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Hi, my name's Leon but my friends call me Cookie, I am a loft conversion professional working in Hereford, England. My favorite interests are fact checking, sculling and aircraft spotting. I grew up in in Warwick and went to Liverpool Hope University. I've got a brother Cohen and two sisters, I've got a pet chicken Blondie. I run a loft conversion enterprise and assist people to create extra living space in their houses. With the rising cost of purchasing a home at this time, not every householder is even able to find the cash to move to a bigger home simply to gain a bit of extra living space. The cost of relocating needs to be added onto the buying price of the new home as well as all of the extra expenses when you are figuring out the total expenditure involved. Nevertheless moving isn't the sole solution if you find that your family is getting too large for your present property. If your property is suitable, you may be able to add a proper extension to generate that additional living space. You are going to need planning permission to do this and it could be costly. If you happen to have a decent garage that you aren't using presently, you could give some thought to having a garage conversion which will be cheaper. Probably the best answer is to have a loft conversion, which should add a lot of value to your house and shouldn't need any planning permission.

Loft conversion has become increasingly popular in recent years, typically for the reasons mentioned above. Before you go down this avenue, you will need to confirm that your home is in fact suitable for a loft conversion. Don't assume all houses are actually suitable, especially recently constructed homes that have trussed roofs. The best homes for doing loft conversions are the more mature homes, particularly those constructed prior to the 1970's.

To take a look the scenario with your specific loft space and make certain it's suitable you will need to speak to a builder. The builder will provide you with an estimate for the work when he's verified that your particular loft is suitable for conversion. Obtain several additional quotations from other loft specialists, so you've got a good pick of tradesmen. When you are picking out the perfect tradesman for the task you should use your instincts rather than just opt for the cheapest quote.

Loft conversions pretty much never require the need for planning permission, so it's improbable that your one will. Your local planning department is where you need to go to determine whether you are going to need planning permission.

Do not believe that doing a loft conversion will be cheap, because it's a pretty expensive undertaking. A lot of people put in for a loan for projects like this, or even take out a second mortgage on their house. As a guide you could assume a loft conversion to cost approximately as much as a good sized brick built ground level extension though the chances are that you'll gain more space with a loft conversion without raising your property's overall footprint.

That type of conversion you get will likely be based upon the style and design of your house. The various sorts of conversions include: mansard conversions, roof lift loft conversions, velux conversions, hip-to-gable loft conversions, dormer conversions, loft pods and roof light loft conversions. Your chosen builder or loft conversion specialist will let you know what kind is best suited for your property.

Among the most popular types of conversion at present is the dormer type, a kind which provides decent affordability, although still yields the most additional space. This is a popular option with homeowners since it is both appealing and effective and offers everything which could possibly be needed. With a dormer conversion its even a possibility to include a small balcony, which means that you're generating extra outside space too. You'll discover there are various types of dormer conversions and these include shed dormers, flat roofed dormers, hipped dormers and Velux dormers. Talk to a specialist to understand which is most suitable for your particular dwelling.

One of the most famous names in roof windows, Velux, have been in business for around 50 yrs and they can be relied on to provide a loft window which is both effective and top quality. Velux windows are designed to be fitted flush with the gradient of the roof and therefore do not change the look of the structure, they don't generally call for local authority permission and they're relatively inexpensive to install. They let in a decent quantity of light and actually might even need blinds fitted during summer. If your loft has got a decent amount of head room, a Velux windows might be a good choice for you, particularly when you are on a tight budget.

The amount of time that it may take to do a loft conversion is determined by several variables which include the amount of planning that's done, the availability of required components, the style of conversion, the prevailing weather conditions and the trustworthiness of the building company. As a rough guideline a rear dormer conversion done on a terraced home ought to take approximately four to five weeks, a hip to gable dormer conversion on a semi-detached home should take approximately five to six weeks.

When your loft conversion is complete, there are many uses to which you can put that added space. You may use it as a kid's playroom, an extra bedroom or a new family bathroom. Nevertheless there are numerous purposes to which a well designed conversion can be put, restricted merely by your inventiveness!