Thinking about converting your loft? Whether your family has outgrown your home, or you are dreaming of a luxurious home office a loft conversion is the perfect way to gain some much needed space in your home. A loft conversion with ensuite is a great way to make the most of the space, creating a usable space for yourself or guests. But, before you start your loft conversion there are a few things you need to know first.
Balance Out Your Home
Many homes have sufficient social areas such as the kitchen and living room, but lack in bedrooms, making a loft conversion the perfect way to balance out your home. A loft conversion with ensuite is a great way of creating a luxurious master bedroom, alternatively, the space can be used as anything from a home office, teenage den, or even two smaller bedrooms. Whatever you choose to do with your loft conversion, you can be sure that it will bring more balance to your home.
Is Your Loft Space Suitable?
Almost certainly, yes! The majority of lofts are suitable for a conversion as long as they meet the general minimum head height requirement of 2.3m. While other factors such as chimneys and water tanks can influence the suitability, most lofts tend to be suitable for a conversion. Additionally, if your loft height isn’t quite 2.3m, a loft conversion can still be possible, although it will be more costly as the roof height has to be raised, or floor level lowered to accommodate the conversion.
Increase the Value of Your Home
With a loft conversion you can be pretty confident that you will get a return on your investment as a loft conversion with ensuite can significantly increase the value of your home. In fact, a loft conversion can increase the value of your property by as much as £50,000 - what a great investment to make in your home!
Different Types of Loft Conversion
It is worth knowing that there are different types of loft conversion, and a range of options to suit any budget. From a simple skylight to a full gable to gable conversion, our expert team can advise you of the best option to suit your home and budget.
The Design of Your Loft Conversion with Ensuite
Before you start your loft conversion you need to consider the design of the space, particularly if you are considering a loft conversion with ensuite. When an ensuite is incorporated into the space, the ceiling height really needs to be taken into consideration, allowing you to prioritise the likes of a shower and hand basin which require headroom. Additionally, the positioning of stairs into the conversion must be planned out in advance as this may alter the layout and design of the floor(s) below. The excellent team at CP Builders and Joiners can help advise you of the best choices for your space to ensure that you can make the most of your new loft conversion with ensuite. Have a look at our last blog article for some of the latest bathroom trends to help you design the ensuite in your loft conversion.
Planning Permission and Building Regulations
Planning permission and building regulations do need to be taken into consideration before starting your loft conversion. In most cases, you shouldn’t need planning permission as long as the conversion does not extend the house beyond the existing plane of the roof. While it is unlikely that you will need planning permission, you should always check local planning permission rules to be sure. Building regulations, however, are more likely to influence the conversion of your loft, so you should be sure to check that you are in line with local regulations. Again, our team can provide you with help and guidance to ensure that your new loft conversion is in line with local regulations, acquiring planning permission where required.
Reduced Energy Bills
Converting your loft space often involves the installation of insulation to be in line with building regulations. This significantly improves your energy efficiency, therefore reducing the cost of your energy bills.