Homeowners who make the decision to invest in getting a loft conversion for their property will do so for a multitude of reasons. As the space in the attic prior to a conversion is unusable for the daily rigours of family life, each type of loft extension looks to expand this space to make ir functional. There isn't really a right or wrong answer as to what to use the space for, however, we generally see four main uses. The functionality of each use will depend on the type of conversion you ultimately choose.
Most offices do not need to be excessively large as what is usually required is a space for a decent sized desk, laptop/desktop, cabinets and maybe a sofa (for when you need some time out!). Because of these requirements, the most cost effective type of loft conversion is the Velux conversion.
Bedroom (with ensuite)
Probably the most common use for a loft conversion in the UK, creating an extra bedroom, especially with an ensuite, is considered the most effective way to increase the value of your home. General requirements are sufficient space for the ensuite to contain at least a shower, enough headroom to comfortably get in and out of bed and decent storage facilities. The best types of loft conversions for this would be a dormer, hip to gable or mansard conversion.
The requirements for a playroom will differ considerably if its is meant for young children or adults. If it is for young children having enough storage for the toys and appropriate lighting is paramount, a cost effect type of conversion would be a Velux conversion. If you an adult, the requirements change and the amount of headroom becomes increasingly important. We would suggest a domer or hip to gable (if possible) as cost effective options.
Some homeowners may want to create an extra lounge at the roof of their home to take advantage of great views or split the home to have “adults zone” and “children's zone.” The most appropriate type of conversion would be hip to gable or mansard loft conversions as these can increase the amount of usable space in your loft considerably.
Of course this is not an exhaustive list, there are countless ways in which you can utilise your loft conversion. One thing to consider is making sure you get the right conversion to suit your needs, minimising the chance of overspending.
Do loft conversions add value to your home?