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The Benefits of a Loft Conversion | Loft Conversion Benefits

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I’m sure you are already familiar with what a loft conversion is and no doubt you will have seen one, if not in person, then on the countless DIY and home improvement programs on television. But what are the benefits? Let’s take a look at the loft conversion benefits

Better than the alternatives

Extending the house is a great way of gaining much needed extra space and an ideal alternative to the stressful, time consuming and costly process of moving house. Some people opt to achieve this extra space by building a conservatory or extension on the ground floor of the home. The instant downside to this is the significant garden space that is eaten up. A loft conversion simply makes the most of the space that is already there, roof lights and dormers can also provide stunning views of the local area. Unlike a conservatory, a loft offers versatility in terms of the type of room it can become. Turning a conservatory into a bedroom or bathroom is not a viable option whereas a loft can be transformed into one, or both, of these.

Adding value to your home

While a converting a loft is never really done simply to add value to a home, the fact that your property valuation will increase as a result of a conversion is a definite plus. According to the latest Housing Market Research, a quality conversion can add up to 20% on the value of a property, in today’s market this can equate to around £15,000 – £35,000. Regardless of the type of conversion, simply turning your loft into useful space will increase the value of your home.

You may also decide to turn your loft into a room for guests and lodgers. Advertising a “room for rent” can provide you with a source of extra revenue.

The space

The biggest benefit of all is the added space that a loft conversion provides. The attic is a dark and empty space begging to be used and it can be put to good use in a number of ways. If you have a growing family, the loft can be converted into a much needed extra bedroom. Maybe you already have a large family and a second bathroom is needed – the loft is the ideal location. It could be the space to create the perfect home office for your business, or a playroom for the kids… the list is endless.

If you have ever thought about moving home for extra space, think about the loft first – it probably has all the space you need!

Convert Loft into a Bedroom

So you have decided to have a loft conversion? YES – Its a wise move to make use of that attic and you won’t regret it. Many people choose to convert loft into a bedroom.

In fact 70% of the lofts converted in the UK have been made into a bedroom.  This is unsurprising given a loft makes the ideal guest room.  Most families are outgrowing their home and it is therefore not surprising many lack that extra room when a friend or family member wishes to stay over. A loft conversion will ensure the well insulated roof will keep heat inside and the cold air outside – allowing that lucky person to have an incredible nights sleep.

A bedroom in the loft can be accompanied with a shower and toilet – this can be done with minimal extra cost. Loft slopes make the ideal space for storage and when converting your loft always make sure that your loft conversion specialist includes this into the final architectural design.

The type of loft conversion popular for bedrooms are  dormer loft conversions – this is because they allow the homeowner to maximise roof space and in many cases allow for both the bedroom and bathroom. A velux loft conversion would only allow an additional bedroom in 90% of the cases. This is because there is simply not enough height space and you do not want to get the feeling on living in a cage…. don’t cramp everything it and live with a regret. A loft conversion should be a dream airy room – not a cupboard.

With a focus on London, many homeowners are choosing to convert their loft to bring in additional income. A room in London with its own bathroom would bring a minimum of £500/month – that’s a minimum of £6000/year. With a typical bedroom conversion costing £30,000 – that’s an immediate ROI of 20% (not bad!)

Did you know – An additional bedroom will also add a minimum of 10% to the value of your property.

Loft Conversions: Making the Most of your Home

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For many people, the loft is simply that empty space at the top of the house used to store old boxes or hide away old school books, CDs, childhood toy and of course Christmas decorations for another year. However, with living space increasingly at a premium, the loft could prove to be much more than a dumping ground.

Loft conversions can transform what was once a dark and empty void into a luxury living space. Regardless of the size of your attic, a loft conversion can have it looking spacious. For tight lofts, a dormer extension can add the necessary space, while larger areas can benefit from a roof light conversion. When you consider the options that a converted loft can give – especially to a family – you realise just how wasted the space is in its current un-converted state.

Think about living as a family of four in a small three bedroom property. What happens when you are expecting baby number three? Sure, when the kids are young sharing a bedroom will not be a problem; the newest addition to the family can take bedroom number three. But as any parent with older children will know – kids sharing a room is a disaster! As kids grow up they begin to value privacy and have a need for their own space. A loft conversion can give this much needed extra bedroom. And it doesn’t have to be for the kids; include an ensuite and make it the master bedroom, or if you are a small family and have regular guests, a converted loft can serve as the perfect guest room.

A loft doesn’t have to be a bedroom; it can be anything you need it to be. Perhaps you are starting a business working from home and need some office space, or maybe just a place to study in peace. A small attic could also be the ideal location for an extra bathroom. A large family fighting over one bathroom is never a good thing!

Whatever your space problems, a loft conversion can be the perfect, cost-effective solution. Please have a look at our loft conversion gallery for some inspiration as to how you may wish to covert your loft

Velux Loft Conversion

A velux loft conversion is the most cost effective way to convert your loft. It involves no external alterations. I would describe a velux loft conversion to be a roof with sloping window(s) pointing towards the sky.  They let in amples amount of light due to their fitting. It is known as a “velux” loft conversion – as velux are the leading window brand and manufacturer of these windows. The power of a brand can be defined with what velux have done with loft conversions. They have a very good product and offer a plethora of windows in their range. They even have solar panelled windows.

Due to the simplicity of a velux loft conversion in the majority planning permission is not required. If you have good existing headroom in your loft (3 meters and over) – I would always recommend a velux loft conversion. When considering a velux loft conversion always

– Check your existing roof height

– Where to best position the velux windows. Where does sun rise from?

