Is it possible to do your own loft conversion?

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.

Four improvements almost every property can benefit from

Assuming you’re not living in a new build home, then the chances are your home could do with some improvements here or there.

If you’ve recently purchased a new house, then the chances are you got an EPC as part of the process. That’s an excellent place to start looking for potential improvements you could make, but it doesn’t hold all the information you need.

In this guide, we’ll look at how you can make some real improvements to your home, no matter how long you’ve lived in it.

1 New windows

When were the windows of your home last replaced? If you don’t know, then the chances are you can improve the energy efficiency of your home by fitting the latest in double glazing technology.

Obviously, if you’re going from none double glazed windows to double glazed, then you’re going to see the biggest benefit.

However, even if you currently have double glazed windows, then there’s a chance that replacing them will be worthwhile. Look for the tell-tale signs of condensation between the panes.

Just one word of advice though – make sure you don’t live in a listed building, or a conservation area. If you do, you may not be allowed to replace your windows.

2 Insulate everything

Is your home fully insulated? The chances are, it’s not. Most people could benefit from extra insulation, and it’s always worth investigating to see if there’s anything extra you can do.

If you know what you’re doing, you can always purchase the insulation material and carry out the work yourself, but only for simple projects such as lagging pipes and insulating your loft.

More complex projects, such as cavity wall insulation, will always require an expert.

Often though, you’ll find the money you save on energy bill going forward will make it worthwhile.

3 A loft conversion

This is a great way to add extra space to your home, and it has the extra bonus of adding value to your property too. The cost of an attic conversion may seem prohibitive, but it will probably pay for itself (eventually).

It’s a great option for people who need to add a little bit of extra room to their house, but don’t want to go through the hassle of moving and all that entails.

Just make sure you use a reliable and trustworthy firm to carry out the work for you, so you don’t face any nasty surprises.

4 A new central heating system

When was the last time your boiler was replaced? And what about those radiators? Are they belching out heat into empty rooms?

An old, inefficient boiler can add hundreds of pounds a year to your heating bill. And if your radiators don’t have individual thermostats, then you’re wasting money heating empty rooms.

A new central heating system may be expensive, but then so is wasting money on an inefficient heating system.

A specialist engineer should be able to give you a good idea of just how much you can save.