Loft conversions are becoming one of the most popular changes to make to a home. Almost all lofts are suitable for a conversion.
Although there may be some upheaval at the start, you could cut your bills substantially and get a great ROI if you do it right.
Even if your loft space isn’t substantial at the moment, changes can be made to make it so.
Bungalow loft conversions are especially sought after, as these types of conversions can help to turn a small space into a practical family home.
However, as this isn’t exactly a minor decision you’ll make for your home, it’s worth finding out everything you need to know first.
Read on for more information on getting your bungalow loft conversion started!
Do I Need Planning Permission For My Bungalow Loft Conversion?
Planning permission isn’t usually needed for a bungalow loft conversion. That being said, you may need to get planning permission depending on where you extend or alter the roof space, and if it exceeds the specified limits and conditions.
Although planning permission isn’t required for this conversion, building regulations approval is required to convert a loft or attic into a livable space.
These regulations make sure that the structural strength of the floor is enough, that there can be safe escape from a fire, and that the roof safety isn’t compromised, amongst other things.
A “livable space” is classed as when you intend to use the room as a normal part of your house, even if it’s a room that is used infrequently, like a spare room.
Every change you make to your bungalow to get ready for your conversion will need to be thought about carefully, planned out, and undertaken correctly in keeping with legislation requirements.
How Much Does it Cost to Convert The Loft of a Bungalow?
Converting the loft of a bungalow can vary depending on a number of factors. The cheapest it could start is around £15,000.
This will usually involve skylights, added insulation, a staircase to the loft, electrics, and fire safety measures.
Another option is to add dormer windows. This helps to increase floor space and can add head height, giving more options as to where you place the stairs This costs around £20,000.
If you’re looking at a dormer conversion with a double bedroom and en suite, you can expect to pay up to £45,000.
It all depends on how you envision your loft conversion and what you want the finished result to be.
How Long Does It Take to Build a Bungalow Loft?
Without knowing exactly what’s going on, it can be tough to say. However, when you take into account things like plumbing, electric, plastering, and stairs, it’ll take more than a few weeks to complete.
Dormer conversions with bathrooms and bedrooms can take 6-8 weeks from start to finish.
Will A Bungalow Loft Conversion Add Value To My Property?
Adding a loft conversion could add more than £42,000 to the value of an average properly.
You should expect similar results with a bungalow loft conversion, as it’s one of the most ways to turn a bungalow into a practical family home.
However, it will all depend on how well your conversion is carried out and what exactly you have done.
Bungalow Loft Conversion Ideas
Relaxing living space
You could simply use the loft conversion as a retreat in your home, creating a relaxing living space to spend time with your loved ones.
Many people choose to make their loft conversion a new bedroom. A loft conversion could become a nice master bedroom in your bungalow.
Loft conversions can even be used to add a new bathroom to your bungalow.
Different Types Of Loft Conversions For Bungalows:
● Velux Loft Conversion – a Velux conversion involves installing Velux windows to the front/rear elevation and does not alter the roofline. Works best when there’s headroom. Requires less construction work.
● Dormer Loft Conversion – adds an extension to your existing roof. Fairly fast process. Different sized dormer windows available.
● Mansard Loft Conversion – opens up the roof, making the most of the loft space. Incorporates windows in the form of small dormers. Nearly always require planning permission. Large changes in roof shape and structure. More work than other types, as they create far more living space.
● Hip To Gable Loft Conversion – changes a sloping or hipped roof to create a vertical gable end. Gives a much larger room to the property with more usable floor space. Rear dormers can be added. Removing the roof is required.
If you live in Essex and the surrounding areas, you can contact us to arrange a quote and we’d be happy to inspect your property and advise on the best loft conversion type.