Loft conversions are a great way to utilise the unused space that you already have in your home without having to move. Each year, thousands of people convert their homes and the numbers are always increasing. On average, market research suggests that loft conversions can add up to 20% of the original value to a home, meaning that in most cases they pay for themselves over time. However, there are a few things that you should know before you start building.
First of all, as with most construction that affects the exterior of your home, you may require planning permission. Around 95% of cases, dormers that face the road require a planning application, whereas those that face the rear rarely do. There are also building regulations to take into consideration. UK law states that any project that alters or installs foundations, drains, walls, floors and load bearing members needs building regulations approval. Failure to do so may result in a fine. You also need to remember about the party wall agreement if your wall adjoins your neighbours.
Another thing to take into consideration is fire protection. Homes that already have a ground and fist floor require the second floor to have 30 minutes of fire protection below it. The ceilings of older properties are often made from thin plasterboard so it is required to install a fire break before installing a loft conversion. Fortunately, we are the experts when it comes to loft conversions in Sheffield and the surrounding regions, and we are able to deliver advice, guidance and documentation to help you through all of these issues.
To date, we have completed over 750 conversions throughout the area meaning that we’re a trusted name for all types of loft conversions in Sheffield. If you would like to know more about our services and how we can help you increase the space in your home, please call us today for further information.