The popularity of the loft conversions relate to the benefits that are gained by the homeowner. One of the main reasons is that an often unusable room is transformed into space that is fully liveable, which has the potential to increase the marketable value of a property by as much as 20%.
If consulting with a loft conversion specialist, you will likely find out that there are two main types of loft conversions, which relate to the dormer and roof window conversion. A roof window conversion is basically the process of installing a specific type of roof window, which are effective at letting in a significant amount of light throughout the daytime. A roof window is also highly aesthetically appealing when viewing the property from the outside. While the dormer conversion relates to a more extensive project and includes installing the windows, increasing the space and headroom in the attic, and creating space for permanent staircase access.
Prior to starting the construction phase of a loft extension, a specialist first inspects the available attic space to decide whether it is suitable for the type of work. It is important to decide that there is enough headroom and adequate space for the access stairs. A roof will also be given a detailed inspection to make sure it is in a sound and leak-free condition before any work can be undertaken.
If required, it will be necessary to apply for the right building and planning permits to make sure you have the consent from the local authorities to have this particular type of work completed on your property. Permits are often required where external construction takes place, such as a need to complete a roof extension, install roof windows, or to create necessary staircase access. If it is just minor internal conversion work, then this can often be completed without the need to consult with the local authorities.
A loft extension is often a quite costly project to undertake, but due to the complex nature of this type of work, it often benefits to use the services of a specialised conversion contractor.