If you are looking for ways of creating more space in your home, a loft conversion is often the first thing that comes to mind. It has the benefit of usually being very easy to organise in terms of regulations, require no planning permission and dependent on the size of your home you may be able to get one or even two rooms out of the space available.
If you need to make more room on your home and haven’t decided if a loft conversion is for you, take a look at our pros and cons before making your final decision.
This may sound quite obvious but if you have a relatively small home then a loft conversion could really open it up and provide you with that additional bedroom or office that you need. There is no need for a traditional home extension and simply adding space upstairs means you can skip the need to gain planning permission or agonise over whether you want to sacrifice garden or yard space for more rooms.
Loft conversions are almost always cheaper per square metre than a traditional home extension as though there is building work, there is no need for major structural changes. Adding a loft conversion to your home can also increase its value, by as much as 20% according to some property experts and this means it is a great investment for the future, should you plan to leave your home in years to come.
No Effect on the Neighbours
An extension, especially a double storey one, can affect the views and experiences of your neighbours, you could also find that your new space is overlooked and therefore it feels awkward and less private than you would like. With this in mind a traditional extension is quite strictly limited with where windows can go and how they have to be laid out whilst with a loft conversion you can choose the style of window you like and enjoy your space in privacy.
Losing Storage Space
If your loft is currently your main storage area, where will all the things go? It can be difficult to find new homes for everything you store in the loft when it is turned into a functioning room but you could choose to use the lowest points of the room to build in cupboards and utilise this for storage.
Tight and Narrow
You may find that your loft conversion is not suitable as a room for sleeping in, simply because of the sloped ceiling that many conversions will have and ceilings less than 2 metres could be problematic when it comes to fitting in furniture let alone standing up with ease.
Not Always Possible
Getting your heart set on a loft conversion is not a good idea until you have had an expert’s opinion. Houses with low pitched rooves are not always suitable to be converted and therefore you could find yourself disappointed. Others can be converted but they require roof remodelling and it can get costly. There are also strict regulations surrounding roof remodelling for the purpose of loft conversion so it is worth talking to an expert before you make your decision.
At Wisecraft we have worked on many loft conversions and can provide impartial advice and suggestions, helping you to decide if it is the right choice for your home.