things which include the level of pre-planning that's done, the availability of materials, the kind of conversion, the reliability of the building company and the climatic conditions. As an approximate guideline a rear dormer conversion carried out on a terraced property ought to take approximately four or five weeks, a hip to gable dormer conversion on a semi-detached house ought to take about 5 to 6 weeks.

Once your conversion is complete, there are several uses you will be able to put it to. You may use it as an extra bedroom or two, a new bathroom or a home cinema. But of course there's a lot of uses to which a nicely built conversion can be put, constrained only by your inventiveness!

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