Are you thinking of investing in a loft conversion for your home? Many homeowners debate investing in a loft conversion for their home but there are many benefits to doing so. Here we go through the different types of loft conversions available and the benefits of them.
1. Increased Living Space
With many of us spending more time than ever at home in the past year, your home may be feeling smaller – especially if you have had to improvise a home office space or home schooling space or are suddenly feeling like you’re under each others’ feet! Perhaps you even have an additional family member living with you during this time.
A Brighton loft conversion is a great way to expand your living space without the need to move home. With Brighton property at a premium and demand for properties rising by 50% in the last 12 months, expanding your home may be the preferable option.
A loft conversion can be used for a number of different rooms, be that an extra bedroom, office, play area or quiet space to relax. Depending on the space available, you may even be able to create two rooms.
2. Added Value To Your Home
With Brighton house prices on the rise and demand for properties high, a Brighton loft conversion is the key to increasing the value of your home and making a great profit on your home. A loft conversion can add as much as 20% to the value of your home – paying for the loft conversion and more, making the investment worth it.
Home buyers are looking for plenty of space in their homes, the lockdown saw a rise in people looking for homes with more space as demand for home offices grew. With working from home likely to remain popular after this, this will be on the wish list for many home buyers.
3. No Planning Permission
In the vast majority of cases, a loft conversion will not need planning permission as it will fall under permitted development. Therefore it is a much simpler way of expanding your home without needing to go through the process of applying to the council and waiting for approval from the planning meeting.
Should you need to apply for planning permission, for example, if you live in a protected area or heritage building, we can take care of the whole process for you.
4. Variety Of Loft Conversion Options Available
When it comes to a loft conversion, there a variety of different loft conversions available, so you can choose the type of design that suits your needs. In some cases, the type of loft conversion you can have will depend on the type of home you have such as terraced, semi-detached or detached, but we are happy to help and advise you.
From a roof light conversion, which is ideal for large loft spaces to the popular dormer loft conversion, or a hip to gable conversion – there is an option to suit most homes to create the necessary living space.
5. Energy Efficiency
Investing in a loft conversion won’t bring added demand to your energy bills either. As loft conversions usually make use of large roof windows and as they are high up, they usually benefit from great natural light all year round.
While completing your loft conversion, we will ensure it is a liveable space by providing adequate insulation to keep it warm in winter and cool in summer. We can fit in heating options, but being at the top of the house, the loft conversion should also benefit from the warmth from the rest of the house.
With the loft suitably insulated and converted into a liveable space, you whole home will benefit from better loft insulation and less heat being lost this way.
How much is a loft conversion?
The price of your loft conversion will depend on the size and scale of the project, but the average cost usually lies between £30-50k. We can provide you with a more accurate quote following an initial site survey of the loft space and a discussion with you about your plans for the space. While it can seem quite an investment, the money you make from the increase in property value will cover the initial investment.
We can prepare an itemised quote for you and from there, we can add or remove certain elements to meet your budget and demands. Call us now to book an initial site survey.
What building regulations do I need to consider?
With most loft conversions, you will not need planning permission, but it will need to meet certain building regulations. These building regulations are in place to ensure it is a safe and habitable living space.
It is required that there is a staircase to the loft conversion and suitable headroom at the top of these stairs, so you will need to think about where these stairs would work with the below floor. The loft conversion will need to have sufficient headroom so that the occupier can stand comfortably and there will need to be sound and thermal insulation as well as an electric supply, ventilation and light. It is also important there is a safe escape route in the event of a fire.
How long does a loft conversion take?
The time it takes to complete a loft conversion will depend on different factors, such as the type of loft conversion that is taking place – for example a roof light conversion requires much less construction than a dormer or hip to gable conversion. Other elements such as size, refurbishment work and the facilities required will also impact on the length of time it takes.
We never take on more than three projects at a time, so you can feel confident you will always be our priority and be able to contact us for any questions during the building process. We’ll provide regular project updates and keep you updated on a target completion date.