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WHAT YOU NEED TO CONSIDER - photo library images used on this page

A properly constructed loft conversion will add value to your home especially in today's economic environment. The Federation of Master Builders claims that a professional conversion can take up to 12 weeks.

Firstly take a look at your existing loft. Can you stand up in it? Planning bodies suggest a height of approx 7 foot or around 2 metres is best.

Currently most conversions don't need formal planning consent although it is wise first of all to ensure local government legislation is compatible with your plans. All this can be implemented by AllUKLofts staff.

Financing a conversion shouldn't be a problem especially if you own the property either on a mortgage or outright, simply because of the increase in value after the work is completed.

Decide first of all what type of conversion you desire selecting from our guide on the Types of Loft Conversion   page.

You need to decide upon the windows, and methods of opening the windows, as well as materials and manufacturer you prefer.

Access from the floor below needs to be considered too. Do you prefer a custom designed staircase, ladder, or other type of access through the hallway or another room.

Decide also on how you want the floor strengthened. Will you be having polished boards, carpet tiles or some kind of broadloom carpet or other non-woven material.

Decor is an important factor. Do you prefer wallpaper, painted walls, drapes, and if you plan to use the room with large items of furniture - how will they be put in?

Lighting will need to be planned as well as heating and special wiring into the loft space with mains sockets if required.

It is vital that the structural strength of the new floor is sufficient. Furthermore the stability of the entire extension, especially the roofing, is not endangered or a danger to occupants or those near the property.

The stairs must be safely designed to access the new floor from the lower lever.

Sound insulation to adjacent floors and rooms needs to be sufficient and effective.