5 Reasons Why Loft Conversions Are A Great Idea

Loft conversions are fantastic property improvements that make the most of a home’s original space. A loft conversion turns an empty loft space into an additional, fully operational, and habitable floor. 

If you’ve considered home renovations before, you might have wondered whether loft conversions are best for your home. There are several reasons why loft conversions are a great idea

In many cases, loft conversions are great for adding more space into a home and are suitable for several property types. You might have seen popular loft conversion options that convert the space into a master bedroom, but you can customise your loft space however you wish. 

The advantages of loft conversions include:

 

    1. Increased habitable space

    1. May not need planning permission

    1. Energy-efficient design

    1. Available in different styles

    1. Increases home value

Why Loft Conversions Are A Great Idea

If you’re unsure of how loft conversions can add to your home, here are some of the main advantages of loft conversions.

1. Increased Habitable Space

If you live with several household members, you’ll notice how homes can feel constrained due to a lack of space. 

According to Which?, the average British house is now 20% smaller compared to houses in the 1970s. Families with young children may notice this as their children grow into their teens and need more room. 

A lack of habitable space is a reason why householders consider moving to a larger home which meets their room requirements. Options like conservatories and extensions can increase a property’s living space, but implementing these requires significant planning and time. 

Loft conversions, however, are relatively simple and quick to add to a home. Whether you need a new bedroom, bathroom, en-suite, or study, a loft conversion can add these rooms to your home without making huge changes to its square footage. 

Extensions also need approved planning permission beforehand, which takes time and money, but several loft conversions can be carried out without planning permission, which we’ll get into next. 

A loft conversion taking place which is increasing the amount of habitable space, a reason why loft conversions are a great idea.

 

Whether you need a new bedroom, bathroom, en-suite, or study, a loft conversion can add these rooms to your home without making huge changes to its square footage.

2. May Not Need Planning Permission

Home alterations that require extensions need planning permission before they can begin. 

Fortunately, most properties have a PD (permitted development) allowance, which lets you carry out loft conversions without planning permission. 

However, this is subject to several conditions, as loft conversions that involve changing your home’s entire appearance won’t be rated as permitted developments. 

These include:

 

    • Materials should have a similar appearance to the current property.

    • No balconies, raised platforms, or verandas.

    • Roof enlargement should not extend over the original property’s outer wall face. 

    • Extensions should not rise higher than the roof’s tallest section

Planning permission applications and costs also take up time and money. Even after applying, you cannot guarantee that your request will be accepted. As many loft conversions don’t require planning permission, you can start your project as soon as you wish. 

Two pages of a planning permission document.

 

Most properties have a permitted development allowance, which lets you carry out loft conversions without planning permission. However, this is subject to several conditions, as loft conversions that involve changing your home’s entire appearance aren’t rated as permitted developments.

3. Energy Efficient Design

Another reason why loft conversions are a great idea is their energy-efficient design

Many rooms within a property can be blocked by elements like trees or large buildings outside. If the weather becomes dim or cloudy, you’ll need artificial lighting to illuminate your home, adding to your electricity bill. 

Loft conversions are fitted with large-scale windows, which allow natural light into the space for most of the day. They make the most of light outside, even on gloomy days, so you won’t need artificial lighting during the day. 

Loft conversion specialists will also add insulation to your roof during the process. This keeps heat in during the colder months, which lowers your central heating bill in winter. The insulation also prevents hot air from entering the space during summer, keeping you comfortable in hotter months. 

At Rose Line Premier, our construction team understands the importance of energy-efficient design. Our team members will work with you to ensure your loft conversion is well-insulated and matches your desired style themes. 

You can guarantee that your home will be sufficiently insulated following a loft conversion, which increases your property’s energy efficiency. 

To explore your loft conversion project ideas in more detail, get in touch with a member of our team, or view our website for more information. 

A home energy rating dial at energy rating A. This indicates energy efficient design, a reason why loft conversions are a great idea.

 

Loft conversions are fitted with large-scale windows that allow natural light into a space for most of the day. They make the most of light outside, even on gloomy days, so you won’t need artificial lighting during the day. 

4. Available In Different Styles

Loft conversions are available in many different styles that are suitable for a variety of homes. There are three main kinds of loft conversions, which are:

Velux Conversions

Velux conversions make the most of a loft’s original layout and shape, but make the space look bigger by installing Velux windows on the roof. 

Also known as skylight loft conversions, velux conversions are easy and cost-effective. The roof’s original structure isn’t changed, apart from a few rooflights added to the present roof. 

Velux loft conversions turn an unventilated, dim loft space into a habitable, breathable, bright room. 

Dormer Loft Conversions

Dormer loft conversions renovate the original loft space and add a small roof extension, turning slanted rooms into vertical structures. This looks like a cube-shaped structure added to a pitched roof, forming walls that extend 90 degrees to the floor. 

Dormer loft conversions give you more headspace, natural light, and floor space. 

Hip to Gable Conversions

Many homes, like bungalows and semi-detached houses, have slanted roofs on their side, which makes it harder to carry out loft conversions. 

Hip-to-gable conversions extend a roof’s slanted side, replacing the slope with an upright, vertical wall. The vertical wall is called ‘gable’, while the slanted side is called the ‘hip’, giving this loft conversion style its distinct name. 

A loft conversion taking place from outside a home.

 

Loft conversions are available in many different styles that are suitable for a variety of homes.The three main kinds of loft conversions are Velux, Dormer, and Hip to Gable loft conversions.

5. Increases Home Value

Loft conversions don’t just add to your home’s functionality, they can increase its value if you choose to sell in the future. 

A Nationwide report found that loft conversions involving a bathroom and double bedroom can increase a three-bed, one-bathroom home’s value by 20%. This is even more in London, as loft conversions to two-bedroom homes can increase their value by 24.5%

Square footage is a factor that increases a property’s value. Loft conversions that involve extensions or increases in your home’s size can increase your property’s value. 

Loft conversions that don’t increase your home’s square footage can be valuable as well. 

The housing market is full of properties, so potential tenants and buyers will be looking for homes with features that make them stand out. Loft conversions improve your home’s current space, turning your loft area into a gem whose functionality attracts potential buyers. 

Dollar signs next to a icon of a home with an arrow rising upwards. This indicates increasing home value, a reason why loft conversions are a great idea.

 

Square footage is a factor that increases a property’s value. Loft conversions that involve extensions or increases in your home’s size can increase your property’s value. 

How We Can Help

Increasing floor space, improving property value, and saving you money on energy bills are just some of the reasons why loft conversions are a great idea. If you’re searching for a skilled and reliable team to carry out your loft conversion, Rose Line Premier can help. 

At Rose Line Premier, we have over 20 years of experience designing and creating beautiful properties, giving all of our projects the same attention to excellent quality craftsmanship. 

To discuss your architectural construction or design plans with us, send us an email at enquiries@roselinepremier.com or give us a call at 02079987679