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We live in a 2-bed terraced house and have two kids, a boy of 6 and a girl of 3, who are currently sharing a bedroom.
We have been agonising over what to do as obviously they can't share for much longer. We can't afford a 3-bed house in the area where we currently live and don't really want to move to a cheaper area as our local schools are very good and it's a nice place to live (which is why we moved there).
The best option seems to be a loft conversion, which will apparantly cost £20-25k. This seemed expensive but is probably cheaper that moving.
My main problem is that we will probably have to sell the van to fund it :eek:, something i never expected to have to do when i bought it and had it converted. I expected to be keeping it for a long time yet. It all depends if we can borrow more when we re-mortgage in May.

Any opinions/advice would be much appreciated as i really don't know what to do for the best. :confused:

Thanks, Mark.
 

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How good at D.I.Y. are you? Some of the abysmal efforts I've seen on the box makes me think anyone with the brains to drive a VW T4/5 can do a loft conversion.

With help from the mighty Google, why not look into that option. T: Cheers, Tony.
 

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We had a loft conversions done in 2004 which cost us 17K we did have a bit of a deal as he was a friend of the family, my mother also has had hers done but it was nearer 40K but is an onsuite aswell. So just putting a price isn't really a good indicator of the value of the job. It all depends on how easy the conversion is to do.

IMO if you have a possible nice view to look at do it as it will only add money onto the cost of your home if done correctly.
 

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Depends a lot on where you are, the longevity of you present home, schools, neighbours, friends, work. The cost of moving can be quite high add to this the increase in your mortgages. This sometimes outstrips the cost of the loft extension.

If you’re planning to move as the children grow or you add to your family then it may be better to do it now. Loft living extensions are not the cheapest extensions to do, and new health and safety laws are adding to this yearly.

Whoever does go on to does the extension make sure you/them do a professional/approved job. You don’t want to end up with a big outlay only to find it’s unsellable after
 

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I converted my loft last year myself and it cost me around 4k. i was getting quoted between 10-15k from "specialists".
go on your local council website and look for the loft conversion stipulations/regulations.
you'll need to apply for building regs for a start before any work commences. the building regs assesor will come out and guide you in the right direction and tell you exactly what you need to do to meet building regs and fire regs. they are there to help you and guide you in the right direction.
if your handy with the tools you'll be able to do it easily enough and i'll say this, don't be put off because its easier than you think.
good luck
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I would get some quotes first;-

1. To see if it can be done as regards to planning/roof suitability etc
2. To see if its cost efficient.

I had mine done and it has added very little value to the house !!

Are there others on the street that have been done?
 

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if you and the family are happy in your home and you can have a loft installation

then stay, you know the house, your neighbours, schools etc, its always unsettling to move.

even if you dont really add value to your home now, it may do in the future, in fact you cant fail to

really, you're adding a third bedroom!

knowing southsea, if you have a good view or anywhere near the sea, i wouldnt move :)

all the best

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Myself and my brother converted his loft about 10 years ago. We had nothing but DIY skills. Got someone to install the velux windows and do the electrics but we done the rest. Wasn't perfect but it still looks good. Gave me the bug to do more and now i fit lots of bathrooms and kitchens as a side line.

have a go your self :)

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If it were me I'm afraid the van would have to go to fund the loft conversion, as location is the most important thing and loft conversions add value, it's a no brain-er IMO :)
 

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What sort of roof have you got Mark, is it a truss roof or a cut roof??
 

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What sort of roof have you got Mark, is it a truss roof or a cut roof??
I've no idea what either of those terms mean :*.

It's a mid-terraced house with a an even pitch front and back rising up to a ridge, if that makes sense. Just a normal roof.
 

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if you and the family are happy in your home and you can have a loft installation

then stay, you know the house, your neighbours, schools etc, its always unsettling to move.

even if you dont really add value to your home now, it may do in the future, in fact you cant fail to

really, you're adding a third bedroom!

knowing southsea, if you have a good view or anywhere near the sea, i wouldnt move :)

all the best

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That is precisely my thoughts. If we do have it done then we will be staying there for years to come so adding value is not our first priority, having a third bedroom is.
Also, we have really good neighbours, which is easy to take for granted, and good schools and shops are all within walking distance, as are two parks. Oh, and not forgetting the seafront is a 15min walk/5min cycle ride away.

We even toyed with the idea of moving up to Doncaster where i come from (and where my family still are) as property is so much cheaper up there in comparison.

I've got DIY skills and am happy to have a go at most things, but to be honest i have'nt got the time or the inclination to do something this big. God knows how long it would take me. I'm of the opinion that i'd rather bang the overtime in at work doing something i'm good at and pay professionals to do he things at home i'm not good at, if that makes sense.
 

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What sort of roof have you got Mark, is it a truss roof or a cut roof??
Good question...this will be an important determining factor in what it will cost and how straightforward it will be...trussed roofs will involve loads more work...older properties tend to have a cut roof and newer properties will often have trusses (but not always). Try google to find out the difference between the two and you will get a feel for what T4 chippy means:ILU:
 

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I'm of the opinion that i'd rather bang the overtime in at work doing something i'm good at and pay professionals to do he things at home i'm not good at, if that makes sense.
Mate, that's exactly my thinking. Why spend 18hours of your own time doing something a skilled guy can complete in 4. No brainer. Some peeps will try to save money when the most important thing is to save time and do things you enjoy doing...!!!
 

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How old is the propery, is it Victorian or a newer house ???
It's Victorian.

I had a couple of guys from a local company round to have a look and give me a rough price. They reckon it's one of the easier conversions to do and would cost around £26k. I thought that was steep. They said they would not be the cheapest but would guarantee a quality job. One of my customers recommended them to me after they did her loft, which they made a good job of (i had a good look around it)
Having said that, my mate is about to have his loft converted, which is currently a 4-bed new build (about 20yrs old). He's having an en-suite too (although he is fittng the actual bathroom suite himself) and he's only paying £28k, his house is probably twice the size of mine. :*
 

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Without stealing T4Chippy's point, you say you live in a terrace - so anyone else on your block got velux or dormers in that you can see? Go chat them up for a look at the size of the space they've got for it and what work had to be done, if no one has expanded already up and down a whole terrace street it's a fair call that it's not cost effective....
 

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Mate, that's exactly my thinking. Why spend 18hours of your own time doing something a skilled guy can complete in 4. No brainer. Some peeps will try to save money when the most important thing is to save time and do things you enjoy doing...!!!
I appreciate the fact that if you don't have a go then you will never learn but i also think you have to pick your battles. If i have a go at something like this and it up then it's going to cost a lot more time aand money in the long run.
 

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More than likely a cut roof then fella T:

As suggested above worth having a look round the local area and get chatting.

A word of advice, get at least 3 quotes minimum from reputable people.

Does sound a lot of dosh though I: I'll say no more :D
 

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Done mine myself 5 years ago for about 6k, I'm a brickie by trade so could do alot of the work myself but got in a pro for things like stairs, electrics, plumbing. Also have a chat with you local council building control officer who will tell you who is good at loft conversions. P.S how do you use the smilies, cant seem to do it. T:
 
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