There are many misconceptions around extensions and loft conversions. People grasp the wrong end of the stick quite often when it comes to rules and regulations and information imparted kindly by those who have already had their loft converted can often be inaccurate.
With the housing market at an all-time high, more people than ever are choosing to extend upwards rather than sell up and buy larger properties as their families grow.
It can be overwhelming to try to consider all of the factors involved in a new loft conversion so it’s good to start considering some of the possible questions which you should be asking well before your loft conversion is built.
Some of the most common worries people find themselves losing sleep over include concerns around planning permission, concerns about plumbing and of course about cost! Get your facts before making that initial call and you can then begin your journey towards a larger home.
1: Much is dependent on the area in which you live but people like homes with loft conversions and those which are well executed using ecologically friendly materials all add even more brownie points.
2: Adding a bathroom to your loft conversion is surprisingly affordable and it’s possible in nearly all cases. Sometimes a re-jig of plumbing or water tanks is necessary but there’s usually no need to go bathroom-less!
3: Planning permission is not always needed. As of 2008 extensions of up to 2 storeys may be added onto homes as long as they fall within the limitations set by the legislation on permitted developments. Much will depend on the area in which you live as well as on your property. Listed buildings are of course subject to far more regulations.
4: Loft conversions take less time to complete than extensions and are more affordable.
Loft conversions are suitable for most types of home. It doesn’t matter if you live in a Victorian terrace or a bungalow there will be a style of loft conversion made exactly to fit in with your needs.
Loft conversions are growing steadily with many being completed every year to suit the changing needs of families. Whether it’s for housing a larger family unit or for providing an extra room for hobbies and entertaining, loft conversions continue to make sense both economically and practically.