Considerations If You're Planning A Loft Conversion

If you’re planning on a loft conversion in Glasgow then you’ll be looking at all the different things you need to take into consideration. A loft conversion is a lot cheaper than a house extension or a complete move to a larger property.

However, whether it adds value to your home really depends on whether this type of conversion is right for you. Let’s look at some of the consideration for planning a loft conversion and help you to make the right decision or whether or not to go ahead.

Weight and Height

These are probably the first practical things to consider before deciding on a loft conversion in Glasgow. You need to measure from floor to ceiling to see whether there’s sufficient head height available for one. You also need to think about the weight of your house and whether a loft conversion is suitable, you can expose the foundations and get someone else, or yourself, to check. You may need additional support for your loft with extra beams to strengthen the floor and roof if needed.

How long does it take to build a loft conversion in Glasgow?

It can take around a month to build a loft conversion in Glasgow. There will be noise and perhaps a little mess, but less than you’d get with a house extension. There’ll be a chute for waste to go straight down and out of the house into a skip. Scaffolding will link the loft to the house until the conversion is complete.

What do I need to consider when choosing windows?

It is very important to choose the right type of window for your loft conversion. Dormer windows are a popular choice and allow headroom and plenty of light into the room. You may need planning permission for dormer windows as they can change the outside appearance of your house. You can have skylights installed into the roof and again, this is a popular choice and let’s in lots of light.

Budget Considerations

Know how much you want to spend and allow for any unexpected emergencies or extras. You must think about plumbing and electrics too, so add this into your budget. Don’t let yourself be taken by surprise.

Think About Loft Insulation

You need good insulation in your loft and this is required by the building regulations. As you can imagine a loft can get very hot in summer and freezing cold in winter. The walls and ceiling should be properly insulated and building regulations stipulate that your insulation should cater for thermal and sound insulation.

Roof Structure Considerations

There should already be internal support in the roof but they will be removed to make way for your loft conversion and naturally they’ll be replaced with new support.

There will be many changes to accommodate your new loft, and floor and ceiling joists will see some dramatic changes. You need to make sure that the builders you hire know exactly what they’re doing and that they understand how to create safe and reliable structure for your loft conversion.

Loft Stairs

You need a practically built stairway to your newly converted room. They can work out expensive, so make sure you figure this into your budget. It may be a good idea to get building control to approve your staircase before it’s built so you don’t waste money. You can send a copy of the design so they can take a good look at it before you go ahead. You also need to consider emergency exits, and that whoever occupies your new room can escape quickly should there be a fire.

Start 2 Finish – Loft Conversions Glasgow

If you’re thinking of creating a loft conversion in Glasgow, then we hope the above information gives you all you need to think about when considering a new conversion. It’s an important step and it deserves to be done well. If you’d like to discuss it with us, then do please contact us. We’re happy to answer all your questions, we have many years’ experience and all of our team members are trained and qualified.