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5 things to know about loft conversions

Loft conversions are enduringly popular, with more being completed each year. As families grow, it is very common to need more space, but moving to a larger property is costly, stressful and time-consuming. Increasing the size of an existing property and adding an extra bedroom by extending upwards into the loft space is a welcome, practical and cost-effective solution to the problem. A loft conversion can also add extra space for hobbies, a large home office or a spare room to accommodate guests.

If you have been considering a loft conversion, here are five things to know before you start:

1. Will I need planning permission for a loft conversion?
Whether you need planning permission for the conversion will depend on your particular property and the rules relating to your area. However, in many cases, a loft conversion will fall within the permitted development rules. These rules allow homeowners to add extensions of up to two storeys without planning permission, subject to certain conditions. If your house is a listed building then it will be subject to greater regulation. You will always need to ensure that your loft conversion complies with building regulations.

2. Can I put a bathroom in my loft conversion?
Yes, it is possible to include a bathroom in almost all loft conversions. Using a loft conversion to add a luxurious and spacious master bedroom suite with its own bathroom away from the hubbub of family life is a very popular choice for many homeowners. It can sometimes be necessary to move water tanks or alter existing plumbing to include a bathroom but it is usually possible. We will be able to advise you on the design of your conversion.

3. Will it take a long time for the loft conversion work to be carried out?
Extending upwards into your loft space will take less time than adding the same space to your home with a traditional extension. Not only will a loft conversion be completed more quickly, but it will also be more affordable.

4. Is a loft conversion suitable for my home?
It is possible to add a loft conversion to almost all types of home. We can provide loft conversions for properties from modern bungalows through to traditional terraced houses and everything in between, designed to fit your particular needs.

5. What about resale values?
In general, a home with extra space will always be more attractive to buyers. A well-designed loft conversion using up to date energy-efficient materials will make your home more attractive and saleable if you do decide to sell in the future.

If you are considering a loft conversion to add extra space to your home, we take the stress out of the process. We will take you from start to finish with our full design and build service, ensuring that you have a loft conversion designed to suit you and your needs perfectly. Every Your Choice loft conversion is completed to the highest quality.

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