Do you need an extra bedroom? Or more in-built office space after Covid-19? No matter the reason, there is no harm in knowing the potential solutions and the cost they come with. One such effective way out is loft conversion, which can add a great amount of space and value to your existing property. Our guide will take you through our familiar methods that can hugely impact your life.

It is one of the most recommended methods by experts which can not just fit a decent ensuite, but also boosts your house price by 15% according to the What Mortgage. Many growing families in the past have looked up to loft conversion as a smart saviour and it has attracted more prospective buyers than ever before. Though the extension is subjective based on an individual’s need, it can vary from house to house.

What are the types and which one suits you the best?

This is the most important part of the extension as it can decide how good or bad your experience can be. Though there is no good number to limit the possible extension, we will try to acknowledge the most common ones to give you some idea.

1) Loft Conversion with Roof Terrace: The most common conversions are with a bedroom that opens up into a large and open roof terrace. It can be a second backyard to your property, but with a better view. The price is comparatively less as we keep the space to minimum touch. But, you can definitely ask us to customise the terrace and room accordingly.

2) Loft Conversion with Pod Room: For those who need maximum rooms, we suggest them with this sort of extension where you have a double bedroom and a podroom that can either be your storage, office space or extended living area. It comes with a bit more money but also boosts your house price impressively.

3) Loft Conversion with Skylight: Skylights are a great source of natural light and a way to cost-effective conversions as it requires less construction cost and covers a good amount of the roof. It leaves a brighter, larger and prettier room that can serve a thousand additional purposes.

4) Double Mansard: You can completely transform your loft room into a large double bedroom by extending it in both front and rear direction. The room looks extremely spacious and probably larger than the standard rooms we have. There are variations in this process which entirely depends on the roof structure. You can find yours out in the free counselling sessions provided by our experts.

5) Dormer Extension: The best part of this form is that it doesn’t take up any of your home’s exterior space and will cause minimum amendment to the way your house looks. We create a box shaped structure onto a pitched roof to expand the headspace and make it more liveable. It comes with variations like others, which our experts can explain better during counselling.


What are the requirements for a loft extension?

The building process is quite non intrusive with most of the access done via scaffold, but there are few things to consider before you think of an extension. There should be a minimum of 2.2 metres of head space for a conversion to be suitable in general and by the council. Apart from that, an easier roof structure and obstacle free slopes would save you more money.

What’s the budget and how can you reduce it?

Being subjective, a loft conversion can range anywhere between £18,000 to £40,000 depending upon the size and type. The most basic double bedroom extension would be the cheapest option (less than £25k) otherwise, an additional ensuite (standard dormer) can take the cost a bit higher.

There are plenty of cost-effective ways to consider before approaching an extension project. Even small details can end up making the bill lighter, for instance, installing skylights can cut you some building money and maximise light. Other times, a spacious loft can make our work much easier and quicker, hence, cheaper.

What will be your responsibility with us?

At Good Design & Build, we make sure that our client has to bother the least with our assistance. Therefore, we offer one stop service from taking council permission, building regulations’ approval, managing application, designing technical bits to completing structural calculations.

Author: Amol

Amol is an architectural designer and has worked on hundreds of residential projects in London since 2008.Having done his M.Arch from the Glasgow School of Arts he gained valuable experience in London working in the construction industry managing high-end residential projects, before founding Good Design and Build in 2015.You will meet him for initial consultation and work closely with him during all stages of your project