Macclesfield Express - - SPORT -

IT IS un­wise to take on a project un­less you can re­ally af­ford to do it prop­erly and to the best of your abil­ity.

If you’re go­ing to spend money on build­ing work, en­sure you get the max­i­mum ben­e­fit from it, both in terms of im­prov­ing your home and adding value.

With loft con­ver­sions, for ex­am­ple, a large dormer win­dow will give you the most head height and use­able space.

As long as plan­ning laws al­low, chang­ing the line of the roof from slop­ing to ‘straight’ (look­ing from the front or back), with a dormer span­ning the width of the house, gives you the best pos­si­ble con­ver­sion, al­though it won’t be cheap.

Some homes have a con­verted loft that can’t of­fi­cially be called a bed­room be­cause it doesn’t com­ply with build­ings reg­u­la­tions.

If you can make your con­ver­sion com­ply, and get a build­ing reg­is­tra­tion cer­tifi­cate to prove it, it will be worth a lot more.

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