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Is a Loft Conversion Right for Me? 5 Questions to Ask Your Builder...

Are you short on space in your house? A loft conversion may be the perfect solution for you. Converting your attic into liveable space can give you a lot of extra room to work with. However, before you decide to take the plunge, there are a few things you should consider. The excitement of having more living space in your home should not get in the way of practical considerations. Make sure to check on these five potential problems that may stop you from getting the loft conversion of your dreams.

Are there any Legal Restrictions to Consider Before Planning a Loft Conversion?

The legal restrictions for loft conversions in Sheffield vary depending on the type of house you have, if you want to increase the living space, or if you intend to change the shape and style of the roof. Always work with professional loft builders to figure out the best way to move forward with all necessary permits. In most cases, a loft conversion does not need planning permission if you only intend to change the inside space to something more useful.

Do I have Sufficient Headspace with My Existing Roof Height?

If your roof is too low, you may not have enough headroom to stand up in your new loft space. Luckily, there are several great solutions that your loft builders can offer. For example, a hip to gable renovation can greatly increase the usability of your loft. Take into consideration the space used by the insulation necessary to make a living space comfortable. If your roof is already at or above the minimum height required for a full conversion, you can get busy with the conversion and creating a lovely space to work, live and relax. See below for information on the types of loft conversions we offer:

Loft Conversion Types

Is there an Accessible Staircase to Reach the New Loft?

As storage lofts are a used space in most homes, you undoubtedly have a staircase or ladder leading up there. If you feel the current set up is insufficient for your future use, it is possible to have another set of stairs built or an existing one expanded in many cases. If you are considering converting your loft into a living space, be sure to ask about access and how you will be able to move furniture and yourself in and out.

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Will I have to Move My Header Tanks?

Older homes often have their header tanks for water supply and heating right in the middle of the loft or otherwise positioned in the way of your conversion plan. There are two ways to deal with this problem. First, you can call in the plumbers and have the tank moved somewhere more convenient. Second, you could upgrade your entire set up as long as the neighbourhood utilities and water pressure suit an unvented system.

Will this Affect My Neighbour's Property in Any Way?

As long as you understand all local regulations about loft conversions, all you have to do is inform your neighbour of the work and give notice when doing remodelling for the loft. Of course, any neighbour could get frustrated with a construction project right next door. With a professional team like ours, you do not have to worry about irresponsible parking, material handling or safety. Soon, you will be able to invite your neighbour over for a tour of your new loft conversion.


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