In this blog post we discuss loft conversions. Read on for our tips and advice
Our guide to loft conversions
One of the most important things to remember for any loft conversion is that it must have sufficient headroom...
Adding square footage is the surest way to add value to a house - just check that you're adding more value than it's going to cost. A loft conversion is a very popular way of creating extra space. It is generally cheaper per square foot to convert a loft than a kitchen or cellar, as most of the structure is already in place. However, think twice before you indulge your instinct to enlarge it to the max. Changing the profile of the roof by installing dormer windows or a minimansard will almost certainly make planning permission less likely. Furthermore, if the installation is badly designed, it can be an eyesore. Alternatively, why not incorporate as much natural light as you can with rooflights. If you do build a mansard, fitting a pair of glazed doors with railings outside with views over the back garden gives another level of luxury.
One of the most important things to remember for any loft conversion is that it must have sufficient headroom - anything below 7ft at the highest point will feel cramped. Bear in mind, too, that you will lose some of the head height in an attic when converting it to a habitable room, as you will need to strengthen the floor.