A myth is typically defined as ‘a traditional or legendary story’, and make no mistake, there are plenty of tall tales surrounding loft conversions. It’s time to bust 5 of the most commonly held myths.
1. Securing planning permission for a loft conversion is difficult
Like many home alterations or building work, loft conversions will require planning permission. For those that do, this might have been difficult once upon a time, but recent planning rules make it easier then ever to build a loft conversion. And if your loft conversion falls within permitted development, you may not even need to get planning permission at all.
2. My roof is too low for a loft extension.
The legal minimum ceiling height has been removed from Building Regulations, however there is still a practical minimum heigh to think about. Luckily there is usually a way around this. Perhaps the ceiling of your room downstairs can be lowered, or install a dormer to get more height. A loft conversion opens up a whole host of new possibilities for your home. It’s time to get creative and see what you can achieve.
3. Loft extensions aren’t worth the investment
Although an extension is no small commitment, the return will be clear to see. Based on average house prices, Nationwide Building Society calculated that an extra bathroom could add 4.9% or £9,6000 on to the value of a home in the UK, whilst increasing the floor area by 10% could add another £10,000, or 5.1% on to its worth. Compare the figures to that of a loft conversion, which increase a property’s worth by about 22%, or £42,700. Robert Gardner, chief economist at Nationwide, said home buyers were prepared to pay more for extra usable space, as this was often associated with better quality accommodation.
“Homeowners who add a loft conversion or extension incorporating a double bedroom and a bathroom can add more than 20% to the value of a three-bedroom, one-bathroom house.”
With such figures, its easy to see why the chances of a loft extension costing more than the return on investment are considered low.
4. It would be easier to move than to build a loft conversion.
With ever increasing house prices, its no wonder more people are considering a loft conversion instead. Such a move is likely to not just be cheaper, but have additional benefits. A loft conversion can offer excellent value for money when looking at the return on investment, whilst the extra costs of moving house are numerous. Stamp duty, estate agency fees all add up. Which takes us into the next point to consider. Stress. Any homeowner will know, moving house is considered one of the most stressful things anyone can go through. Working with experts on a loft conversion project will offer considerably peace of mind and knowing you’re in good hands throughout the project will prove an effective stress buster.
5. Lofts don’t provide enough light
Roof windows let in a huge amount of light into lofts. Because of the pitch angle of a roof, velux windows can let up to twice the amount of light as a standard window. But what about those wintery nights curled up with a good book, what lighting can you resort to then? Using a space such as a loft conversion, recessed spotlights come into their own. Discreet and understated yet stylish, they can be used in narrow ceilings, in beams, or across sloping ceilings. If you’re after something a bit more traditional, opt for a low ceiling light. Sat flush again the ceiling, these are designed to not take up valuable head space.
With these loft conversion myths debunked, you might be feeling its time to seriously start considering what a loft conversion can do for you. To see what Woodhart can do for you, give us a call on 01273 539124 or email us on [email protected]