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Guide to Building a Loft Conversion in Manchester

Loft conversions can be a fantastic way to gain more practical space for your home, find out how below.

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A loft conversion is a fantastic idea for many properties in Manchester as they provide a great way to add additional space and rooms. In order to build your own loft conversion in Manchester, you will need to know be aware of any permissions you may need and the costs you can expect. If you're considering building a loft conversion yourself or hiring someone else to do it for you, make sure you read through our guide first!


What is Loft Conversion?

A loft conversion - simply put -is the change the use of an existing attic space into a livable space. This could be anything from a bedroom to an office or even a playroom for your kids.

Loft conversions are becoming more and more popular due to the fact that they offer a lot of extra living space at a fraction of the cost of building an entirely new room from scratch.

Loft conversions can be a great way to add value to your home, as well. In fact, in some cases, they can increase the value of your home by up to 20%. This is because loft conversions are seen as a sign of luxury and comfort – something that many potential buyers are looking for.

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Types of Loft Conversion

There are many different types of loft conversions, but the most popular ones include:

1. Pitched garage roofs converted into bedrooms

This is a common type of loft conversion. If you have a garage roof space that's not being used or is simply empty, converting it into living space will give you extra storage and sleeping space away from the main house.

2. An attic bedroom or office

If your house attic has enough height for another floor, then why not convert it? There are many benefits to this type of loft conversion. For one, it can give you lots more space for your family and guests – as well as a home office or guest room if needed!

3. A second bathroom

If there's not enough bathroom space in your house and an extra bedroom isn't necessary, then converting your loft into a second bathroom may be the best solution. This is also a great way to add value to your home!

4. Attic extensions turned into extra living space

If you have a small house or apartment, then an attic conversion may be the perfect way to add extra living or communal space. These conversions can also help increase your home's value and give you something unique!

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What Will You Need To Build A Loft Conversion?

In order to build a loft conversion in Manchester, you're going to need the following:

Survey

This is a small but important requirement. It's always worth getting a measured survey done before any major home improvement project begins!

A survey will give you an idea of what level of work needs to be carried out and whether or not there are any underlying issues with your building that could cause issues later on.

Having a measured survey also makes sure you are working within the key measurements of the loft space. If you are interested in measured surveys and other architects surveys, we can help.

Plans

You'll need detailed plans that show everything from the layout of the new space to the placement of windows, doors, and skylights.

Planning permission

If you're planning on changing the exterior of your home, then there's a good chance that you'll also need to get planning permission. This will depend on where you live and what type of space is being converted (and whether it falls within permitted development rights). However, in most cases, building owners will need to get planning permission in order to build loft conversions.

Building Regulations approval

 If you're hiring someone to build your loft conversion for you (or doing it yourself), then you'll need their building regulation certificates of compliance. If they don't have them, then the work cannot be carried out! You can find more information on this by visiting:

As Architects, these are all services we can provide advice on for free and undertake on your behalf as your Architect.

Build!

Once these items are confirmed, your ready to build your project!

How to build a loft conversion in Manchester?

Make sure you follow these simple steps to end up with the loft conversion you desire:

Step 1

Get the right advice

If you're building the loft conversion yourself, then hiring a local architect or building company might be the best way of getting an accurate idea about what needs to be done. They'll be able to give you a realistic quote and timeline for the work, as well as advice on what needs to be done in order to make sure your conversion is up to code. 

Step 2

Get your plans in order

A loft conversion is a big project, and you'll need to have detailed plans so that nothing goes wrong. You can get these from architects or building companies, with the former often giving more comprehensive advice. However, there are also many DIY guides available online which will give step-by-step instructions for every stage of the conversion.

Step 3

Get planning permission

If you're changing the exterior of your home or converting it into something with a different use (such as an office), then there's likely going to be some planning permission involved. It's best to get this before any major renovation work begins so that you can avoid unnecessary stress later on!

Step 4

Get Building Regulations approval

If you're hiring a professional to build your loft conversion, then they'll be able to get all the relevant documents and certificates that are required by law. However, if not, it's important that you take care of this yourself before they even begin work on your project. This will ensure that all building work is carried out legally and to code – as well as avoid any potential disputes later on!

Step 5

The demolition!

Unless your loft is already in a usable state, you'll need to knock down parts of the existing ceiling and take care of all the necessary preparations before work can begin on the new space.

Step 6

The build

This is where all the hard work really begins! Be prepared for mess and noise as your builders go to work on creating your dream loft conversion.

But don't worry, once it's completed, you'll have a fantastic new space for relaxing and entertaining friends.

Step 7

Finishing touches

This is the final part of any building project, so make sure that your builders leave no stone unturned! Have them do anything necessary to ensure that your conversion looks good (and works well) before they leave for good.

Make sure that any builder you do hire includes for a retention period at the end of the job (normally at least 1 year long). These retention periods mean the builder can revisit to fix any minor issues before the final money is released


How Much Will It Cost?

The cost of a loft conversion will depend on:

Your chosen building company

The more reputable and experienced they are, the better. So make sure to do your research before hiring anyone!

The type of space and size you want

Bigger lofts tend to be more expensive as it takes longer for builders to complete them. But with a bit of careful planning, you can still create a great space without breaking the bank.

The materials used

This will also vary depending on your location, so it's important to get accurate quotes before starting any work.

We have provided an estimation tool below that you can use for your loft conversion, however it should be noted the price can change considerably compared to other projects (such as rear extensions and dormer roofs). 

If you need more advice on cost of your project, read on to where you can book us in for a free consultation.

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Loft Conversion Construction Calculator

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Conclusion

A loft conversion can be a great way of increasing the value of your home, as well as creating extra living space. But it's important to remember it is still a big project and will require careful planning and execution if you want it to be done properly.

So follow our guide and get in touch if you have more questions, you'll be on your way to enjoying your new loft in no time! 

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