Having a loft conversion is one of the most cost-effective ways to add extra space to your home in 2023. It will allow you to utilise rarely used space and add significant value to your property. Let’s investigate some ways that you save money and keep your loft conversion costs down.
1. Plan Effectively
As a wise man once said, ‘Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail’.
Drawing up detailed loft conversion plans will allow you to avoid considerable financial obstacles at each stage of the project.
It’s very important that you have a clear idea for the purpose of the conversion so that you can gauge the potential costs and see if it falls within your budget.
Before you get started on the project, you must seriously consider if your loft is suitable for a conversion. Considerations must be made on your roof structure, the height of the roof, appropriate lighting, and available floor space. Not taking these factors into consideration may result in financial implications when work needs to be adjusted or redone.
Your roof must be:
- A minimum of 2.2-2.4m from the bottom of the ridge timber to the top of the ceiling joist if it’s a traditional cut rafter and purlin roof
- 2.4-2.6m if it’s a modern trussed roof
Your floor space must be a minimum of:
- 5m side by side
- 8m front to back
You must also consider the type of loft conversion that you desire. The four main types of loft conversion are roof light, dormer, hip-to-gable and mansard, all of which vary in price.
2. Hire a professional
Before start of any construction work, architectural plans need to be drawn up.
Though it will add further costs to your project, seeking out the professional expertise of an architectural consultant or designer with plenty of experience will give you a better chance of meeting permitted development and planning permission requirements.
A reputable architectural service will be able to help you prepare the project design and obtain approvals.
Regarding the design process, hiring an expert who fully understand building standards and regulations means they can quickly identify anything that may present financial issues. Alongside the design benefits, they will also be able to accurately inform on likely contractor and material costs, simplifying the process of hiring a builder.
It’s important to get a competent architect that has worked on similar projects to the one that you desire on your property so that it matches your expectations and doesn’t require any extra financial outlay upon completion.