Today we are going to look at ways to reduce the cost of a loft conversion
Smart homeowners should always be on the lookout for easy and cost-effective ways to increase the value of their property. Converting an unused attic or loft into a functional area is a great way to not only add value onto your home for when you may want to sell, but your family will also benefit from the added living space.
4 Ways to Reduce the Cost of a Loft Conversion
While loft conversions can be a costly undertaking, with the average upgrade ranging from £20,000 up to about £60,000, there are several ways you can make the renovation as cost-effective as possible.
Go in with a Plan –
The easiest way to save money on your loft conversion is by ensuring you have a plan in place before you even start building. Make sure that you have a clear idea of why you want to convert your loft, how it will be used in the future, who will be using the area, and if your renovations will add enough value to your home to justify the expense of the renovations.
One of the key things to explore in this phase of the project is whether or not you have a reasonable amount of space to work with or not. The general rule of thumb is that an area should measure at least 5.5 metres from side to side and 7.5 metres from front to back. A space smaller than this is still usable; however, it will add complexity, and cost, to the overall project.
Ways to Reduce the Cost of a Loft Conversion – Be Your Project Manager
If you completed the planning phase correctly, are confident in your organisational skills, and you have a clear idea of what needs to be done and when, then taking control of the project yourself is a great way to save money on your renovation.
As a project manager, you will need to have a clear idea of the timeline of the project while managing deliveries, ensuring work done is up to par, liaising with contractors, and more, all the while ensuring that the project stays within your budget. You will also need to make yourself available should key decisions need to be made on-site to avoid delays.
Managing your project can save money; however, if not done correctly, it has the potential to ruin your project. If you are not confident in your skills then it may be time to call in an expert.
Know When to Ask for Help
While managing your project can save you money, sometimes expert advice is needed to make sure you can achieve your goals. When it comes to loft conversions, CK Architectural are one of the best places to go to. Based in Yorkshire, with other areas of operation too, they have a team of trained professionals that can assist with all your renovation requirements. You can arrange a free consult to walk through your conversion ideas and get a better understanding for which areas of the project you will need help with. The last thing you want to do is undergo some work yourself, only to find that it needs re-doing which would have been a waste of both your time and money.
Do Your Research Before You Start Building
There is nothing worse than finishing a building project only to discover that you are not compliant with the UK’s permitted development rights or you have violated building regulations. The fines, lawsuits, and cost to rebuild the space are guaranteed to put you over budget so be sure you have done your research beforehand to ensure you are within the ambit of the law when it comes to your loft conversion.
Converting a loft into a usable room in a home comes with its own set of challenges. However, if done right, a savvy property owner can add value to their home and have a new area to make their own without having to break their budget.
Ways to Reduce the Cost of a Loft Conversion is a feature post – you might also like my post on the best design tips for your loft conversion