Attic conversions – 5 things you should know

Attic conversions – 5 things you should know

If you want to add space and value to your house, and there is little room to the side or back of your property (or you love your garden too much), then Attic conversions are a great way to do so. The number of people who are now choosing to move up rather than out is increasing. It not only adds space to your house, but it also adds value. Most Attic conversions will give you an additional bedroom or two as well as an ensuite or second bathroom. Yes it does require building work to complete but can add at least 15% onto a property’s value, usually more than the works cost in the first place.

If you are considering an Attic conversion, make sure you are equipped with all the facts first. Which is why we have all the information you need before you start to design your dream Attic conversion. Take a look at our FAQ’s for more information.

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#1 Make sure there is sufficient headroom

The minimum head height of an Attic conversion is 2.3 meters. This is deemed fit to create your loft into your dream bedroom or office. However, if the height of your Attic is below the required measurement, don’t throw away your dream just yet. There are alternatives, but these are costlier. Lowering the ceilings by 20-40CM can give you that all important headspace in the attic .

 

#2 Attic conversions will give you value for money

Adding a loft conversion to your house can have significant effects on the value of it. Adding bedrooms is the best way to add value to your home, and attic conversions can give you up to two great new rooms for you or your kids now, and you can get your money back if you decide to sell.  Attic conversions vary in cost dependant on the design, with basic lofts starting at around £20,000 with double dormer conversions and en-suites between costing up to £45,000

 

#3 You probably don’t need planning permission

Most Attic conversions don’t need planning permission. This is due to most houses being given an amount of ‘permitted development’ by the planning department. This means you can go up to the loft without permission. Only when the size of the loft conversion is bigger than this allowance do you need planning permission or if you live in a conservation area.

 

However, you will need to satisfy building regulations. For example, depending on how some lofts are, they may need fire doors added to the Attic and other rooms.

 

#4 Is it a shared wall?

If you haven’t got a detached house, and your house adjoins to a neighbour. You will need to get your neighbour to sign a party wall agreement. This ensures that your neighbour is happy for you to do work on your house with a wall which is connected to them. Make sure you get this sorted as soon as possible, in order to give enough time if there is any disagreement.

 

#5 Tell your mortgage and insurance lender about your Attic Conversion

Remember to inform your mortgage and insurance lender before you go ahead with the conversion. By converting your loft, it may increase your buildings insurance premium.

 

Now you have all the information you need to know, it is time to get planning. If you need help with the architecture of your conversion, then get in touch with us. We are happy to help you turn your dreams into reality. Get in touch with us here.