A Bit of History
The idea of loft conversions began in the United States in New York's Soho district during the 1960's. Artists began to create residential spaces in the upper parts of out-dated industrial buildings, even though at the time it was illegal to do so because these buildings were not zoned for residential purposes.
In today's housing market, moving house in order to gain one or two extra rooms may not be an option. On top of the expense, there's a lot of stress and hassle involved in the moving process. However, you can gain that extra room with a loft conversion and stay right where you are. If you ever do move, you will have increased your home's value by as much as 30%. It's no wonder that loft conversions have become the modern thing to do.
What type of extra room could you use? If you have a growing family, you might need an extra child's bedroom or a playroom.
The high unemployment rate, along with the cost of renting, has seen a lot of young adults returning to the nest. A loft conversion could fill the need of a private retreat for a grown son or daughter.
Perhaps you would like to have an elderly parent come to live with you, but simply do not have suitable accommodations to offer. A conversion would give you an extra bedroom with en suite for you and your spouse to enjoy, while your parent could stay on the ground floor so they do not have to climb stairs.
Many people work from home these days and need a private space away from the noise and distractions of active family life. Loft conversions turn out to be surprisingly bright and cheerful places in which to work, with plenty of space to store all of your office needs and private papers.
Whatever your needs and requirements, a loft may also be the answer and, compared to the cost of movers, lawyers' fees and the price of a new house itself, you may be pleasantly surprised by how cost-effective a loft conversion can be.
Before beginning a loft conversion, the loft conversion company of your choice will inspect and measure the loft to ensure there is enough space available to make a conversion possible. They will also check to make sure there is adequate headroom and space for the access stairs. A typical loft area ready for conversion is about 20-25 Sq. / m. Practically any loft area can be transformed into usable living space, provided there are no structural problems associated with the roof or the house itself.
Next, the loft conversion company will sit down with you to discuss your needs, wishes and budget and cover the options available to you in consideration of the available loft space.
They will then design the loft conversion according to the latest building regulations or, if you prefer, work off of plans you may already have on hand. You may even wish to bring in your own plumber or electrician. Some loft conversion companies are happy to work with you in any way that suits you. The price quoted you at this time will not change unless you request structural alterations during the project. After plans are agreed upon, the loft conversion company will commence the paperwork necessary in order to obtain the necessary government approvals and permissions.
Once permissions are received, work can begin on your loft conversion whenever you are ready. Depending on the design chosen, the whole project can take as little as 6-7 weeks to complete. A contract manager will be available on site from the start of the job until it is finished. It is their job to deal with any problems that may come up and answer all of your questions about the construction of your new loft. The loft conversion company handles everything right up to the point when the loft is ready for decorating.
Home Sweet Home
A conversion will give you and your family a beautiful new space to enjoy, whether you choose an en suite bedroom, a children's playroom or any other kind of space you can envision for your family's needs. You'll have more options for your changing circumstances and will be able to stay in your present home rather than face the bother and expense of moving house. A conversion is a reliably inexpensive undertaking, requires only a few weeks to complete and you will be increasing the value of your home by 20-30%. That's a future well worth investing in.