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How to Save Money on a Loft Conversion

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    Loft conversions can range from moderately expensive to a huge investment. Cutting corners is never an option because this is something you’ll want to use for years, if not decades to come. Knowing how to save money on a loft conversion without compromising anything important requires a lot of research, but it’s well worth the effort in the long run.

    1. Take advantage of the current layout

    loft foundation

    Your existing loft layout may not be ideal for a loft conversion, but it’s often possible to execute a project like that with relatively minor adjustments. Avoid moving walls at all, if possible – this will be one of your main money sinks otherwise. A loft staircase with an unusual location may seem like an obstacle, but it’s often possible to leverage it in interesting ways that add character to your final conversion.

    2. Understand your constraints from the start

    loft with floor to ceiling window

    Take some time to study your situation and figure out what constraints you’re dealing with. This will allow you to optimize your budget and target your shopping for supplies and labour in a way that provides you with the maximum value. You might want to talk to someone more experienced who can guide you through the limitations you currently have and explain how each of them is relevant to your specific situation.

    3. Try to come up with your own design

    artist sketch home

    If you’ve got a knack for creative work and some experience with architectural drawings and plans, you might also want to look into coming up with your own design for the project. This will not always be perfect, especially if you’re doing it without much prior experience. However, it can help open your eyes to some potential issues with the project and allow you to identify weak points that need to be addressed first.

    After that, you can still have your plans reviewed and verified by an experienced professional architect to ensure that you’re on the right track. Keep in mind that in some cases, you may have to throw all your current ideas out of the window after this revision.

    4. Only work with competent specialists

    home renovations

    Working with qualified, competent specialists for your loft conversion project is crucial if you want to get the best possible quality at an acceptable price that won’t break the bank. Take as much time as you need to scout out the market and identify the right experts who can help you with this.

    This can take a while if you’ve never done a similar project before, especially if you have more unique requirements. In the end, you will not regret going through the extra trouble though.