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What is a Loft Conversion?

A loft is defined as a broad and open space, precisely under the roof, generally without any internal wall. The loft conversion is a technique of converting an empty loft into a useful room, generally used as an office room, bedroom, or a storage space.

A loft conversion is a popular home alteration method in Scotland to provide better spacing in the house. Loft conversions tend to be more popular in rural areas of Scotland.  It can be argued that it is less stressful to get a loft conversion instead of extending your house, which more often requires planning permission. A loft can be converted into a bedroom, bathroom, leaving space or anything according to your wish.

Benefits Of A Loft Conversion

A common question that arises is why convert a loft? Everyone has their reasons for converting the loft into a habitable space in their homes. Although it requires a significant budget, there are many reasons why loft conversion makes sense.

  • Adding more living space

If your family is growing and you have less space to accommodate, a loft conversion is the best option. Extending the house is much more expensive and obtaining planning permissions can be tough. Loft conversion provides additional space in the home quickly and is also less stressful.

  • Hike in the value of your home

Investing in a loft conversion can increase the value of your house by around 10-25%. When you eventually sell the property, you can anticipate a significant increase in its value.

  • Set up a new bathroom

As your family grows, the traffic jams around the bathroom increases. Converting a loft into the bathroom may be a wise choice to peacefully enjoy your shower time.

  • More storage

Your loft can be nicely incorporated into a storage space. All the unused and things you aren’t willing to dispose of can take up this place.

  • Eliminate planning permission

In most cases, planning permission is not required for loft conversion, making it less stressful. In some instances, it can be completed within around one month.

  • Space for rent out

As rents are at their peak, it’s the perfect time to convert the loft into a studio flat. Within a couple of months of construction, it would be ready to rent out.

  • Improves natural light

Lofts are generally dark places. Providing a few new windows can make the place habitual and also open up better views from your apartment.

Loft Conversions in Ayrshire

Bedrooms, Gym, Kids Play Area, Spare Bathrooms & More

Loft Conversion Ideas

Are you seeking loft conversion ideas to transform your loft into well-designed areas? Before undertaking a loft conversion, there are several factors to consider. Firstly, ensure that your loft is suitable for conversion. Take into account your budget, room configuration, and positioning of windows. Check for any obstacles like water tanks or chimney stacks that may need removal. Here are some loft conversion ideas:

  • Breakout into the peace-loving living room

Everyone loves spending family time and enjoying with friends in a cozy living room. Add beauty to your living space with a classic sofa and super-cool decorative stuff.

  • Exhibit your brickwork

Leave one side of the wall unpainted to showcase the brickwork, providing a classy feature that complements slanting ceilings. If the bricks are not in perfect condition, there are various wallpapers available to maintain the look.

  • Incorporate a spacious balcony

A master bedroom that opens out to a balcony adds a soothing touch. A balcony ensures proper lighting for the room and makes it appear even more spacious..

  • Convert a loft into kid zone

A narrow loft is ideal for a children’s room. As it may not fit a master bedroom, a small bed with cute accessories and storage space can create a charming children’s room.

  • Maximize Daylight into your loft

Increasing natural light in the room makes it appear more spacious. Consider the positioning of windows to allow for maximum daylight. For example, a shallow room benefits from long windows spaced evenly, while a deeper room suits larger windows.

  • Turn your loft to an activity room

A loft is perfect for a games or hobbies room, or even a home cinema. However, different activities may require different lighting conditions, so the interior design of the loft should be tailored accordingly

Loft Conversion installed in North Ayrshire

This loft conversion was for an extra bedroom for a family in Stirling

Types of Loft Conversion

There are essentially four types of loft conversions. To make decisions about which type of loft suits you best, consider factors such as the shape of the roof, the age of the house, your budget, and your approved development rights.


The four main types of loft conversion are as follows:

Roof light loft conversion

A roof light loft conversion involves adding skylight windows and laying down suitable flooring to transform the space into a habitable living area.

Pros:

  • About 25% cheaper and least disruptive than other conversion types.
  • Most likely to be allowed in conservative areas.

Cons:

  • The head height of the room should be 2.25m or more, so you need to have a larger roof space.
  • It doesn’t provide more useful space.
  • Planning permissions are required if windows are provided at the front.

Dormer loft Conversion

A dormer loft conversion is the most popular type, especially the simple flat-roof dormers. They are suitable for most houses with sloping roofs. This type of extension doesn’t require extensive changes.

Pros:

  • A useful headroom can be added in a cramped loft.
  • It provides better light and air passage.
  • Apt for most home styles in the U.K.
  • Affordable compared to other options.

Cons:

  • Aesthetically unpleasing structure.

Mansard Loft Conversion

 A mansard loft conversion is constructed by raising the party walls shared with your neighbors. The roofs are flat but the roof angle is altered. Although expensive, this type of loft conversion provides a significant amount of extra space. It is suitable for terraced houses, semi-detached, or detached houses.

Pros:

  • It has an aesthetically pleasing appearance than the domer.
  • Allow more light to your loft.
  • Incorporate well into former properties.
  • It provides more headroom than other loft conversions.

