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How To Convert Your Loft Into An Extra Bedroom

At a time when the UK government has recently introduced a new tax on under-occupied properties, many residents have been left with no choice but to relocate their families into smaller accommodation. This means lots of people are now looking for ways in which they can create more space for their belongings. That is precisely the reason behind me writing this article today. The politicians in Westminster have failed to take into account the amount of people who need extra rooms for belongings or office space, and so it seems we’re left with no choice but to convert our lofts.

Now, ideally, you won’t want to have your office or storage space at the top of your home, so it’s much more sensible to allocate a bedroom for this and move a fraction of your living quarters upstairs. You might think that converting your loft in such a way would cost tens of thousands of pounds, but in truth, with the right advice, and armed with the best information, this goal can be realised for far less than this as you will soon see. So, spend the next couple of minutes reading through this “how to” guide and see if I can inspire you.

Getting Planning Permission

Whether or not you need to do this will depend on your current status and the location in which you live. So long as you own the property, you should encounter few problems when it comes to applying for permission to convert. In most cases, you only need to apply for planning permission if you’re looking to make some alterations to the outside of your home, like maybe adding a window in your roof, but so long as you refrain from officially registering the room as an extra bedroom, you should be okay.

Sourcing Materials

This is where the vast majority of people make their first mistake. Although you’ll probably need to deal with contractors when it comes to the actual conversion, you should never allow them to purchase the materials you need, because they’re unlikely to go for the cheapest option. Instead, why not get in touch with a reputable firm like Condell LTD and ask about their current offers. I’m confident you’ll save a lot of money if you decide this is the best route for you to take.

Finding Workers

Once you’ve purchased your plasterboards and insulation, it’s time to start work. Now, you could do this all yourself if you’ve got the inclination, but it’s probably better to look for some local builders with experience in this field. Luckily for you, the construction industry tends to suffer during the first few months of the year, and so there should be lots of different contractors out there without work. This means you’ll have some considerable leverage when it comes to negotiating a price.

So long as you’ve followed this guide to the letter, you should now have a usable room at the top of your home. All you really need to think about is how you’re going to fit the bed frame and any furniture through the loft hatch.

See, that wasn’t so difficult was it?

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