Loft Conversion Scotland
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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 pops up is that why convert a loft? Everybody has their reason to convert the loft into a habitual space in their houses. Although it demands a significant budget, there are many factors why conversion of loft make sense.
- Adding more living space
If your family is growing and you have less space to accommodate in, a loft conversion is the best thing to do. Extending the house is much more expensive and tough to get permissions for planning. The loft conversion provides space in the home quickly and it is less stressful also.
- 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 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 the loft conversion, making it less stressful. In some cases, it can be constructed around one month.
- Space for rent out
As the rents are at its 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 Conversion and Bungalow Extension in Bearsden, Glasgow
Please see the gallery above which showcases a bungalow extension and loft conversion we installed in Bearsden, East Dunbartonshire last year. (2019)
This conversion comprises of a rear extension, internal alterations to the house with a full conversion of the loft. This new loft section of the home now extends above the new extension part, plus dormers.
On the ground floor extension, we designed and fitted an open plan kitchen dining room with a utility area and a bedroom which includes a large fitted walk-in wardrobe.
For the upstairs which is now the new loft conversion area we installed 3 bedrooms, a bathroom, and a storage room. All the rooms in the loft conversion have Velux windows and other as well as other windows allowing for the maximum amount of light possible to enter each room.
Clever positioning of the new stairs allowed the layout to be maximised to its full potential.
Loft Conversions in Scotland
Bedrooms, Gym, Kids Play Area, Spare Bathrooms & More
Loft Conversion Ideas
Looking out loft conversion ideas to transform the loft into well-designed areas? Before you undertake loft conversion, there are some things to be taken into considerations. Firstly, ensure that your loft is suitable for conversion. Look into your budget, configuration of the room, positioning of windows. Check if there are any obstacles like water tank, chimney stack that should be removed. Some of the loft conversion ideas are displayed below:
- 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
Leaving one side of the wall unpainted, display your brickwork to provide a classy feature that goes well with slanding ceilings. If bricks are not in perfect condition, there are a variety of wallpaper to maintain the look.
- Incorporate a spacious balcony
A master bedroom that opens out to a balcony, how soothing is it? A balcony ensures proper lighting to the room and the room looks even more spacious.
- Convert a loft into kid zone
A narrow loft is perfect for the kid’s room. As it is narrow, it could not fit a master bedroom. A room that fits a small bed with cute accessories and small storage space would sum up to a fine children’s room.
- Maximize Daylight into your loft
Bringing more natural light to the room makes it look spacious. The positioning of windows should be considered to provide maximum daylight. For example, a shallow room is perfect with long windows spaced evenly, while a deeper room goes well with larger windows.
- 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 Stirling
This loft conversion was for an extra bedroom for a family in Stirling
Types of Loft Conversion
There are basically four types of the loft conversion. In order to make decisions on what type of loft suites you well, the shape of roofs, age of the house, your budget and your approved development rights should be taken into account.
The four main types of loft conversion are as follows:
Roof light loft conversion
A roof light loft conversion is the one in which you add skylight windows and lay down appropriate flooring to transform into a habitual living space.
- About 25% cheaper and least disruptive than other conversion types.
- Most likely to be allowed in conservative areas.
- 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 one, particularly, the simple flat-roof dormers. They are suitable for most of the houses with slanting roofs. This type of extension doesn’t require huge changes.
- 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.
- Aesthetically unpleasing structure.
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.
- 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.
- 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 arranges an inwardly oblique roof to form a vertical wall. This minor modification can make a large difference to the living area inside. It is one of the popular method for home renovations.
- Aesthetically pleasing appearance.
- Perfect for chalets and bungalows.
- Expensive than a domer loft conversion.
- Not suitable for mid-terrace houses.
Dormer Loft Conversion Scotland
Dormer loft conversions are the most common lofts in Scotland
Loft Conversion Cost
A loft conversion is one of the easiest and cheapest way to save and improve space or square footage of your home. The cost for Loft conversion depends on the area of the floor, structural requirements and access. A loft conversion is way cheaper than house extensions. It can increase your house value by atleast 15%.
A standard loft conversion cost may start from £10,000 and varies depending on the size of the property and the style of loft conversion you select. The cost of different types of conversion 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), it involves only adding the staircase, insulation, lights, floor, and decorations. This is the cheapest way which generally costs around £10,000 to £25,000.
Dormer loft conversion: This is an extension of the existing roof by building walls and windows. This conversion is suitable for most terraced houses. The average cost for this conversion comes around £25,000 to £50,000.
Hip to Gable conversions: This conversion is an option for the detached and the semi-detached houses where there are at least three slanting sides for the roof. The cost of these conversions depend on the complexity and are comparatively expensive. The cost for Hip to gable conversion varies between £30,000 to £65,000.
Mansard loft conversion: This is the most expensive conversion and it involves 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 in Scotland
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 from £10,000 – £50,000. The major factor determining the cost is the size of the extension, your locality and the number of dormers.
- Can neighbours stop your loft conversion?
Mostly, neighbours have no right to stop loft conversion. However, they can delay or cause stress on the way. So, it’s better to keep neighbours on your side to reduce related troubles.
- What is the duration of a loft conversion?
Typically, it takes about four and a half weeks to complete loft conversion. It depends on the size of the loft and the type of loft conversion.
- Is planning permission required for a loft conversion?
For most of the loft conversions, planning permissions are not needed as the alteration is done within your permissible limits. However, if you plan to exceed the limits, then you require planning permissions.
Areas Of Scotland We Convert Lofts
We install loft conversions across Scotland including the likes of Argyll & Bute, Ayrshire, Clackmannanshire, Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, Falkirk, Fife, Greenock & Inverclyde, Lanarkshire, Perth & Kinross, Stirling, The Borders and West Lothian.