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Are You Able To Convert A Loft In A Terraced House?

Loft conversions can be a huge blessing to any home. Not only do they allow you to create more space when needed, but they also help you add value to your current property and actually become a fantastic investment for homeowners.

Loft conversions can be carried out on almost any single dwelling however it’s worth considering the design restraints when carrying out a loft conversion on a terraced house.

outside view of loft extension and home extension brick and white

While a loft conversion on a terraced house is still very much possible, there are a number of common mistakes that people make. Thankfully, today we’re listing the 4 top mistakes associated with loft conversions on terraced houses along with the best way to avoid those mistakes. Let’s break it down…

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Putting Quantity Over Quality

All too often, people prioritise quantity over quality and when it comes to a loft construction in a terraced house, or any home for that matter, you need a good balance between the two. The vast majority of people who consider loft conversions will also consider resale value and while this is important, you must also consider comfort and liveability.

Your home needs to be designed to suit your needs as well as any aspirations you may have. Cramming in an extra bedroom for the sake of being able to say it’s a five-bedroom as opposed to a four will only lead to discomfort for you and your family and potential loss of interest in terms of resale when they see two cramped bedrooms instead of a large double room with an ensuite for instance.

white and yellow bedroom built into a loft conversion

Not Checking Loft Suitability Straight Away

Not all terraced houses have a large, expansive roof. In fact, there are two types of roofs that terraced houses usually have. These are cut timber roofs and trussed roofs.

Cut timber roofs are usually much easier to convert whereas trussed roofs can make things a little harder with limited headroom. With this in mind, it’s not uncommon to need an entirely new roof and thus cost the homeowner a lot more money in the process.

Not Considering Impact On Rest Of House

It’s something that often gets forgotten about for the simple fact that loft conversions concern the roof but it’s worth looking at the impact said loft conversion will have on the rest of the house.

One of the biggest mistakes people make usually surrounds the stair access into the loft conversion. Stairs can actually take up a big part of the loft space and if you don’t get it right, it can ruin the room entirely. Look at everything before committing.

Not Utilising Rear Dormers

Rear dormer loft conversions are amazing in that they can turn a somewhat pokey room into a relatively spacious room. It can also help to improve natural light too. You may require planning permission however it can sometimes come under permitted development so it’s worth looking into further.

Contact Clapham Construction Today

Here at Clapham Construction Service, we specialise in loft conversions in London and have become one of the UK’s leading construction companies. If you’d like any further help and guidance on loft conversions in terraced houses, or would like to book your free, no-obligation consultation with our team, please don’t hesitate to contact us today on 0203 950 7957. Our team is always on hand to answer any questions and give you the information you need to make the most informed decisions possible.