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Thinking about a loft conversion? Here's all you need to know

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A loft conversion is a great way to add both extra space and additional value to your home. However, lots of people decide to take the plunge and convert their loft space without giving it the time and consideration it needs.

We've put together this list of all the things you really need to know if you're thinking about a loft conversion to make sure yours is just right.

Do I need planning permission?

Not usually. Many people think they need to request planning permission before converting their loft but unless you're extending the space or live within a conservation area this is not normally necessary.

Despite not needing planning permission, you may need to check building regulations to make sure that your conversion complies with the structural rules. There are strict regulations about the type of stairs that are required, so be sure to research these first.

Consider the purpose of your conversion before you do anything

Whether your conversion is going to be a bathroom, bedroom or office space needs to be considered before you make any changes, as each type of room has its own specific requirements.

A bedroom needs to have a roof height tall enough for you to be able to get a full-sized wardrobe in there, unless you're planning to store clothing somewhere else or getting bespoke furniture. An additional bathroom will add more value to your home, but figuring out the plumbing can be tricky.

Can you really afford it?

Initially a loft conversion may not seem so expensive, but the costs can very easily start to stack up.

Making sure you can afford it is vital, so be sure to contact several different suppliers for quotes before the work starts. For high-quality products, take a look at all the best-value roofing insulation and equipment at Burton Roofing. Also, remember that the conversion should add around 15% to the value of your home, so make sure that the investment you're making is worth it.

Can you afford to lose space on the first floor?

It's almost inevitable that when building the stairs to your loft conversion you're going to lose valuable space on the first floor where the stairs to the loft conversion need to be built. If your upstairs is already quite cosy, this might not be something you're willing to sacrifice for an extra room.

Consider all these important aspects of your loft conversion to ensure you're making the right decision before getting started.

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