So you want a loft conversion, but all of the quotes you have had are too expensive? You are not the only one. It is true that a well-constructed and kitted out loft conversion will set you back a pretty penny, but there are ways you can save on this cost. You can still get the extra space you desperately need, improve the value of your home and save money while you are doing it. You just need to follow our top tips for saving money on your loft conversion.
- DIY – While you may not be capable of constructing stairs, adding dormers or installing beams – you may be able to lay flooring, fit a bathroom, plaster walls or even just do the painting. Some loft construction companies are happy to do the main bulk of the work at a reduced price – allowing you to complete the cosmetic work at a later date as you can afford it. Doing as much of the work yourselves will always save you money – although you should be very clear with your builder where their responsibility stops and yours starts.
- Bathrooms are costly – While it would be great to create a master bedroom with an en-suite, the cost of doing so could be huge. The additional plumbing requirements can add to your overall bill – especially if the plumbing is tricky. This is without the additional cost of the bathroom fittings, the tiling, the flooring and the air extraction. If all you need is extra space, you may be wise putting off the extra bathroom for now.
- Insulation – Making sure you have the best possible insulation on your loft conversion will save you money in the long run. The last thing you will want to do is pull down the ceiling to add more insulation at a later date. You may be able to access cheap insulation via local schemes in your area and this could bring down some of the cost.
- Planning permission – Keeping your loft conversion within planning rules will mean that you will not need to apply for planning permission (in most cases). The addition of dormer windows or any alteration to the roof line will lead to architects drawings and planning applications – lengthy and expensive.
- Stairs – There are many different design of stairs which are suitable for a loft conversion. These can include very expensive and beautiful bespoke options which are very costly. Choosing an off the shelf version which is simple, but structurally sound, is a great way to save money. Carefully choosing where the stairs will go to minimise disruption to downstairs rooms is also a good idea.
- The right builder – Getting plenty of quotes and choosing a builder who you trust and who will provide you with a set cost is a good way to save money. Sometimes choosing the cheapest builder is not wise – you may be asked to pay extra as the project carries on or there could be problems at the end which you will need to rectify. Go with a builder who is recommended, and who you trust. Then start negotiating on price.