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Loft Conversion South Lanarkshire

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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, In Scotland, obtaining planning permission for a loft conversion is often more stringent. A loft can be transformed into a bedroom, bathroom, or various other living spaces.

If you have a smaller budget or certain design ideas less suitable for a loft space, you might want to consider a garage conversion or garden room.

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Our team has overseen dozens of loft conversions and hundreds of other home improvements, providing experience and expertise to complete your project with ease.

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Although our partner installers are a local business, they have more than one team to assist with your build, with a track record of completing loft conversions in four to eight weeks.

Benefits Of A Loft Conversion

A common question that arises is, “Why convert my loft?” Everyone has their reasons for transforming their loft into an additional living space in their home. Although it requires significant planning and budget, here are some factors why converting your loft makes sense.

If your family is growing and you have limited space to accommodate them, a loft conversion is the best solution. Extending the house is more expensive and obtaining planning permissions can be challenging. A loft conversion provides additional space in the home quickly and with less stress.

Investing in a loft conversion can increase the value of your house by up to 15%. By the time you sell your property, you can expect a significant increase in its value.

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

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

In most cases, planning permission is not required for a loft conversion, making it less stressful. In some cases, it can be needed and awarded in around one month.

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

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Loft Conversion and Bungalow Extension in Bearsden, Glasgow

Please take a look at the gallery above, showcasing a bungalow extension and loft conversion we completed in Bearsden, East Dunbartonshire in 2019.

This conversion includes a rear extension and internal alterations to the house, along with a full conversion of the loft. The new loft section of the home now extends above the new extension part, along with dormers.

On the ground floor extension, we designed and installed an open-plan kitchen dining room with a utility area, as well as a bedroom featuring a large fitted walk-in wardrobe.

Upstairs, which is now the new loft conversion area, we installed 3 bedrooms, a bathroom, and a storage room. All rooms in the loft conversion have Velux windows and other windows to maximise natural light.

Strategic placement of the new stairs allowed us to optimise the layout to its fullest potential.

 

Loft Conversions in South Lanarkshire

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

Loft Conversion Ideas

Looking for loft conversion ideas to transform your loft into well-designed areas? Before you undertake a loft conversion, there are some things to consider. Firstly, ensure that your loft is suitable for conversion. Consider your budget, room configuration, and window positioning. Check for any obstacles such as water tanks or chimney stacks that need to be removed. Here are some loft conversion ideas:

  • Create a peaceful living room where you can spend quality family time and entertain friends. Add beauty to your living space with a classic sofa and stylish decorations.
  • Showcase your brickwork by leaving one side of the wall unpainted. Displaying your brickwork can provide a classy feature wall that complements high ceilings. If the bricks are not in perfect condition, consider using wallpaper to maintain the look.
  • Incorporate a spacious balcony or a master bedroom that opens out onto a balcony. A balcony ensures proper lighting for the room and makes it feel even more spacious.
  • Transform your loft into a kid’s play area. A narrow loft may not fit a master bedroom but can make a great play space. A room with a small bed, accessories, and storage space would suffice as a children’s bedroom.
  • Maximize daylight in your loft by bringing in natural light. Consider the positioning of windows to provide maximum daylight. For example, a shallow room is perfect for long windows spaced evenly, while a deeper room benefits from larger windows.
  • Turn your loft into an activity room, such as a games or hobbies room. It can even be transformed into a home cinema! However, a music studio or cinema room requires different lighting, soundproofing, and conditions to minimize disruption to the rest of your home.

Loft Conversion installed in South Lanarkshire

This loft conversion was for an extra bedroom for a family in South Lanarkshire

Types of Loft Conversion

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

The four main types of loft conversion are as follows:

Roof light loft conversion

This type involves adding skylight windows and laying appropriate flooring to transform the space into a habitable living area.

Pros:

  • About 25% cheaper and less disruptive than other conversion types.
  • More likely to be permitted in conservative areas.

Cons:

  • Requires a minimum head height of 2.25m, necessitating a larger roof space.
  • It doesn’t provide more useful space.
  • Planning permissions are required if windows are added at the front.

Dormer loft Conversion

Dormer loft conversions, particularly simple flat-roof dormers, are the most popular type and are suitable for most houses with sloping roofs. This type of extension requires minimal structural changes.

Pros:

  • Adds useful headroom to a cramped loft.
  • It provides better light and air passage.
  • Suitable for most home styles in the UK.
  • Affordable compared to other options.

Cons:

  • Can have an aesthetically unpleasing appearance.

Mansard Loft Conversion

A mansard loft conversion is built by raising the shared walls between your neighbor. The roofs are flat but will alter the roof angle. These are an expensive type of loft conversion however provides an extra amount of space. This type of loft conversion is suitable for terraced houses, semi-detached or detached houses.

Pros:

  • Aesthetically pleasing appearance compared to dormers.
  • Allow more light to your loft.
  • Integrates well into former properties.
  • Provides more headroom than other loft conversions.

Cons:               

  • Planning permissions are often required.
  • Longer construction time.
  • More expensive than other types of conversion..

Hip to Gable Loft Conversion

This type involves modifying the roof by creating a vertical wall, resulting in a larger living area inside. It is a popular method for home renovations.

 Pros:

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

Cons:

  • More expensive than a dormer loft conversion.
  • Not suitable for mid-terrace houses.

Dormer Loft Conversion South Lanarkshire

Dormer loft conversions are the most common lofts type in South Lanarkshire

Loft Conversion Cost

A loft conversion is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to save and improve the space or square footage of your home. The cost of a loft conversion depends on the floor area, structural requirements, and access. Loft conversions are often less expensive than house extensions and can increase your house value by up to 15%.

A standard loft conversion cost in Scotland starts from £15,000 and can range anywhere up to £70,000. The cost of your loft conversion varies depending on the size of your property and the style of loft conversion you select. Here are the approximate costs of different types of loft conversions:

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), it involves only adding the staircase, insulation, lights, floor, and decorations. This is the cheapest way which generally costs anywhere between £15,000 to £25,000.

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

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

Mansard loft conversion: This is the most expensive conversion and involves the most complex installation process in which the entire roof structure is changed. The cost for Mansard loft conversions varies from as high as £50,000 to £70,000.

Completed Loft Conversion in South Lanarkshire

Another completed loft conversion project to add to our portfolio

Queries on Loft Conversion

  • How much does a loft conversion cost in Scotland?

A loft conversion in Scotland generally costs between £15,000 and £70,000. The major factors determining the cost are the size of the extension, your locality, and the number of dormers.

  • Can neighbours stop your loft conversion?

Most of the time, neighbours have no right to stop a loft conversion. However, sometimes they may cause delays or require extra paperwork and red tape to proceed. Therefore, it’s better to keep neighbours informed to reduce any potential issues.

  • What is the duration of a loft conversion?

Typically, it takes about four to eight weeks to complete a loft conversion, depending on the design. The duration depends on the size of the loft and the type of roof space.

  • Is planning permission required for a loft conversion in Scotland?

For most loft conversions, planning permission is not required as the alterations are within your property’s permissible limits. However, if you plan to exceed these limits or in certain circumstances, you will require planning permission.

Areas Of Scotland We Convert Lofts

Home Conversion Scotland (Ayrshire)

1b Beith Road, 
Lugton, 
Kilmarnock, 
KA3 4ED
01563 599991

Home Conversion Scotland (Glasgow)

24 Sandyford Place,
Glasgow,
G3 7NG
0141 280 6755

Home Conversion Scotland (Edinburgh)

101 Rose Street,
South Lane,
Edinburgh,
EH2 3JG
0131 202 2943
 
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