Loft Conversion, Basement Conversion or Garage Conversion?
Welcome to Loft and Basement Conversions Online the internet guide to having a house conversion. If you require useful guidance and help on costs, planning applications, building regulations and general advice on having a Loft Conversion, Basement Conversion or a Garage Conversion then hopefully we will be able to provide some answers. Afterall, why should you need to move out when you can move up and convert your loft, down and convert your basement or sideways to convert your garage into an extra room.
If you are considering converting your Loft then there are several types of Loft Conversions available, they are the Velux Loft Conversion, the Dormer Loft Conversion, the Mansard loft Conversion and the
Hip To Gable Loft Conversion, further details of these can be found in the Loft Conversion section of this site.
If you are
having a Basement Conversion or even converting your Garage into a more useful space then your living space could be increased to accomodate a new Study/Office, Gym, Bathroom, Playroom, Bedroom or even a home Cinema with the added benefit that the conversion cost involved would be at a fraction of the cost associated with moving house.
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A Loft conversion or a Basement conversion is becoming more popular due to the uncertainty over house prices, mortgage rates and the high hidden costs of moving (solicitors fees, estate agents fees etc). Many people choose to have a conversion because they would like more space but enjoy the house or area that they live in. Garage Conversions are also becoming popular with more and more people prefering to change a garage's purpose from that of storing a car to one of providing another useful linving space. For more information and advice visit the following sections within our site Loft Conversions, Basement Conversions and Garage Conversions.
With a loft conversion, the space can be used for bedrooms, studies or bathrooms, it is therefore important to have a good heating system in place and put the right kind of insulation in. Information and advice about whether or not your loft is suitable for a conversion can be found in the Loft Conversion section of this site. There are different types of Loft conversions and these are just some of the main ones:
- the Velux Loft Conversion,
- the Dormer Loft Conversion
- the Mansard Loft Conversion
- the Hip To Gable Loft Conversion
So, whether you are interested in having a Terraced House Loft Conversion, Semi Detached or Detached House Loft Conversion, or even a Loft Conversion on a Bungalow there will be a Loft Conversion that can be designed to suit your needs.
The space in a loft or attic can be as much as 30% of the total floor area of the home. It usually only contains a cold water storage cistern and chimney stack. In almost all cases it is wasted space that can be turned into habitable space. If the loft/attic is used for storage there is no need to lose all of this storage space as some loft/attic space can be retained. As the main fabric of the building is already there, a loft conversion or cellar conversion is often cheaper than extending your home outwards (loft conversion costs can vary between £8000 and £25000 on average). The Loft Conversion could also increase the value of your home by 10% to 20%, as shown in the article 'do they add value'.
In addition you often do not need planning permission for a loft conversion. For more information about planning and building regulations see our Planning page in this section and Council Links in the main planning section.
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Many people find, when they get a loft or a basement conversion, that they don't have the furniture to put in it. Bedrooms are a good way to increase the amount of places to sleep and have guests over.
Basement Conversions are now increasingly being looked at as another alternative to moving. Basements are close enough to the ground floor area to be converted and used as playrooms, living rooms, kitchens or accommodation for relatives. With the demands of modern lifestyles, basements are increasingly being turned into leisure areas with home cinemas, pool and table tennis tables, home gyms or even swimming pools. You can also create an independent entrance or exit out into the back garden from the basement.
A basement conversion is more straightforward if there is an existing cellar, but this is not always necesssary and an extra room can often be built even when there is no existing basement. Further details and advice about waterproofing a basement and converting it can be found within the Basement Conversion section of this website.
Garage Conversions are also becoming increasingly popular with more and more people prefering to change a garage's purpose from that of storing a car to one of providing another useful living space. Houses with a double garage have the option of retaining one for the use of a car and the other as an extra new room.
The most common use of a Garage Conversion is for a new study area whether it be for the business dealings of the parent working from home or the children having a dedicated place to study homework. Other uses are a playroom, ground floor bedroom, separate dining room (especially if the house has a lounge/dinning room) or an annex for use with an elderly relative.
Further information can be found in the Garage Conversion section of this site.