General,  Home interiors and gardening

5 Reasons to get a loft extention

I have always fancied doing a loft extension. It’s the sloping walls and the idea of a sanctuary to relax in that really appeal to me. I have seen some where you have space for your boudoir, your office and your sitting room too. How wonderful! I have also had the occasional luxury hotel stay where I have indulged in a room up in the loft with stunning views. However, loft conversions cost time and money so you need to be absolutely sure it is worth the investment. Here are 5 reasons to get a loft extension.

Avoiding planning permission

Unlike when you build out from your property to create  mores space, loft extensions do not usually require planning permission. This means less hassle and that you might be able to build one in as little as 4 weeks.

Please be very aware of relevant building regulations when embarking on a loft conversion. Check out how a loft ladder will fit with your stair wall as this can be really tricky.  Poorly-designed loft conversion stairs may well fall foul of these important rules If such problems aren’t spotted until late in the day. That might mean you are in a crisis situation with major structural alterations needed. These sort of mistakes can lead to financial disaster.

Adding value to your home

Many people move from property to property hoping to make a profit each time. Loft conversions can add anywhere between 10% and 25% to the value of your home. Even if you don’t plan to sell anytime soon, property values also affect how you are seen by people who lend money. Make sure you look into all the costs before starting work including checking out loft ladders from companies like  Fontanot stairs designers.

Increasing your storage space

I have accumulated a lot of stuff over the years so my home can become cluttered. A loft extension can provide a valuable place to store things you only use from time to time. It’s also a great area to store all those family heirlooms. Just try and remember what you have stored and where.

Providing an area for me time

Busy parents crave alone time sometimes either as a couple or to pursue their own pastimes. How wonderful to escape up into the loft as your own little sanctuary. Having said that, teenage children also like their privacy so you could create a den for them out of your loft conversion. With a bit of look, your loft extension will also provide you with a great view of nature or rooftops.

Improving insulation

You might just want to use your loft to decrease your heating bills. You can fill it with insulation material so that your home isn’t suffering from rapid heat loss in the colder months. In the warmer months, your air conditioning costs are reduced too.

Other potential advantages of using that loft space is allowing natural light into a dark space, the potential to rent it out to a lodger or to use it for an additional bathroom.

Have you carried out a loft conversion to your home? What tips do you have for my readers?

 

 

 

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One Comment

  • Kim Carberry

    We have been thinking about a loft extension, next doors is getting theirs done at the moment and it makes sense. I would love to add space in the loft and have a bathroom upstairs. I always thought you needed planning permission for a loft extension. You learn something new everyday. x

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