If you are lucky enough to be a homeowner then you will not only want to stay and enjoy your property, but also ensure it is a good investment. Many people who want more space or want to add value to their home will consider a loft extension as a way to do both.
Loft conversions can be used as an extra bedroom, an office or play room. Due to the shape of the space and the need for skylights a loft conversion is a very unique space. The chances are that if you are considering a loft conversion then you already have an idea of how you would like to use it, but you need to first consider if it is right for your home.
Although you may value having the extra space and not want a loft conversion just to add value to your home, it is still worth ensuring that you won’t spend more than any value you add. This will depend on the type of conversion you go for and on the house prices in your area.
In some areas where square foot of floor is at a premium then this is something that you do not need to worry about. However, if house prices in your area are stalling or are behind on the average for the UK, then do some research first. Have a look on Rightmove for the average sales price for similar homes and work out how much the extra room would add to the value of your property.
What features you have for your loft conversion will determine the overall cost, but you should consider a cost of around £1,500 plus VAT per square metre for an internal loft, then extra for decorating.
From the floor to the highest point of the loft should be around 2.3m to make a loft viable. If your loft is too low, then you would have to lower the ceiling of the first floor, which is an expensive task.
Before you go full steam ahead with your loft conversion, ensure you have ample storage in the rest of your home, or are building storage into the new space. An attic provides an excellent storage space for all those items that you don’t regularly use but you don’t want to get rid of. Do you have space elsewhere for your tent, Christmas decorations and fancy dress? If you don’t then you need to decide whether the extra room will be worth the loss of this space.