Having your loft converted is a fantastic method to add living space to your house without the stress and pandemonium of relocating. It can also be a substantially less costly solution and all that extra room you’ve developed will add desirability and market value to your house, as much as 23% according to Nationwide Building Society. For these reasons, lots of expanding families and property developers likewise now view it as a clever financial investment choice, so just what exactly is the cost of a loft conversion?
There isn’t usually a straightforward answer to that question because loft conversion prices will change significantly in connection with your unique needs. Prices can start from only £10,000, at a very basic level, and reach upwards of £50,000 depending on the size and complexity.
Some standard things to consider when working out your loft conversion cost would include:
Potential work necessary to reinforce the loft to make it fit for purpose
Adding roof or dormer windows
Plumbing of basins, toilets, baths and showers if you’re planning on a bathroom or an ensuite
The heating system installation
The level of extravagance you might want to use in the finishing and designing
Staircase and landing
The type of loft conversion you choose will also have a huge effect on the overall cost. These are just some examples:
Dormer Loft Conversion Costs
This entails extending outward, in a box shape, from the side or back of a sloping roof. Internally, a dormer has a horizontal ceiling and vertical walls which can be great for maximising space. Dormers have become popular and tend to be considered to be the cheapest option, depending upon the amount and style of dormers you add. An approximate guide price for a dormer loft conversion would be between £19,000 – £27,000. Incredibly, many dormers (but not all) won’t in fact involve any planning permission.
Hip to Gable Loft Conversion
Homes with a hip roof normally have lofts with a small amount of internal volume therefore the most suitable solution, to provide the largest amount of space, is often hip to gable. This involves converting the sloped side of the roof (the hip) into a flat, gable end. Planning permission is more likely to be needed here as you are effectively changing the curve or the roof. The price of a hip to gable loft conversion could range from between £30,000 – £35,000.
Mansard Loft Conversion
These are typically a more expensive option but will create the utmost amount of possible space. A mansard has a flat roof and then the whole back slope is transformed to a steeper gradient – commonly around 72 degrees. Substantial work will have to be done on the structure so planning permission is virtually always required. Mansard Loft Conversions can cost anything from £30,000 – £40,000.
Need a Full Quote For a New Loft Conversion?
If you’re thinking of having a loft conversion and want a much more accurate idea of exactly how much it’ll cost, Billing & Rowan offer a completely free, no obligation quotation service for loft conversions Wirral and the North West of England. Their skilled team of builders and architects will review your project fully and can offer you advice on how to get the most from your budget.