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With the growing expense of buying a house at present, not every property owner is even able to find the cash to move home simply to gain a little extra living space. The cost of actually moving house should be added onto the asking price of the new home plus all the extras when you're determining the overall expenditure involved. If your property is no longer big enough to comfortably accommodate your growing family, moving home is not the only alternative. If your property is suitable, you could potentially add a brick extension to get that extra space. You will unquestionably need planning permission for this and it could be expensive. You could perhaps do a garage conversion, as long as you have a garage and aren't currently using it for your car. Another option is a loft conversion, which could not just be cost effective, but should also add more value to your home without extending its footprint. Lately, for some of the reasons mentioned above, loft conversion has gotten more popular than ever. You need to be sure your house is in fact suitable for a loft conversion before making your final decision. Houses which have trussed roofs are not really suitable. A large number of houses constructed prior to the seventies have sufficient headroom and they are the most suitable for loft conversions. To check on the scenario with your specific loft and ensure it's suitable you must bring in a conversion specialist. The builder will provide you with a quotation for the project once he's determined that your particular loft is suitable for conversion. Get several additional quotations from different loft specialists, so you've got a decent choice of tradesmen. Try to use your intuition instead of solely considering the price when choosing who is the best person to do your loft conversion. Loft conversions pretty much never require the need for planning permission, so it's unlikely that your one will. Your local planning office is where you need to go to check if you do need planning permission. Although having a conversion is the right solution for lots of householders, it is still a costly undertaking. Lots of people obtain a loan for projects like this, or even re-mortgage their house. As a basic rule of thumb you could assume that a loft conversion will cost you about as much as a decent sized brick built ground level extension and the chances are that you'll generate more room with a conversion whilst not increasing your property's footprint. That type of conversion you get will probably be based upon the design and layout of your actual house. There are different styles of loft conversions that you can get in including: velux loft conversions, loft pods, roof light conversions, dormer conversions, hip-to-gable conversions, roof lift conversions and mansard loft conversions. Speak with your chosen builder to ascertain which kind is most suitable for you home as well as which is the most cost effective to match your budget. One of the most popular types of loft conversion currently is the dormer layout, a design which gives you value for money, and still yields the maximum possible space. This style is a well loved option with home-owners as it's both eye-catching and functional and offers everything which could possibly be needed. With this layout it could even be possible to include a little balcony, which means that you are even creating supplemental outdoor space too. There are distinct types of dormers such as flat roof dormers, Velux window dormers, shed dormers and hipped dormers. Talk to a professional to understand which one would be best suited for your particular house. One one of the foremost names in roof windows, Velux, have been around for more than fifty yrs and you can rely on them to supply loft windows that are both top quality and dependable. These windows are built to fit in line with the slope of the roof and thus don't change the look of the structure, they don't usually call for local authority permission and they are fairly cheap to put in. Velux windows produce an adequate amount of daylight and in fact may need blinds during the warm months. If your attic has got a decent amount of height, a Velux conversion could be just the thing for you, in particular when you're on a budget. The length of time that it should take to complete a conversion on your loft is determined by four or five things which include the availability of required materials, the climatic conditions, the amount of pre-planning that's undertaken, the ability of the builders and the type of conversion. As an approximate guide it ought to take approximately four or five weeks to accomplish a rear dormer loft conversion on a terraced house and approximately five to six weeks to do a hip to gable dormer conversion on a semi-detached property. When your loft conversion is finished, there are several uses to which you could put that additional area. You can turn it into an additional bedroom or two, a kid's playroom or a new family bathroom. However there's a lot of uses to which a well designed conversion can be put, restricted merely by your imagination! You should also get yourself some sash windows, take a look here: Sash Window Installers

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