When it comes to home improvement there are two main ways to increase the size of your home. One is through adding a conservatory, patio or ground floor extension, the other is to utilise all that attic space you have in which you’ve stored boxes you don’t even look at from year to year.
In terms of money, you’re going to have to fork out far fewer euros for the latter and it could prove more flexible too. For instance you could use it as an extra bedroom, a games room you can use to keep the teenagers out of harm’s way, or as a sanctuary where a member of the family can read and chill-out uninterrupted.
But before you get all excited, it’s good to know the costs beforehand. These obviously centre on what type of attic extension you end up getting.
Types Of Attic Extensions
There are four basic forms of attic extension most people opt for. These are:
• Dormer. The Dormer tends to be the attic conversion of choice these days. It’s the one with the flat roof and is really an add-on to the existing attic.
• Hip to Gable. If your home has a slanted roof (and many in Ireland do), then this is one of the best conversion types.
• Mansard. This is a big extension, will cost lots and usually end up towards the rear of the property (so as not to fall foul of planning regulations).
• Velux. This is the least expensive form of attic conversion since it involves retaining the original roof structure but adding windows to bring in more light. Here at Heiton Buckley we specialise in a range of Velux windows – from large Velux roof windows to provide a bright ‘studio feel’ to smaller versions for a cosier feel.
The cost of the extension is also a big factor of course. The average loft extension is said to come in at around Euro 37,000. Then there are all those extra costs such as Euro 1200 for a fixed staircase and, if your extension is a Mansard and requires planning permission, then that will set you back a further Euro 1200. Drawings by an architect will come in at around Euro 1500 on average.
And, if you want to go all out and have an en-suite in there then expect to pay around Euro 6000 for plumbing and furniture. Then, of course, there is the refurbishment costs (which all depends on how expensive your interior design tastes are).
Grants Available For Attic Extensions
If you are considering an attic conversion – or any kind of home improvement scheme, check to see if you qualify for a government grant under the Home Owners Renovation Scheme. This involves a tax credit at 13.5 per cent for repair, renovation or improvement work – provided you own the property involved.
Other stipulations are that the work must cost at least Euro 5,000 (less VAT). The maximum cost of work which qualifies for a tax credit is which would attract a credit is Euro 30,000 (and for which you’d receive Euro 4,050 in instalments).
All work must take place prior to December 2015.
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