A loft conversion is rarely a completely straightforward procedure; in most cases beams will need to be added to the roof as well as the floor, in order to reinforce its strength. And bungalow loft conversions will require even more thinking. Most bungalows are built without internal load bearing walls (meaning that the walls are unable to handle the weight of an additional floor) . However, this is usually fixed by underpinning the walls. The problem however is, that this means that bungalow loft conversions are a much more expensive venture to execute than a conversion to a standard two or three storey house. It will also mean that unlike with most loft conversions, planning permission will need to be obtained which can be time consuming and again, costly.
Is your loft suitable for conversion?
Not all lofts will actually be suitable for conversion into an additional room – largely because the height of the loft is too low. The easiest way to tell if your loft is suitable is to attempt to stand. If you can comfortably stand, and walk around a reasonable amount of the floor space, then your loft should be suitable for conversion.
Want do you want?
There is no need to state that both loft conversions and bungalow loft conversions are major jobs. Therefore you need to absolutely sure that you are happy with the plans, and that these plans are made clear to your builder, since depending on what you choose, it may be very difficult to go back on the progress made.
Do you have the space for it?
While we might all dream of an additional three bedroomed palace, the reality of both loft conversions and bungalow loft conversions are that we are usually very limited on space. Therefore, if you want to include more than one additional room, you need to be absolutely sure that the loft space will allow for both of these to be of a reasonable size – in most cases one larger room will be more beneficial than two very small rooms. Also, if you are planning on incorporating an additional bathroom into your loft conversion, you need to be stringent about what facilities you can fit in there. There is little point having a fully equipped en-suite if the bedroom attached is going to be minute. Therefore, consider fitting a shower instead of a bath, or if the space is still too small, only a toilet and washbasin.
Research your builder’s credentials
It’s common knowledge that there are many dodgy builders ready to take your money and leave you with a substandard or unfinished job. That’s why it’s so important to research any builder that you’re considering to do the work and ensuring they are not only qualified, but have a good reputation to boot too. Thankfully, the internet has made it very simple to ascertain the credentials of any business, workman and anything in-between. A simple Google search for something such as ‘loft conversions Birmingham’ should reveal a list of local builders, along with a number of reviews to ensure that they are reputable and trustworthy.