When looking into increasing the size of living accommodation, the most popular choices are building an extension or creating a loft conversion. However, when having access to outside space is as much a consideration as space inside, neither of these two choices seem to work - after all a loft conversion only creates space inside, not outside, right?
Despite the fact that British homes now prove that we’re well and truly in the era of the combi-boiler, with over half of UK homes heating their water this way, in many lofts a water tank still lurks.
It’s official – homeowners in North London have increasingly been converting their lofts instead of moving, part of a trend which looks set to continue into 2017.
Moving house has always been recognised as being stressful and expensive but as property values continue to rise, the associated costs of moving in the UK, especially London, are also becoming increasingly expensive.
Having a loft conversion is all about adding value to your home, not just fiscally, but also in terms of making the most of your space. But making the most of the space can lead to a few design dilemmas - the loft room isn’t just about creating space for its new use, but also about compensating for losing some storage space.
Although the well-known adage “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” could be considered as another way of saying looks don’t matter, when it’s your neighbours and the planning office who will be beholding the dormer window of your loft conversion, the look is absolutely everything.
The idea of a creative space is certainly inspiring, but check out our checklists to see what else you may need to consider in the context of some very specific creative space loft conversions...
Making the move up into the loft is an exciting challenge, but it can be more challenging still if an en-suite is part of the plan. So how can you meet the challenge (and the building regulations) when creating the best possible little room of the house?
Whilst our instinct is to dismiss too-small properties at the detail gathering stage, it’s worth thinking again, looking more carefully at the property details and both interior and exterior photographs, before viewing the property and considering its asking price with another option in mind: extending the accommodation with a loft conversion.
Staircases are an important part of a loft conversion but can be tricky to get right – not just in terms of the space available and compliance with building regulations, but also to complete the work in the best way without blowing the budget.
Part of the thrill of creating new living space from a loft conversion comes from bringing light into that space with the installation of windows.
If you're wondering what types of Loft Conversion are available, read our guide to find out.
Mansard loft conversions can add a great deal of extra space to your property.
A hip to gable loft extension will extend your roof, giving you more space for a loft extension
Abbey Lofts have conducted a study to show just how much your property's value can increase with a Loft Conversion.