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What is a Loft Conversion?

A loft is defined as a broad and open space located directly under the roof, typically without any internal walls. Loft conversion is a technique used to transform an empty loft into a functional room, commonly utilized as an office, bedroom, or 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 factors why loft conversion makes sense.

  • Adding more living space

If your family is growing and you have limited space, a loft conversion is a practical solution. Extending the house is more expensive and obtaining planning permissions can be challenging. Loft conversion provides additional space quickly and with less stress.

  • Hike in the value of your home

Spending in a loft conversion can increase the value of your house around 10-25%. By the time you sell the property, you can expect a significant increase in the value of the property.

  • Set up a new bathroom

As your family expands, the demand for bathroom space increases. Converting a loft into a bathroom can be a wise choice to alleviate congestion and enjoy a peaceful 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, reducing stress and potential delays. In some instances, construction can be completed within a month.

  • Space for rent out

With rental demand high, converting the loft into a studio flat provides an opportunity for additional income. Within a few months of construction, it can be ready to rent out.

  • Improves natural light

Lofts are typically dark spaces, but adding new windows can make the area habitable and provide better views from your home.

Loft Conversions in Edinburgh

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

Loft Conversion Ideas

If you’re seeking loft conversion ideas to transform your loft into well-designed areas, there are several factors to consider before undertaking the project. Firstly, ensure that your loft is suitable for conversion. Assess your budget, room configuration, and positioning of windows. Check for any obstacles such as water tanks or chimney stacks that may need to be removed. Here are some loft conversion ideas:

  • Breakout into the peace-loving living room

Everyone enjoys spending quality time with family and friends in a cozy living room. Enhance your living space with a classic sofa and stylish decorative items to create a peaceful atmosphere.

  • Exhibit your brickwork

Leave one side of the wall unpainted to showcase the brickwork, providing a classy feature that complements slanted ceilings. If the bricks are not in perfect condition, consider using wallpaper to maintain the look.

  • Incorporate a spacious balcony

Transforming a loft into a master bedroom with a balcony can add a soothing touch to your home. A balcony ensures proper lighting and makes the room appear even more spacious.

  • Convert a loft into kid zone

 A narrow loft is perfect for a children’s room. While it may not fit a master bedroom, it can accommodate a small bed with cute accessories and storage space, creating an ideal children’s room.

  • Maximize Daylight into your loft

Increasing natural light in the room can make it appear more spacious. Consider the positioning of windows to allow for maximum daylight. For instance, long windows spaced evenly work well in shallow rooms, while larger windows are suitable for deeper rooms.

  • Turn your loft to an activity room

A loft is perfect for games or hobbies room. It can be transformed into a home cinema room. However, a music or cinema room requires different lighting conditions, so the interior of the loft should be done accordingly.

Loft Conversion installed in Edinburgh

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, and choosing the right one depends on factors such as the shape of the roof, the age of the house, your budget, and your approved development rights. Let’s take a look at each type:

The four main types of loft conversion are as follows:

Roof light loft conversion

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

Pros:

  • Approximately 25% cheaper and less disruptive than other types of conversions.
  • Likely to be permitted in conservative areas.

Cons:

  • Requires a minimum headroom of 2.25m, necessitating a larger roof space.
  • It doesn’t provide more useful space.
  • Planning permissions may be necessary if windows are installed at the front.

Dormer loft Conversion

This is the most popular type, especially the simple flat-roof dormers, suitable for most houses with sloping roofs. It involves minimal structural changes

Pros:

  • Adds useful headroom to cramped lofts.t.
  • It provides better light and air passage.
  • Suitable for most home styles in the U.K.
  • Affordable compared to other options.

Cons:

  • Aesthetically unpleasing structure.

Mansard Loft Conversion

This involves raising the shared walls between your neighbors, resulting in flat roofs with altered angles. It provides significant extra space but is more expensive.

 

Pros:

  • More aesthetically pleasing than dormer conversions.
  • Allow more light to your loft.
  • Integrates well with former properties.
  • It provides more headroom than other loft conversions.

Cons:               

  • Planning permissions are usually required.
  • Longer construction time.
  • More expensive than other types of conversions.

Hip to Gable Loft Conversion

This involves arranging an inwardly oblique roof to form a vertical wall, making a significant difference to the living area inside. It’s a popular choice for home renovations.

 Pros:

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

Cons:

  • More expensive than dormer conversions.
  • Not suitable for mid-terrace houses.

Dormer Loft Conversion Edinburgh

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%.

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

Adding a loft roomIf there is sufficient 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 where there are 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 in which the entire roof structure is changed. The conversion cost varies around £50,000 to £70,000.

Completed Loft Conversion Edinburgh

Another completed loft conversion project to add to our portfolio

Queries on Loft Conversion

  • What is the price of a loft conversion?

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

  • Do neighbors have the ability to halt 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.

  • How long does a loft conversion take?

Typically, it takes about four and a half weeks to complete a loft conversion. The duration depends on the size of the loft and the type of loft conversion being undertaken.

  • Do you need planning permission for a loft conversion?

For most loft conversions, planning permission is not needed as the alterations fall within permitted development limits. However, if you plan to exceed these limits, then planning permission may be necessary.Do you need planning permission for a loft conversion?

Areas Of Scotland We Convert Lofts

Home Conversion Scotland (Ayrshire)

1b Beith Road, 
Lugton, 
Kilmarnock, 
KA3 4ED
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Home Conversion Scotland (Glasgow)

24 Sandyford Place,
Glasgow,
G3 7NG
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Home Conversion Scotland (Edinburgh)

101 Rose Street,
South Lane,
Edinburgh,
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