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10 Mistakes Homeowners Commonly Make When Building a Loft Conversion

If done right, a loft conversion can have many benefits. Disaster can occur if things go wrong. Avoiding these common errors can help you avoid an attic crisis.

1. Poor design

Poor design does not always have to be the fault of the homeowner. However, a loft conversion specialist will only do what you ask. You can expect them to make suggestions, but layout, space and light should always be considered a priority. Loft extensions do not always make the most of space and natural light.

2. Get a professional loft specialist

Loft conversions require specialized skills and should only be done by an expert. It is not a clever idea to hire an ordinary builder.

3. Connect with the contractor you decide to hire

Loft conversions typically take between 8-10 weeks. Therefore, it is important to find a contractor that you can trust and get along well with. It is easier to convert your loft design ideas into reality if you build a relationship with a loft conversion specialist.

4. Incorrect placement of new staircase

Your house's layout and architecture will be affected by the position of your staircase case. Your staircase should balance your home, but sometimes they can encroach on bedrooms or create dead space that could be better used.

5. Failing to upgrade the heating system

An attic room heating system can be easily connected to your central heating system to increase the heat output of your home. However, the system must be upgraded to accommodate an additional heating source. Heating systems are often not able to heat radiators correctly or have poor water pressure in the En suite shower. It may also drain heat from other radiators and water sources within your home.

6. There are no storage provisions

Many people use their attics as storage. This can then be lost when you make a living space in the roof area. Even though you may have done a thorough clean-out, there will be items that still need to be stored somewhere. Make sure that you have enough storage space in your attic, so it does not get cluttered.

7. Insufficient soundproofing

A loft conversion can be a fantastic way to create a private space where you can enjoy peace and quiet. However, if the room is not soundproofed enough, it can be noisy and ruin the beauty of the space.

8. Poorly designed Layout

Attics are limited in space and have little headroom, so it is important to plan your loft conversion. There may not be enough space to alter the layout depending on how big your attic space is. Make sure that plug sockets are available and that the roof and wall spaces are used to their full potential.

9. Inability to obtain planning permission

A loft conversion is typically classed as permitted development which means you do not need planning permission. However, you do have to adhere to building regulations, so it is best practice to apply to your local council anyway. Failure to do so could result in a fine.

10. Party Wall Agreements

Another legal aspect that is often overlooked is the Party Wall Act. It states that your neighbours must be informed about any plans for home improvements. You can have your neighbours dispute the extension, and they also have the right to decide when the day builders work on your property. Long-term delays can be caused by failing to notify neighbours.