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Loft Conversion Costs

How Much Does a Loft Conversion Cost?

Not surprisingly, like yourself, everyone’s first question when planning a building project is “How much will it cost“. This is true of every project, not just loft conversions.

Loft Conversion prices in the UK

The cost of converting your loft will depend on which area of the UK you live in.

Also which type of conversion you would like coupled with the existing condition and structure of your property.

All this makes it very difficult to narrow the costs down to an exact figure, but there are some estimate figures you can use as a guideline when pricing your conversion.

The good news is, what money you spend on the loft conversion will be reflected in the value of your home. Making a loft conversion, not only a good way to extend your home and make it more comfortable, but also as an investment in your property.

Good Estimate

A good all round figure for a professional loft conversion in the UK would start at £20,000 rising to around £35,000. London loft conversions can be expected to priced at around £50,000.

Professional tradesmen always cost more in London but the extra cost will be reflected in the higher value of your home when it’s complete and re valued by a London estate agent.

Of course one way of keeping costs down is to do some of the manual work yourself, leaving the more technical work to the professionals.

If you are in any doubt, always consult a tradesman with experience of converting lofts.

Different Types of Conversions

Let’s look at some estimated figures for different types of loft conversions.

The most basic loft conversion is when it’s done for storage purposes rather than adding additional living space.

Storage Only Conversion

Loft storage conversion can be completed in day or two depending on the size of your loft.

Cost wise you should be looking at £1000 – £1800

For this you’ll get a loft hatch with ladder, lighting and flooring.

Traditional Standard Loft Conversion

A standard loft conversion to be used for creating more living space in your home will cost in the region of £20,000 – £35,000.

Different requirements for each project will cause the costs to change.

  • Number of skylights
  • En suites require plumbing
  • Existing condition of roof structure and tiles
  • Dormer windows will raise the cost considerably.

Loft Conversion Size Matters

The size of your loft will also be an important factor to the cost of the conversion.

Small £16,000 – £20,000
Medium £19,000 – £30,000
Large £30,000 – £50,000

The figures presented are basic estimates, as described above there are a whole range of circumstance from area of the UK to number of skylights which will effect your loft conversion cost.

If you’re serious about planning a loft conversion, have some plans draws and obtain a few estimates to get an exact figure.

If you’ve had a conversion priced we’d love to hear about it.

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Decorating your loft conversion

Decorating your loft conversion

Creating a loft conversion is one of the simplest and most cost-effective ways of adding more room to a house and the new space can be used for a wide range of purposes: as a guest bedroom, a child’s bedroom, a hobby room or simply an extra space in which to relax. Once you’ve completed your loft conversion and decided what you plan to use it for, you have the fun part to look forward to: decorating it.

There are as many different ways to decorate a loft conversion as there are uses for the attic space. In a loft room with sloping ceilings, you ought to consider keeping the decor simple, as this will make the space appear much brighter and larger. Paint flat and sloping parts of the roof the same, light colour to add an extra sense of height: white is preferable.

If you’ve just finished building your loft conversion, wait as long as possible before painting newly plastered walls. Use a water-based sealer to keep the plaster in good condition, especially if a cold winter is on its way.

Colour schemes

Stick with light colours to brighten up what at first glance often appears to be a cramped, dark space, but don’t feel like you have to stick with white: fun, seaside themes can look great in a bedroom loft conversion, and don’t be afraid to slap on plenty of pastel pinks, greens and blues. If you’re aiming for a more soothing ambience, then pale shades are brilliant for creating a peaceful, restful atmosphere in a bedroom retreat.

Furnishing your new loft

When choosing furniture for your new loft conversion, stick to pieces that fit with the overall theme: an old beach chair, for example, could be given a new coat of paint and a new life in a breezy seaside bedroom. Look around second-hand shops for unique purchases.

If you can, assemble furniture up in the loft, as carrying pre-made items up two sets of steep stairs may not even be possible. If you are planning a games room in your loft, have a plan worked out as to how that snooker table is going to get itself into the room.

Add a sofa in your loft conversion for that attic retreat feel. If there isn’t enough space to fit a large sofa, opt for a comfortable two-seater and place it in the centre of the floor area. You don’t have to stick with the rustic theme: leather sofas can add a touch of style and sophistication to any converted loft.

Custom-made units with sliding doors take up least space when opened, while mirrors give off the illusion of space and bounce light around the room. Built-in shelves in the loft’s nooks make use of the pre-existing space and look great.

When it comes to making an attic space look welcoming, good lighting is crucial. Consider using halogen spotlights, which mimic daylight and are thus ideal for a room with small windows and little daylight: and speaking of windows, don’t forget to save some of your budget for some smart new blinds for your skylights. Custom-made blinds for Velux windows or similar come in many fresh styles and contemporary designs, from blackout blinds to Venetians.