Hidden Costs/Building regulations for Loft Conversions
Converting a loft is bringing a better value of the property increasing the cost at about 3 time more than the cost to build it.
If you decide to build your Loft than probably you will look for few quotes that will help to budget and decide on the building company to Build your Loft.
Being a very competitive market Building Companies/Builders are trying different options in order to win projects. A common way is to include less services in the project and offer a cost that comparing to a comprehensive quote that includes a turn key project, is less and seams to be more attractive.
In such cases try to compare and check if the quote is a shell built loft or is a turn key that will include all services.
Our company is often facing this issues when home owners deciding on the cheaper quotes not realising the hidden cost that they will have to pay at a later stage. However this become frustrating for the customer, therefore we tend to offer a comprehensive quote that will cover all aspects of the Loft Building.
Things to consider when building a loft to avoid hidden costs.
Fire regulation- is a side that you should discuss with your builder and have a plan and budget to meet these requirements.
For most lofts, you will need to provide a protected route from your loft rooms to an outside door. The staircase itself may need plasterboarding and plastering below to provide 30 minutes protection. All loft conversions require windows through which a person could escape if the stairway does not provide a safe escape route. Building regulations state that window openings must be 450mm or wider to comply with this. These windows should have non-locking fasteners. Escape windows in the loft should be easy to access and close to eaves level, which is vital in case of a rescue from the outside.