If you’re hoping to create more living space in your home then a loft conversion could be a great option. If you still can’t quite decide whether or not to go ahead, don’t panic! The following guide will take you through the pros and cons of loft conversions in order to help you decide whether or not it’s the best decision for your property.
More living space
A loft conversion is a great way to create additional living space without needing to physically extend the property. It’s an innovative way to make use of the existing space you have and use it to create more room for yourself. You could use a loft conversion for storage or make it into an additional bedroom or lounge room. A loft conversion can function as a stylish looking, contemporary living space particularly if you furnish it with urban and industrial style furniture.
Does not reduce garden space
One of the major benefits of a loft conversion is that it doesn’t take away from your garden space. Whilst conservatories and other house extensions usually edge into the garden and can look obtrusive, a loft conversion doesn’t need to have any impact on the garden whatsoever.
Often more affordable
Although a loft conversion isn’t cheap, it’s likely to be a lot cheaper than making major structural changes to the house. Major house extensions are expensive and take a long time to complete. Loft conversions are usually far less expensive and are likely to add value onto the property making them a sensible long term investment.
Does not obstruct or overshadow neighbouring properties
Loft conversions are a lot less obtrusive than house extensions which can often be hard to get planning permission for. As a loft conversion is built into the existing property you’re unlikely to obscure or overshadow neighbouring properties.
Your house may not be suitable
A major disadvantage of loft conversions is that not all houses can accommodate them. Houses that have a low-pitched roof, such as a trussed roof, are usually not able to be converted. In order to build a loft conversion in houses like this, you would need to spend a lot of money on remodelling and restructuring the roof. Additionally, there are strict regulations about changing the structure of the roof that may further hinder the process.
The room may feel cramped
There tends to be a lack of headroom in loft conversions that can make them uncomfortable to live in. Sloping ceilings can also make the space feel cramped. Having said this, not all loft conversions are the same size and they can function as a cosy living room or peaceful office space.
You might lose storage
Unless you’re planning on converting your loft to use as an additional storage room, converting the space into another room could make you lose storage space for other items. If you are hoping to use the loft conversion as another living space, think about how much you currently rely on the loft for storage before going ahead with it. If you choose to go ahead with it but need to clear some space, make sure you check out our fantastic decluttering tips.
So, what’s the verdict?
As you can see, there are both benefits and drawbacks of going ahead with a loft conversion. Ultimately, the decision comes down to personal choice based on the requirements of your individual property as well as your budget. Think about the main reasons you would like a loft conversion and weigh this up against the financial costs. Hopefully, this should help give you your answer.