Cons:               

  • Planning permissions are mostly required.
  • Longer construction time.
  • Expensive than any other type of conversion.

Hip to Gable Loft Conversion

A hip to gable loft conversion involves adjusting an inwardly sloping roof to create a vertical wall. This simple modification can significantly increase the living area inside a home. It is a popular method for home renovations.

 Pros:

  • Aesthetically pleasing appearance.
  • Perfect for chalets and bungalows.

Cons:

  • Expensive than a domer loft conversion.
  • Not suitable for mid-terrace houses.

Dormer Loft Conversion East Ayrshire

Dormer loft conversions are the most common lofts in Scotland

Loft Conversion Cost

A loft conversion is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to save and improve space or square footage in your home. The cost of a loft conversion depends on factors such as the area of the floor, structural requirements, and access. Compared to house extensions, loft conversions are generally cheaper and can increase your house value by at least 15%.

The cost of a standard loft conversion may start from £10,000 and varies depending on the size of the property and the style of loft conversion chosen. The costs of different types of conversions are as follows:

Adding a loft room If there is enough space already in the loft (i.e., above 2.2m of height between the bottom of the ridge timber and top of the ceiling joist), this involves adding the staircase, insulation, lights, floor, and decorations. This is the cheapest option, generally costing around £10,000 to £25,000.

Dormer loft conversionThis involves extending the existing roof by building walls and windows. It is suitable for most terraced houses. The average cost for this conversion is around £25,000 to £50,000.

Hip to Gable conversionsThis conversion is an option for detached and semi-detached houses with at least three slanting sides for the roof. The cost of these conversions depends on complexity and is comparatively expensive, ranging between £30,000 to £65,000.

Mansard loft conversion: This is the most expensive conversion, involving the most complex process where the entire roof structure is changed. The conversion cost varies around £50,000 to £70,000.

Completed Loft Conversion South Ayrshire

Another completed loft conversion project to add to our portfolio

Queries on Loft Conversion

  • How much does a loft conversion cost?

 A loft conversion generally costs between £10,000 and £50,000. The primary factors influencing the cost include the size of the extension, your location, and the number of dormers.

  • Can neighbours stop your loft conversion?

In most cases, neighbors have no right to stop a loft conversion. However, they may be able to cause delays or create stress during the process. It’s advisable to maintain a good relationship with neighbors to minimize potential issues.

  • What is the duration of a loft conversion?

Typically, a loft conversion takes around four and a half weeks to complete. The duration depends on factors such as the size of the loft and the type of conversion being undertaken.

  • Is planning permission required for a loft conversion?

For most loft conversions, planning permission is not required, as the alterations fall within permitted development limits. However, if you plan to exceed these limits, then planning permission may be necessary.

Ayrshire Facts

  1. Ayrshire is a region of Scotland located on the west coast, with an overall population of approximately 367,000 people, split almost evenly between North, South, and East Ayrshire.
  2.  Ayrshire is home to one of Scotland’s main international airports, Glasgow Prestwick Airport, or simply Prestwick Airport. Prestwick Airport is the largest Scottish airport in terms of land area, although it has far less footfall than airports like Glasgow and Edinburgh. Ryanair uses Prestwick Airport as an operating base, and it is almost exclusively Ryanair planes that fly from there. Interestingly, Prestwick Airport is the only part of the United Kingdom that Elvis Presley ever set foot on when his plane stopped there to refuel in the 1960s.
  3. Ayrshire has been the birthplace of hundreds of famous and iconic Scots over the years, including Nobel Prize winner Sir Alexander Fleming, legendary Liverpool Football Club manager Bill Shankly, and, of course, the famous poet Robert “Rabbie” Burns, whose cottage is now a museum you can visit in Alloway, South Ayrshire.

Ayrshire Loft Conversion Service Area

We have installed loft conversions all over Ayrshire during the many years we have been trading in Scotland. We have completed work and continue to install loft conversions in Alloway, Annbank, Ardrossan, Arran, Ayr, Ayrshire, Ballantrae, Barr, Barrhill, Beith, Benslie, Blackwaterfoot, Bourtreehill, Brodick, Cladach, Colmonell, Coodham, Coylton, Crosshill, Cunninghamhead, Dailly, Dalry, Dreghorn, Dundonald, Dunure, East Ayrshire, Eglinton Country Park, Eglinton Tournament Bridge, Fairlie, Fergushill, Garrier Burn, Girdle Toll, Girvan, Glengarnock, Great Cumbrae, Irvine, Kilbirnie, Kilmarnock, Kilwinning, Lambroughton, Lamlash, Largs, Lendalfoot, Little Cumbrae, Loans, Maidens, Maybole, Millport, Monkton, Mossblown, Monkton, North Ayrshire, Old Dailly, Perceton, Pinmore, Pinwherry, Portencross, Prestwick, Saltcoats, Seamill, Skelmorlie, South Ayrshire, Springside, Stevenston, Straiton, Symington, Tarbolton, Troon, Turnberry West Kilbride, West Kilbride, Whiting Bay and all surrounding areas of Ayrshire.

 

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