Loft conversions are one of the best ways to add more space to your home without taking up precious areas of your garden with an extension. That said, it’s important to get your builder involved from the early stages to help avoid some the common loft conversion problems encountered. Here’s how you can take them on with ease.
Problem 1: Choosing the wrong design
There are many different loft types available, but one of the main problems faced by homeowners is choosing a design which is suitable for both the existing structure and what the space is required for. How many people will be using the room? How much space do you need? For larger loft conversions, hip to gable or gable-to-gable conversions are a better option, or for those who want a little extra room, the most common type of loft conversion is a dormer. Avoid the mistake of jumping in feet first and choosing a design which looks good rather than thinking about how it will work in practice.
How to avoid: Design the loft around the function of the room and how much space you’ll require for its intended use.
Problem 2: Lack of Space
While loft conversions will give you more floor and headroom, space-saving designs will help you to make full use of the area. Many assume that they should just purchase fixtures and fittings they like the look of without considering how to save space. If you’ve got limited room in your new loft, choose features which will help give you the function you need without taking up masses of room. You can opt for fixtures such as flush lighting, spotlights and custom storage options which fit into any odd-shaped spaces or alcoves. These tailored features maximise the space you have.
How to avoid: Make the most of your loft space by using space-saving designs and flush fixtures.
Problem 3: Obtaining planning permission
One of the biggest nightmares for any homeowner is to undergo extensive building work on their property, only to find they don’t have the right planning permissions in place. In the worst cases, they may even be asked to reverse the work carried out. Luckily, loft conversions often don’t need full planning permission if they fall within permitted development specifications. If your designs fall within these, you can simply obtain a Certificate of Lawful Development from your local council as written proof that your project falls within such limitations.
How to avoid: Follow our simple guide to loft conversion
Problem 4: Failing to plan
While an experienced builder will always make the process simple throughout, planning for life in your home during the build is essential for creating a stress-free conversion. Ensure you plan how your family life will work around the project, where to access your new loft and ask your builder how long the conversion will take. This helps to manage expectations from the start and everyone involved is on the same page.
How to avoid: Use a builder who offers expert services for every part of the loft conversion process, from design to installation.
Ready to plan your loft conversion? Get in touch with the team at Tiger Building Services for expert design advice and free, no-obligation quotations. We provide high quality loft conversion services to locations across London, Sussex and Surrey, including homes in Raynes Park and Wimbledon.