Loft conversion are great. But they’re also expensive. As such, it can be tempting to cut corners to try and get a loft conversion on the cheap.
Now, most people reading this are going to be sensible enough to know that it’s never a good idea to opt for a building quote that seems to be too good to be true.
After all, you don’t want a bunch of cowboys messing up your home, and leaving you with a huge cleanup bill, and the prospect of having to pay someone to fix the building work they did.
But what if you want to make your own London Loft Conversion? Is it possible? And is it a good idea.
Let’s consider some of the pros and cons of doing things yourself.
Converting your own loft
The first thing to say is, that if you’re planning on boarding your own loft, rather than going for a full conversion, then that’s a much more achievable DIY project.
Of course, a boarded loft can’t be used as living space, and there are weight limits on storage. So a boarded loft isn’t an option if you want an extra bedroom, or want to keep heavy items up there.
However, if you’re just looking for a way to cut down on clutter, then a boarded loft is a great option.
But if you do want to go the whole hog and do a full loft conversion yourself, then you better be prepared.
The first thing you’ll need to do is plan your loft conversion.
Now, if you think you’ve worked on large DIY projects in the past, this is the point where you’ll probably realise that they were nowhere near as large as this.
So if you feel overwhelmed by planning, then now’s a good time to stop and let the experts deal with it.
But assuming you know how to correctly draw up blueprints (now is not the time to learn), then it’s on to the next stage, which is making sure you have all the permission you need.
Remember, you’re solely responsible for ensuring that your loft conversion meets all the requirements. And if it doesn’t, you could be in trouble.
Then it’s time to purchase materials and the tools needed. At this point, you’ll probably notice costs start to increase quickly. After all, you probably won’t have access to the trade discounts available to professional builders.
Now it’s time to start work. Of course, there’s no way you can do a loft conversion all on your own. So you’ll need at least a friend or two to help out. For a period of four weeks.
Finally, unless you’re a qualified plumber and electrician, you’ll need to hire people who are to put the finishing touches to your loft conversion.
That’s assuming you get that far.
So the short answer is – yes, it is possible to construct your own loft conversion. But the chances are, if you don’t already know how, then this is a project you’ll fail at.
Leave it to the pros.