Our guide to the ins and outs of loft conversion for your home
The idea of doing a loft conversion for some extra room makes a lot of sense. It can add value to your home, offer some breathing space, and be cheaper than moving to a larger house. Whether you decide to do most of it yourself or to get the builders in, here are some valuable resources for your loft conversion project!
Can I convert my loft?
If you own your own home and your loft is spacious enough, there shouldn’t be much preventing you. However, if your house was built after 1965 but before 2000, check your pitch (roof angle). It might require you to literally raise the roof to support the changes, making it uneconomical for most homeowners. The best idea is to consult a structural engineer who specialises in this type of work before making any commitments.
Their help can also be invaluable for finding out whether your loft conversion will require other remodelling costs for your house, such as adding a staircase.
How much will it cost?
A loft conversion can vary greatly in cost. The minimum you should budget would probably be around £20,000 but if you are planning on adding plumbing and so forth, it could be easily double that price or more. If you are planning to use the conversion to add value to your home, you should consult a Glasgow estate agent to see what adding a bedroom might do for your asking price.
Sometimes the cost for conversion can be lowered by doing some of the work yourself. If you’re skilled at home renovations, try UK Tool Centre or Tooled Up for your DIY supplies. But remember that work with gas and electrics requires a qualified engineer (or their sign-off on the work) by law.
What about warmth?
If you are planning to make a cosy bedroom, insulate and board the roof itself, as opposed to just the loft floor. For older properties, make absolutely sure there is no asbestos lingering about, as this will require specialist removal and a possible quarantine of the area! Read this guidance on where asbestos might be found and what to do if you suspect it is present in your home.
Also think about light and heat. The roof area is generally the hottest part of the house, and can be stifling. Adding a window that you can open will not only help air circulation, but add much needed natural light.
Planning for a loft conversion
The rules in Scotland are — as usual — slightly different to the rest of the UK. You need a building warrant before you start work, and approval when you’re finished.
You must also make sure you’re even allowed to make changes to your property. This is often prohibited in a conservation area. Check if your house is in a protected area, or listed, and read this general guide to whether you need planning permission.
If in doubt, get in touch with Glasgow City Council’s planning department.
Great ideas for how to use your loft conversion
Adding a bedroom is a great idea for increasing the value of your home, but what if you just need some extra space? Then try these thoughts:
- A home gym, yoga or meditation room
- A study
- A mancave, or womancave!
- A gaming room for teenagers always taking over the family telly
- A parents-only bathroom!
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