Reasons to convert your loft
Converting your loft will increase your living space and ensure you and your family have the extra room you require, but there are endless reasons to convert your loft. While the extra space gained by converting your attic is certainly one of the main advantages, you’ll find numerous reasons to invest in your home with an upward extension.
Minimal disruption during construction
Many people expect a loft conversion to involve lengthy building works and a lot of upheaval, but nothing could be further from the truth. Loft conversions are typically completed in far less time than standard extensions and they cause minimal disruption.
When you have your attic space converted into a useable area, the vast majority of the work is confined to the loft space. This means that contractors and builders won’t need to enter the areas of your home that you’re using on a daily basis.
During the course of your conversion, the only element which is likely to impact on other areas of your home is the installation of the stairs. However, even this aspect of the conversion won’t cause undue disruption. Usually, the stairs for your loft conversion can be installed in less than a day, so you won’t find your family life is interrupted by ongoing building works.
Furthermore, you’ll find that a loft conversion can be undertaken in almost any weather conditions. With professional-grade materials to protect an uncovered loft from the elements, an attic conversion won’t be hampered by poor weather. In comparison, work on standard extensions can be delayed by certain weather conditions, particularly if groundworks are affected.
Of course, Construction HQ contractors are acutely aware of the impact any type of building work can have on your life. We’ll take extra care to ensure there is minimal disruption to your home and your family life during the course of converting your loft space.
Planning for the future
There aren’t many occasions when you’ll wish your home was smaller, but we bet you find yourself wishing for extra space on a regular basis. Indeed, most families could benefit from an extra room or even a third storey on their property. However you plan on using your <a href=” https://www.constructionhq.co.uk/loft-conversion/”>loft conversion</a> now, having the attic space modified into a useable room ensures that you have extra space in the future too.
With many children staying at home for longer than ever before, you don’t know how long you might need to maintain a large home. Furthermore, adult children may require extra space and more privacy, so a loft conversion is the ideal solution. If young people stay at home whilst saving for a house of their own or return to the family home after attending university, having a functional loft conversion can be a blessing.
If you have young children, you may not be looking that far into the future just yet, but a loft conversion will certainly come in handy. With the option to use your new space as a playroom for youngsters or a media centre for teenagers, you can ensure you have all the space a growing family needs.
Of course, a loft conversion won’t just come in handy when you’ve got multiple people living at the property. Even when children have flown the nest, a loft conversion can be used as a guest room or as a suite for visitors. Whether you design your loft conversion as a bedroom, craft room, home office or playroom, or you choose to keep it as a shared, multi-purpose area, you’ll always be glad to have the extra space it affords.
Increased energy efficiency
If you choose to have a standard extension added to your property, you’ll need to think carefully about the impact it will have on your fuel bills. Adding either a one or two-storey extension to any property requires plumbing and heating installations, as well as ongoing energy costs.
Whilst a loft conversion will certainly have effective heating and plumbing solutions installed, you won’t expect to spend the same amount on fuel when you’re maintaining an attic conversion. As heat naturally rises and lofts are typically well-insulated, you should find that a loft conversion requires less energy than any other type of extension.
As a result, you can increase the amount of functional space in your home, without having a considerable impact on your monthly energy bills.
Minimal external maintenance
Once installed, most modern loft conversions require minimal external maintenance, so this isn’t something you’ll need to cope with. Current roofing and guttering systems are more advanced than their traditional counterparts, so you won’t be faced with the need to access them on a regular basis.
In addition to this, using a uPVC fascia and soffits negates the need for external painting. When compared to wood, plastic is far less likely to be damaged due to excessive moisture or poor weather conditions, so you can minimise the need for repair works too. With the option to use clean, white soffit boards, coloured soffits to complement your existing external décor or realistic woodgrain or wood effect soffits, you can enhance the character of your home whilst benefiting from an almost maintenance free exterior.
Choosing a loft conversion
When you extend upwards, you may be able to avoid applying for planning permission. As there is less chance of the structure overshadowing any adjacent properties, many types of loft conversions don’t require planning permission, which means you won’t be held up by the Local Authority.
With loft conversions giving you a vast amount of extra space, causing minimal disruption and increasing the value of your home by up to around 20%, there are plenty of reasons to arrange your conversion right now!
To learn more about extending your property with a loft conversion, contact Construction HQ today. With years of experience and in-depth knowledge of the industry, we’re always on hand to provide the advice and assistance you need.