Preparing Your Home for a Loft Conversion
If you’ve decided that you’d like a loft conversion for your property, there are some important factors to take into consideration.
Perhaps you’ve decided that you need more space in your home but don’t want to move. Alternatively, you may have bought a property or are considering purchasing a property as an investment for future resale and wish to add a loft conversion. Regardless of the property, you’ll need to check that the current loft space is able to handle additional building works. Speaking to an expert loft conversion company, you’ll be able to find out whether your property has potential for additional space.
If your property has sufficient strength within its structure to add a new loft conversion, it’s vital to also check that there is enough headroom for you to have a new loft room within your property. This is where contacting a professional loft specialist is invaluable. A good designer will be able to add a further room to your existing property as opposed to an additional floor. You will also need to plan for a new stairwell, so bear this in mind too.
Another important consideration that should be on your list, is whether your property is either a semi-detached or terraced. If this is the case, you’ll need to consider the Party Wall Act 1996. You have a duty to notify your local building control officer at every stage of the loft conversion; plus ensuring you receive a completed certificate on successful completion of the build. It also goes without saying that you will need to adhere to necessary building regulations.