If you are a natural handy person and are used to doing a lot of do-it-yourself work in and around the house you might be wondering what the limits to your ability are when it comes to more challenging projects likeloft conversions. Is there a serious possibility that the average do-it-your-selfer with a bit of time on his or her hands could tackle one of these great ways of expanding one’s internal living space?
The answer seems to be a qualified “yes”. Of course it all depends on what exactly you have in mind for the conversion or extension and what your skills are let alone how much spare time you have available. If you really do have a lot of time, then there are plenty of opportunities in the average town or city to learn techniques and skills which are required to do the job yourself as well as a wealth of books and guides, let alone plenty of resources and online support groups on the internet.
Another point involved is that you can always leave the most difficult parts to somebody more qualified and do the easier jobs yourself. If you are going to be raising a roof or knocking down a structural wall and replacing it with something else then it is highly likely you would be relying on somebody with a lot more equipment and skills that you might have at your disposal – unless you are a builder yourself, of course!
The best way to start is to clear every scrap of rubbish out of the lold loft area – if it is a loft conversion that you are considering – and take some measurements and work out exactly what you want to do. The best likelihood of achieving a successful conversion is to make sure that you thoroughly plan every step of the project from the start. Good planning at the outset means that you won’t have to make major changes somewhere along the way that could be expensive and time consuming.
Think about why you want your loft conversion carefully. Most people build them because they are an economical way of getting more internal space and are great for growing children or an expanding family. The cost of most extensions should ideally help to boost the resale value of one’s property although what is going to happen to the property market in today’s climate of uncertainty is anybody’s guess. However, realistically one should certainly factor in the cost of the conversion versus the estimated increase in value in “normal” conditions and spend no more than what it is worth.
One of the easiest loft conversion types for the home builder is the dormer type. These can be front dormers or rear dormers, but usually it is the rear dormers that are simplest because they can be done without planning permission. The advantage of the dormer loft type is that it gives plenty more space and head room with minimal modifications and inconvenience and disruption to the house.