Should we convert the loft? A loft conversion is an alternative to moving, generating more space and value, as much as 20% of your house value. But this depends on getting it right from the start and using companies and tradesmen whose track records you can thoroughly vet.
Cutting costs or rushing without doing the necessary research will compromise the result. So it’s important to take time to understand :
- Loft Conversion costs and the types available
- how long it’ll take to build your conversation
- if you need planning permission
what types of loft conversion are there?
The type of loft conversion you settle on will depend on :-
- how much you want to spend.
- suitability of the space
- need for planning permission.
- Velux – the least expensive option involves affixing one or two windows to the roof to introduce light. Cost: £20,000-£25,000.
- Dormer – the most common type of loft extension is a small flat roofed extension with one or more windows or a L shaped extension to the dormer. Cost from £25,000-£30,000 for a standard Dormer and £40,000-£45,000 for an L-shaped Dormer.
- Hip to Gable – this is where one or both of the end sloping parts of the roof are replaced with a gable wall. Cost: £42.000-£48.000.
- Mansard – a Mansard extension replaces one side of the roof to form a straight wall and flat roof. It could mean extending both sides, resulting in a whole new storey. The renovation is major and would involve planning permission. Cost: £45,000-£50,000.