Loft Conversion: Most Important Questions and Answers from West London Builders
The multiply lockdowns caused by the pandemic made us all craving for more space, whether for an extra room to work in or for an extra living room to have family movie nights. If you are a property owner in London, you can fulfil your dream of extra space with extensions. Before you start a home extension project, there are many factors to consider. What extension is suitable for your need? Is it worth it to get a home extension? Today we answer the most important questions regarding loft conversion.
Why should I convert my loft in London?
If you outgrew your home or desire more space, moving isn't your only option. Getting a loft conversion is not only an investment, but you will save money on the moving costs while adding value to your property.
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Why is a loft conversion an investment?
Loft conversions are popular in London for a reason; it is known as the best and easiest way to add value to your home. A research carried out by the Nationwide Building Society has stated that converting your loft could add up to 20% to your home's value. A loft conversion is a cost-effective way to increase the square footage and the resale value of your home. Creating an extra room, especially in prime London areas such as Chelsea, Kensington, Mayfair, Belgravia, Holland Park, Notting Hill etc., is beneficial when it comes to selling.
How long does a loft conversion take? Do I have to move out?
A loft conversion is simple and can usually be completed in 1-2 weeks (refurbishment not included), and you can stay in your home.
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Loft conversion or extension? How to choose?
It all depends on the end result and what you want to achieve. An extension adds some extra living space on the ground floor and usually expands the kitchen space to the side or rear. In the meanwhile, a loft conversion adds an extra room to your home.
What permissions will I need?
Before carrying out a loft conversion, a Building Regulation approval is needed, reviewed by a surveyor. Most loft conversion projects are permitted home developments, so planning permission is not required. You will need planning permission if your development plans exceed certain limits and conditions, such as extending the roof space beyond its limits. If you sign up with a turnkey construction company, they will assist you with every required document.
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Is every loft convertible in London?
To ensure that the loft is accessible, the ceiling must reach 2.4 metres in height. It also depends on the pitch and shape of your existing roof. If you want professional advice on whether your loft is convertible, get in touch with a building company.
If you are considering a loft conversion in West London, get in touch with our team for advice. We are happy to help you and give a quote.