Planning and costing a loft conversion
The most important question on the lips of all of our clients is “how much does a loft conversion cost?”
The cost of a loft conversion varies significantly from project to project. Having your loft or attic space converted into an additional room, or for storage, is a great idea – for one, it not only enables you to open up your existing home that little bit more, but it may even add more than a little value to your house.
It’s a fairly sound investment – and can make for some really unique rooms and stunning bespoke designs through the right tradespeople. They also make for a great focal point – if you’re looking to invite guests over to stay or for drinks, there really is no better option than converting a loft space into a spare room or an entertainment lounge. The only limits are set by your imagination!
However, there is always the matter of exact cost – as all homes and houses are different in construction and development, there is no straight answer as to exactly how much your proposed idea for a loft development will cost. This means that you will need to consider the different factors involved in preparing for such a conversion, and that you will need to budget as far ahead of time as possible!
How much will your loft conversion cost?
At lowest, you are likely to expect to pay around £10,000-£15,000 – however, depending upon your needs and wants, you could be expected to pay five times this amount if you live in a complex structure, or need considerable space converting. It’s therefore a good idea, too, to discuss your budgeting with us and with an independent accountant if you have one or are in need of sourcing capital to fund such a project.
Many people may opt for a simple ‘Dormer’ installation, which generally involves the construction of a box extension on the outside of your loft roof – these are popular as they are generally rather inexpensive for extensions as a whole, and they can help to provide a great deal of flat space.
Others, however, may wish to opt for a Hip to Gable installation, which will generally come in more handy for people who have sloped roofing (which may make it more complex for certain extensions to be installed).
It’s also a great idea to bear in mind the following factors when preparing for and pricing up your loft conversion:
- Heating and warmth – as with any other room in your home, you are going to need to consider radiators, water heating and even insulation.
- Window installation – how many, if any, will you need?
- Plumbing – toilets, sinks, baths and showers will be required if you are to install a bathroom or ensuite area.
- Loft strengthening – bear in mind that if you are to live in a loft space, you will require additional supports and insulation.
- Decoration and furnishing – is your conversion for space or for practical use?
- Staircases and other fixtures and fittings
There are a lot of factors to consider when pricing up your potential loft conversion – however, our team will always be happy to help you in finding the right option and design for your budget, your needs and your wants.
We are happy to discuss the best options for both structural security and your budget.