Onwards & upwards: should you be considering a loft conversion?

Onwards & upwards: should you be considering a loft conversion?

With house prices at a high more and more homeowners are looking for ways to gain space without having to up sticks and move. Although your immediate thoughts may be of tearing up the garden the back garden, why not preserve your outside area by extending upwards rather than outwards?

In many homes the loft is the chief culprit when it comes to the crime of unutilised space; lofts can make up as much as 30% of a property’s total area. Yet, in most homes this space is solely ventured into to retrieve or return the Christmas decorations. But, it doesn’t have to be this way — a loft conversion could transform your dusty old attic into the room (or rooms) of your dreams.

loft bedroom/home office combo

What you can do with a loft conversion

Whether your family are outgrowing your home or you simply find yourself longing for a bit more room. A loft conversion could be the right answer for you. As the rooms gained from a loft conversion are the highest in the house they tend to offer the best views — this means they make bedrooms that are the envy of the rest of the house, particularly if you include a Juliet balcony or feature window to really make the most of those views.

However, if you already have an ample amount bedrooms it’s just as simple to convert a loft into another room-type. How about turning your attic into a quiet retreat from the rest of the house? A home office? Or even a cinema room?

Planning permission

One of the wonderful things about extending into your loft is that in many cases a loft conversion will be considered ‘permitted development’ which means there is no need to apply for planning permission, speeding up the whole process. If a conversion in your case would require a planning application then fear not; with the Opun service if you want us to we'll take care of all of the relevant applications.

White bathroom with red feature wall in loft of property

Before you convert…

To get the most from transforming your loft, think about how you’d like to use the space, it's the little details which can make the biggest difference. Consider things like where you think it would be best to place the stairs. Don't worry if you're not sure about anything however; using the Opun loft conversion service our handpicked Trade Partners will be able to advise you on how you can get the very most from the space.

Turn your loft into the room of your dreams with Opun

Home improvements that don’t need Planning Permission

Home improvements that don’t need Planning Permission

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