– The style and size of the window

– Whether a velux loft conversion would satisfy your needs. A loft conversion specialist would be able to advise the best loft design for your house within regulations and budget.

If a velux loft conversion is not enough – you may want to consider a Dormer or Mansard Loft Conversion.

Did you know… A “Velux” loft conversion and a Rooflight loft conversion are the same thing. This is loft conversion speak – don’t be confused by a loft conversion specialist.

 

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Why “Conversions” is the Buzz word of 2012

Conversions will be definitely the buzz word of 2012 – we’re only into March but I am making a bold statement here. You heard it here first and this is why….

Loft Conversions – make sense. They add value and allow families to grow and allow opportunities to be realised (a working from home room) As working patterns alter with the way people do business – a conversion will allow people to start realising potential of jobs and lives will be changed.

Conversions is also a buzz word from a online business perspective. Everyone is looking to convert whether it be – convert a click on a website to a sale, convert a lead into a contract, convert a speculative job application to a career, convert a like to a love, convert a blog post to a chapter, convert a dream into reality. Conversions will bring smiles to peoples faces, they will start helping people realise the rewards in life.

Loft Conversions should be considered asap as more people begin to realise the name of the game is to convert lofts… that’s it for tonight as I need an early night but thought I’d just put this thought in people mind as they begin to think what will they convert in 2012.

 

The “Hidden” Room | Loft Conversion

Answer :  Loft Conversion

Now you may have wondered where this “hidden” room is… For many it can be seen as the “MASTER BEDROOM”. It is not surprising over the years how many people have said to me they never knew they could make such a big room out of the space in their loft. For many lofts are used to store old school books, cds/vinyls, kids toys, old carpet, files and folders. It is where people have their most treasured memories. It is the most undervalued room in the house.

Some people put off having loft conversions completed because of just thinking and thinking and thinking of the sheer size of the job and upheaval it may cause. Some consider making the improvement when they want to move! This is a great move as it does add value but why not have it done sooner and enjoy the room itself.  A loft  in most occasions can be converted in most cases within 5 weeks. The vast majority, 98% carry on living in their home whilst the conversion is being completed. It is an exciting time for all in the family for those considering a loft conversion. In 2012, the UK housing market has somewhat stalled – London keeps attracting young professionals and families looking to build a nest egg and seems also to be loft conversion capital. Many loft conversion companies are concentrating on London, loft conversions london are in high demand … strong housing demand, resilient house prices and London pay packets mean loft conversions are definitely to be considered.

So if your still wondering where is this room? Its called ‘the loft’ – go on convert lofts and we’ll no longer have a housing shortage. You can even then have the “in laws” staying over (well OK lets not push it!)

Dormer Loft Conversions

A dormer is the most common type of loft conversion seen in the UK. It can be described as being basically a “box” on your roof or more correctly put as being “a structural element of a building that protrudes from the plane of a sloping roof surface” (courtesy of Wikipedia) Dormer loft conversions if built correctly can be done suited to the character of the property and take on the “feel” of the original house. Many loft converts have said they feel their best room is in the dormer conversion – many taking on having a bedroom / en-suite complete.

There are many types of dormer conversions that can be taken on, below I have tried to summarise the “dormer shopping list” available to those considering this type of loft conversion:

  • Gable fronted dormer: similar to a “dog kennel” I would say this is probably in most peoples eyes they “most common” loft conversion they can relate to.
  • Hipped roof dormer: the roof slopes back from front of structure to a point farther back, or, a dormer with a hip roof.
  • Flat roof dormer: the roof of the dormer is flat.
  • Shed dormer: A dormer (window) whose eave line is parallel to the main roof eave line. Shed dormers can provide more attic space and head room than gable dormers, but cannot be the same pitch as the main roof and may therefore require different roof sheeting. Often used in gable-roofed homes, a shed dormer has a single-planed roof, pitched at a shallower angle than the main roof.
  • Eyebrow or eyelid dormer “A low dormer on the slope of a roof. It has no sides, the roofing being carried over it in a wavy line.” The bottom of an eyebrow dormer is flat and the top is curved. This type of conversion is more popular for house in the suburbs and I saw fair few when on holiday recently in the US and Spain.
  • Link Dormer A large dormer that houses a chimney or joins one part of a roof to another.

Browse our gallery for a array of dormer loft conversions and discuss with your loft conversion specialist –

It is imperative that you research your loft conversion company diligently – take referrals and go see a completed loft. Loft conversions are not cheap and improperly constructed dormers are prone to leaks and give rise to expensive repairs.

Mansard Loft Conversion

What is a Mansard Loft Conversion?

So you may have heard a loft conversion specialist mention that you should consider a mansard conversion. Mansard loft conversions are popular in urban areas where older properties pre 1950s are prominent. London is a city where you will see alot of mansard conversions – they bring the added benefit of maximising the space in your loft and the ability to make use of all roof space. Generally when one considers a mansard conversion they opt for a flat room due to it being the most cost effective. We have found this type of loft conversion would be the preferred option from a planning perspective in sensitive areas and where original framework of the property is suited therefore keep in character with the property.

The conversion typically has a flat horizontal roof, with the back wall sloping inwards at an angle of 72 degrees. The majority of mansard loft conversions will require planning permission as you will be making a notable change to roof structure. Click on the mansard loft conversions below for a closer inspection.

Did you know…. Mansard Loft Conversions were named after a 17th-century French architect – Francois Mansart