Loft Conversions Provide More Space Without Moving

An expanding family is synonymous with one common dilemma – your home just isn’t big enough anymore. A frequent response to this problem is to start searching for a bigger property. But moving home is expensive, stressful and often quite risky, particularly considering the current state of the housing and financial market. That’s why more and more families are shunning the big move and instead choosing to expand on what they’ve already got.

Why Build a Loft?

A loft conversion, whether it’s a bungalow loft conversion or a two up, two down townhouse, is a fantastic way to make the most of the building’s existing space.

A loft conversion is completely versatile. It can be used for anything from an extra bedroom (or two) to a playroom or office. The space is also easily altered as needs change. Unlike a kitchen extension, which is very difficult to change in use once the kitchen itself has been fitted, a loft extension can easily be adapted from say, an office to a bedroom, should the pitter-patter of more little feet lead to the need for such a room.

Benefits of Loft Conversions

But one of the loft conversions most significant benefits is that it doesn’t infringe on any of the property’s land. One of the things known to deter homeowners from extending their property at ground level is the fact that the extension is going to reduce the size of the garden. And if like many modern properties, the garden is already somewhat on the small size, then the prospect of a conservatory or larger kitchen is simply out of the question.

Thankfully, most properties can be extended upwards, with no concern that any of the property’s existing space will be reduced. For most houses, a loft conversion is a relatively simple procedure. Bungalow loft conversions can sometimes be trickier (a lot of bungalows are not built with the support needed for a loft conversion), but the homes structure can be reinforced, meaning that a bungalow loft conversion is still a considerably simpler prospect that moving home.

Loft conversions also offer another benefit over ground level extensions – in some areas, they do not require planning permission. Obtaining planning permission can be time consuming and costly, and there is no guarantee you will receive the answer you want. Therefore, opting for a loft conversion or bungalow loft conversion means that usually, you can start the work right away, and you will save money and heartache through not having to deal with local government bodies.

Planning a Loft Conversion

However, when it comes to finding builders to complete the work for you and turn your house into the perfect family home, it’s vital to ensure you employ people who are experienced, talented and trustworthy. The best method of doing this is to search locally and choose a person or firm with glowing reviews. A simple Google search for say, ‘loft conversions Birmingham’ will bring up a list of local builders, hopefully with a number of reviews attached to ensure you only pick the best your area has to offer!

This guest post was written by James Harper on behalf of Buckley Loft Conversions, experts in bungalow loft conversions. For information on loft conversions Birmingham and surrounding areas please visit

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