A loft conversion can be a considerable investment and can require a notable change to the architectural design of your property. This means that you should make sure you have as much information as possible before you continue with a project. Here are five key questions to ask your architect to help you make the right choices.
Before you even begin, you want to know you're dealing with a professional. The quality of the information your architect gives you will hinge on their training and experience. So, don't be afraid to ask either for examples of previous work, or the contact details of some previous customers. This will give you a better understanding of their level of experience and the quality of their work.
Can My Loft Be Converted?
It sounds a simple question, but some lofts are more suitable for conversions than others. Depending on the architectural design of your home, you may find your options narrowed. Before worrying about materials, design and cost, it's essential to know your loft is suitable for conversion.
Will I Need Planning Permission?
You likely won't need planning permission, unless your loft conversion is going to extend your roof-line. There will be building regulations and fire safety codes which will need to be observed, however. Ask what they are early on so the rest of the design can be formed around them. This saves you falling in love with a design only to realise later that it's not up to code.
How Much Is It Going To Cost?
Pricing a loft conversion can be difficult because there are so many variables. Your type of property, the number of workers required, the materials used - all of these and more will impact the cost. Even so, your architect should be able to give you a ballpark figure. If you have a budget in mind, make sure that you tell your architect as early as possible, so they can take it into account along with any suggestions or alterations they make.
How Long Will It Take?
Depending on permissions required, material availability, the timescale of plans being drawn up, and actual construction/final fit and finish, the lead time on the project can vary. You should be able to get a general idea from your architect, though be aware that all projects have the potential to encounter delays. So, try to be as flexible as possible. If you’re thinking about converting your loft, BDS can help. Get in touch today to find out more.