Pros and cons of loft conversions
7th January 2015
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Advantages

  • Converting your loft may actually be cheaper than to have an extension built as you would be working with an existing structure rather than having to build from scratch.
  • Extending upwards means you don’t lose any outdoor space or in narrow properties it avoids losing windows or creating long dark corridors.
  • It can also be beneficial if the outside conditions are difficult to build on, for instance if the soil is of poor quality for building or if there are trees that you don’t want to lose or if there are sewers that would make building difficult or impossible.
  • Converting your loft means that the work is more likely to be completed within a good time frame as the work is less dependent upon clement weather.
  • It is easier to do get the permission needed to convert your loft compared to building an extension – indeed, it may even be exempt from needing planning permission.

Disadvantages

  • Some houses with non-standard roof pitches will not be able to have a loft conversion as the roof pitch will not allow it.
  • If you covert your loft then you are changing the type of house it is so if/when you sell, you might be limiting your target buyer i.e. if you convert the loft in a bungalow it then becomes a 2 storey house or a two story would become three and thus may not be desirable to the elderly or those with young children.
  • Having a loft conversion may lead to other work needing to be done such as increasing the fire resistant nature of the existing doors and floor or having to put in extra fire escape roots.
  • You could also lose space from the living area on the floor below which will be needed to accommodate the new stairs needed for access.
  • Thought and planning is needed into how the loft conversion will look from the outside as a poorly designed conversion could damage the outside appearance of your house.
  • Furnishing a loft conversion can be tricky as most spaces will be unable to hold conventional furniture such as a full sized wardrobe.
  • You need to consider the overall height that is available as you don’t want to have to stoop when you are in the room.
  • By converting you loft space you are losing valuable storage space – will you be able to store the contents of your attic in the rest of your house?

If you think that converting your loft is the solution for you then why not contact Hood and Joy Builders to see how they can help you.

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