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Howdy, my given name is Samson but my nickname is Scratch, I pride myself in being a loft conversions specialist living in Cardiff, United Kingdom. My hobbies are sketching, flower growing and boxing. I went to school in Guildford and went to BPP University. I have a brother Phillip and two sisters, I have a pet goldfish called Kujo. I own a loft conversions company and like to help property owners remodel their dwellings so they do not actually have to move. Not everybody can afford to move to a bigger house these days, with real estate prices escalating and costs spiraling. It isn't simply the housing prices that affect this, but in addition the actual cost of moving house, which can be horrendously expensive recently. If you find that your home is not large enough to comfortably accommodate your growing family, relocating is not the only real alternative. A fairly costly solution is to put a brick extension onto your property to gain that extra room, however you may not be able to get the necessary planning permission, and also your property might not be suitable for this. Another option is to do a garage conversion, which is cheaper but will depend on you actually having a garage and not needing it for parking your car. An excellent answer that will increase the value of your current home without increasing the property footprint, is to convert your loft. For the reasons above loft conversion has gotten really popular over the last few years. Before you go along this avenue, you need to be sure that your home is in fact well suited for a loft conversion. Houses that have roofs made with trusses aren't generally suitable. Slightly older houses which were constructed before the 1970's are frequently good for loft conversions since they were built using sturdy rafters and there tended to be plenty of headroom. To make sure your specific loft space is acceptable, you will have to call in a loft specialist to give it a look. If everything is okay to move forward with your loft conversion, you can request a quotation from the builder. Don't just go with the initial quotation you get though, get a few quotations before picking your builder. Use your instinct instead of simply considering the price when selecting who's best to carry out your loft conversion. There is a good chance that you won't even need to get planning permission for your loft conversion, because most conversions don't need planning permission. To check if planning permission is necessary, speak to your local planning department. Although for property owners, doing a loft conversion might be a sensible choice, it requires a significant financial commitment. It's extremely unlikely that many homeowners will have that kind of money lying around, therefore it may be necessary to re-mortgage their home or take out a loan. As a basic guideline you might assume a loft conversion to cost you approximately the same as a good sized brickwork ground level extension and the probability is that you'll gain more space with an attic conversion while not expanding the footprint of your property. That kind of conversion you can get will most likely be based upon the style and layout of your particular house. Loft conversions are available in different kinds such as: roof lift conversions, loft pods, roof light loft conversions, velux loft conversions, hip-to-gable conversions, mansard loft conversions and dormer conversions. Talk to your builder or loft specialist to determine which sort is the best choice for your property and also which would be the most economical to fit your allowed budget. Dormers Perhaps the most popular sort of conversion presently is the dormer pattern, a concept that offers decent value for money, but still provides the most possible space. This is a well loved option with homeowners as its both appealing and practical and provides every little thing which is likely to be needed. With a dormer conversion its even possible to include a little balcony, which means that you are generating extra outdoor space as well. There are different kinds of dormers such as Velux dormers, gable fronted dormers, flat roofed dormers and shed dormers. Chat with an expert to find out which one is best suited for your particular property. Velux Conversions One one of the foremost names in roof windows, Velux, have been around for in excess of fifty yrs and they can be depended on to supply loft windows which are both dependable and high class. These are engineered to be fitted in line with the gradient of your roof and thus don't alter the look of the structure, nor do they generally need permission and they are reasonably economical to install. Velux windows produce a decent quantity of daylight and actually might need to have blinds in the summertime. If your loft has a fair bit of head space, Velux windows may be just the ticket for your project, particularly when you're on a limited budget. Just How Long Could it Take? The time scale for a loft conversion will depend on various variables which include the level of forward planning that is undertaken, the prevailing weather conditions, the availability of required materials, the dependability of the constructors and the style of conversion. As a rough guide a rear dormer conversion done on a terraced property ought to take about four to five weeks, a hip to gable dormer conversion on a semi-detached home should take around five to six weeks. You'll discover a number of uses to which your conversion can be put, once it's complete. Some turn it into a home cinema, a new bathroom or an extra bedroom or two. But of course there are plenty of uses to which a well built loft conversion can be put, restricted only by your imagination!
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