Are you thinking about expanding your living space but don’t want to move? Have you considered a loft conversion? Loft conversions are becoming increasingly popular for homeowners who want to maximise their existing space.
Why invest in a loft conversion?
A loft conversion is a huge investment into time and money, but they are a worthwhile venture. A loft conversion can add extra space to a growing family home, and also increase the value of your home.
Loft conversions are a great opportunity to make use of the “dead space” within a property, rather than eat into the outside of your home.
The benefits of a loft conversion
A loft conversion is not just beneficial to the space and value of your property, but it also has many practical benefits that can improve the organisation and logistics of your home.
Loft conversions are one of the most cost-effective ways to increase your living space and create additional bedrooms or living areas that can be used by all members of your household.
Whether you need an extra bedroom for guests or want to create a cosy family room, converting your loft offers plenty of options. It can give you an extra bedroom, office, or playroom, and it can also provide extra storage and a place for relaxing or entertaining.
Loft conversions do more than just create an extra room in your home. They can also help to improve its heat retention and keep energy costs down throughout the colder months.
Loft conversions, when completed with proper insulation, not only help to prevent warm air from escaping – they also reduce levels of cold air infiltration.
Simply by lining walls, floors and ceilings with insulation materials such as fibreglass and mineral (areas that are particularly vulnerable to heat loss) you can ensure that any trapped warmth is maintained. This will keep your heating bills low in the process.
Add value to your home
Loft conversions are an extremely popular way to add extra space and value to your home.
By transforming the unused upper level of the existing building into a bright and airy living space, you can benefit from improved family living while adding a surprisingly large amount of value to your property.
Not only will your home look better and be more spacious, but it has been estimated that completing a loft conversion could potentially increase its value by up to 25%. This can amass huge amounts in areas where the price of property is higher.
Cost effective solution
While other home improvements such as extensions require significant amounts of time and money, a loft conversion can often be completed relatively quickly and affordably.
Many homeowners report that they were able to complete their own conversions in less than 8 weeks for around £20,000 – £49,000. This makes it one of the most cost-effective solutions when it comes to adding extra space and value to your home.
Types of loft conversion
Rear Dormer Loft Conversion
A rear dormer loft conversion is one of the most popular types of loft conversions because it offers plenty of space for whatever purpose you have in mind. The rear dormer is built out from the back wall of the house and typically features a flat roof with a window at the front.
Hip-to-Gable Loft Conversion
This type of conversion is best suited for detached or semi-detached properties with a hipped roof.
The hip-to-gable conversion involves extending the side wall up to meet the sloping roof line at an angle, allowing for more headroom and increased floor area in your loft. It also allows for larger windows to be installed in order to bring in more natural light into your attic space.
Mansard Loft Conversion
The Mansard loft conversion is very similar to a hip-to-gable conversion as it also requires extensive structural work on the existing building but produces much greater results due to its increased headroom and floor area compared with other types of conversions.
This type of conversion involves extending all four walls up towards an inwardly sloped roofline — providing plenty of additional living space within your property without taking away any outdoor space.
What to consider before getting a loft conversion
Before embarking on a loft conversion, it’s important to take some key factors into account. If you are hoping to use the extra space as additional living quarters such as a bedroom, then ensure that your roof structure is strong enough to carry any additional weight and create a floor structure in accordance with the UK building regulations.
Furthermore, don’t forget the necessity of having reliable, quality insulation and be aware of any planning permissions before going ahead with the conversion. Being sure to research and consider all these points before starting your project will ensure that you are able to avoid any costly mistakes and complete your loft conversion safely and successfully.
Loft conversions with B&G Lofts
We offer complimentary consultations, where we will initially discuss your potential project and give you a quote. Visit our contact us page to fill out our form, and we can help you get started.