Before you begin a loft conversion, it’s important to evaluate the space on your roof and whether or not it is suitable for conversion. You can ask an architect or surveyor to check the structure of the existing roof to determine if the added load will cause any structural damage. You also need to consider the existing structure of the house, as some conversions will need alterations to the existing structure.
How to Hiring a Loft Conversion Specialist
Before you hire a loft conversion specialist, it’s worth checking whether they’re a member of an official trade body. The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Federation of Master Builders both require their members to meet specific criteria. In the case of the CIOB, this means that members have to have educational backgrounds, technical qualifications, and military training.
While loft conversions are generally considered permitted development in the UK, there are certain regulations that must be followed before they can go ahead. For example, if your property is in a conservation area, planning permission may be required. Planning permission costs PS172, but the conversion will still need to be inspected by a building inspector.
A professional loft conversion specialist can help you maximize your attic space and make the most of the extra space. This is a great way to increase your property’s value and make use of an extra floor. Plus, an attic conversion is far cheaper than other types of extensions, and it doesn’t take up valuable garden space.