Myths and Misconceptions: Loft conversions

Myths and Misconceptions: Loft conversions

Deciding to create more space in your loft is almost always a great idea. It is relatively inexpensive, it can create plenty of space and it uses space that would otherwise be empty. But many people are put off going through the process because they have preconceived ideas about loft conversions. We are here to break some of these myths and help you to realise that a loft conversion could be exactly what are looking for in a house extension

Planning permission is too hard
It is true that getting planning permission can be a long process. But it is not hard at all. In fact, if your loft conversion comes within permitted development (which the vast majority do) you may not even need to get planning permission at all. However if you find that planning is required all you need are some architects drawings and to fill the required forms. Within 3 months your planning should be in place. Your builder will be able to take over the entire process for you, so it needn’t be a concern.

I will lose value on my home
If you spend £20,000 on a loft conversion, you want to be sure that you will get £20,000 or more on the value of your home. While you need to ensure that your loft conversion meets all the regulations and requirements of your local authority and that it is well constructed, the chances of it costing you more than the return on the investment are low. It makes sense to talk to an estate agent before you go ahead to find out the improved value and you should bear in mind that moving to a larger home may cost you much more.

Loft conversions are disruptive
All building work requires you to be a little understanding of dust, mess and disruption, but actually, loft conversions are probably the least disruptive of all. The majority of the work is carried out on a part of the house you are not currently using and so you won’t be losing a room. The construction of the stairs will be the hardest part, but this is usually a relatively quick part of the process.

My roof height is too low
There are definitely restrictions on loft conversions based on roof height, but there are still ways around it. You could consider lowering the ceilings of the downstairs rooms, lifting your roof line (this will usually require planning) or installing a dormer to get the required height at the top of the stairs. It is rare that a loft is too small or so restricted in head height that nothing can be done.

So, as you can see, building a loft conversion may not be as far out of your reach as you thought. Just by talking to a builder and getting some quotes you will see that it really could be a great idea for you and your family.