Loft conversions offer a low priced way of extending your living accommodation. They cost a lot less than a conventional extension with concrete footings and all the essential groundwork that goes with it.
Not all houses have a roof space that is room height, but if you do then you should get a builder to give you an estimate to convert this wasted attic space into a suite of rooms. If it can be done it could save you all the expense and stress of moving house.
Every family’s needs change over time as children get older and there are more children. In good economic times families often move to a larger house, but if you cannot find a mortgage or you have no job this will not be a viable option.
Attic roof conversions do have some disadvantages. It means an extra set of stairs must need to be installed, which will take space from the current bedroom floor. The inconvenience of living over three floors instead of two is significant, too. It all depends on your priorities.
If you have a baby on the way and need extra bedroom space quickly a loft conversion is the only way to go.
One of the main decisions you need to think about with your attic roof extension is the type of windows. UPVC double glazing prices have fallen, so that is a given, but whether to install dormer windows, flush windows or conventional windows in an end wall is the most important design element of your conversion plan.
There are advantages to each type and a builder who specialises in loft conversions will offer advice. This is a job that needs a builder and is not one you can do yourself because it involves a lot more than screwing down floorboards.