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New Build Loft Conversion: Important Considerations

If you live within a new build home, you may be wondering if it’s possible to convert your loft. Many people buy new build homes because they’re in a convenient location, they have most of the decorating work already done for them or for the construction warranty, but that’s not to say that things won’t change over time and you won’t be looking for more space in the future. 


A new build loft conversion is a great way to gain extra space within your home, but there are certain considerations you will need to take into account before work begins. 


Restrictive covenants 


One of the biggest considerations when thinking about converting the loft of your new build home is to check whether there are any restrictive covenants on your property. New build properties sometimes have restrictions placed on them. These are often in place for a number of years after completion and have the goal of retaining the consistent look of the exterior development as a whole. If you have a restrictive covenant on your property, you may need to obtain the permission of the property developer or seek legal advice to try to have it removed before any work can begin. Any restrictive covenant should have been made clear by your conveyancer during the purchase of the property, but if you’re not sure, check all your paperwork thoroughly. 


Leasehold new builds 


If you live in a leasehold new build, you will need to seek the permission of the freeholder before work begins. They may have their own restrictions on what work can take place which you will have to adhere to. A good loft conversion specialist will be able to work within these restrictions and create a new room which will please both you as the homeowner and the freeholder of the property. 


Truss loft conversions 


Truss lofts are an important consideration in loft conversions. Many properties built after the 1960s will often have been constructed with truss rafters, which can be more difficult to convert. However, difficult does not mean impossible, and a specialist company will still be able to easily convert a truss loft. In terms of things to consider, you’ll need to remember that truss attic conversions sometimes require planning permission – if the roof height needs to be raised, for example – and they can be slightly more expensive as they’re a little more complex to convert. 


Create extra space with a new build loft conversion 


The biggest consideration with a new build loft conversion is the fact that you’ll gain extra space. As beautiful as new build properties undoubtably are, they are often thought of as having small room proportions. However, by adding a loft conversion, just consider the amount of extra space you’ll get. In particular, if you have a truss loft conversion, you’ll often end up with a really well-proportioned room in the loft, which can create a master suite, for example, or extra children’s bedrooms. 


Whatever you’re considering with regards to your new build loft conversion, get in touch with Bespoke Lofts. We can help you to consider all of the requirements of a new build loft conversion to give you a beautiful new room within your beautiful new build home. 

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