It’s no surprise that so many people choose to convert their loft space – it provides homeowners with a practical solution to the need for more space without needing to sell their home. But it is a big decision – here are six reasons why you should convert your loft space, to help you decide if a conversion is right for you and your property.
Maximise your living space
Whatever your goals are for your loft space, there’s no denying that it provides you with plenty of extra living space to use in any way you see fit. A loft conversion can be transformed into an extra bedroom, an office or study, or a hobby room, to name just a few of the ways you could make use of this underutilised space. For so many homes, the loft is just used as a storage space. But a conversion will ensure you put this valuable area to better use – even a basic loft extension can make your home feel considerably larger and more spacious.
Added value to your property
A loft extension is a worthwhile expense, but it’s an investment that leaves many wondering if they’ll see a return if they choose to move on in the future. The good news is that a loft extension can increase the value of your home, in some cases by as much as 25%. Since a loft conversion is often cheaper than other types of home renovation, chances are the increase in value will outweigh the initial cost of the project for a positive return on investment.
An energy-efficient solution
Heat rises, so if your loft is poorly insulated, you could be wasting money on your utility bills each month and not feeling the benefit. Loft conversions are actually a great solution to this problem, as your loft will be properly insulated which keeps it warm in the winter and cool in the summer for a more comfortable property. This will also help you to save money on your heating bills in the long term.
No need for planning permission
Planning permission is rarely needed for a loft conversion, unless you’re planning on altering the exterior of the building, so it’s a quick alternative to other types of property extension. In some cases, a conversion can take as little as 4-5 weeks to complete, so you’ll be able to enjoy your extra space in next to no time.
Create a room with a view
In addition to the space you’ll gain from converting your loft, you’ll also gain nice views from your property too. Loft conversions often use large windows and skylights which allow plenty of natural light into the room and are perfect for looking out onto your garden or the surrounding views, as well as for enjoying the night sky.
A cheaper alternative to moving
Moving home is expensive and stressful, but if you’ve outgrown your property, you may feel like it’s the only option left. With deposit costs, stamp duty and your solicitor and estate agent fees to think about, not to mention the hassle of packing up your belongings, moving is a stress that you can avoid through opting for a loft conversion instead. It will provide you with plenty of extra space without the need to move properties.
A loft extension is the ideal opportunity to improve the look of your home and the practicalities of living in your property, as well as increasing its value if you choose to sell later on. Lofts are often dead space that could be put to better use and a conversion is a great solution that utilises the valuable space you have available.
If you’d like to discuss your loft conversion project or you have further questions, get in touch with us today and we’ll be happy to help.