Loft Conversion Ideas
Value – Increase the potential value of your home
Value is critical in any conversation about potential projects, and loft conversions are no different. There are countless ways to add value to your home; a loft conversion is as close to a guarantee as possible. Research conducted by Nationwide suggests that a loft conversion can add over 20% onto the value of your property; considering that your average loft conversion can cost anywhere between £20,000-£60,000 (depending on project scope and host property), it is a project worth considering.
A potential buyer or prospective tenant will always seek a property that cuts above the rest of the market and stands out. A loft conversion is a perfect way to enhance your chances of a sale or letting by showcasing your property's full potential. A loft conversion is the ideal way to offer you the space you need today and provide a valuable investment should you ever decide to sell.
Energy – Increase the energy efficiency of your home
A study from TheGreenAge states that roughly 25% of the heat produced within your home will escape from your roof without proper insulation. Many schemes and technologies are available to reduce this impact, such as rolled quilt insulation or more efficient boilers. Still, to excuse the pun, they simply 'paper over the cracks.'
As part of the building process, you must meet the guidance within Part L of the Approved Documents to comply with the latest revision of the UK Building Regulations. Without going too deep into the technical matters, this will ensure that your loft conversion stays warm and cosy in the winter and doesn't allow the heat from outside to seep in the summer. What this means for you is less money spent heating your loft conversion and, in extreme cases, potentially removing the need for expensive equipment such as air conditioning.
There is also the potential to include intelligent technologies in your loft conversion, such as solar panels, that can further reduce your energy spending by producing electricity for your home. It is also important to remember that energy costs are a crucial consideration for potential buyers; we have plenty of loft conversion ideas that can increase energy efficiency and property value.
Space – Provide you with the area your home needs.
It's always wise to save the best until the last; we didn’t want to disappoint. Space is undoubtedly the most significant advantage of a loft conversion; it is most likely the reason you have loft conversion ideas in the first place.
Outgrowing your home and needing more space is incredibly easy, whether because your young family is growing (or growing up), elderly family members have moved in, or you will spend more time working from home. The factors all point to one thing – more space.
Extending out may not be possible for you, or it may not offer the solutions you need in terms of the space it will provide, and this is where a loft conversion can come into its element. They are highly flexible in what they can offer you now and into the future; the nature of a modern loft conversion means that the internal partitions are unlikely to be load-bearing, and as such, the space can be changed later if needed.
The best feature of a loft conversion is that it usually takes up dead space within your home, unlike an extension that will east into your garden space. A loft conversion will take up the attic space above you, which will maximise the potential of your home.