If you’re starting to feel as though your home is fit to burst and you could do with a little extra space, moving isn’t always your only option! You may have some spare space in your home that could converted into another living area.
If you have a loft, a garage, a basement or enough room in the garden for an extension, you could be missing out on the opportunity to maximise your living space. So, which conversion or extension project is right for you, your family and your home?
Here’s a rundown of what each project consists of, what extensions and conversions could be used for and how we could help you to achieve that much-needed extra living space.
Do you have a loft in your home that you’ve barely used? Perhaps you have never even been up there…
These days, the loft in your home can be used for much more than simply storage space. If your loft meets certain requirements, it may be suitable for a loft conversion.
However, not every loft is suited to this sort of project. Before commissioning a loft conversion, there are certain things that you’ll need to consider carefully.
First off, how much space do you have in your loft? If you are looking to convert your loft into an extra living space, it’s important to consider the amount of headroom that your loft allows. In order for a loft conversion to be carried out and for your conversion to be used practically, there needs to be a good amount of room above you when you stand up straight within the loft.
Remember that you will not be able to use all of the space above your head once your loft is converted – it’s important to allow room for things such as insulation, fixtures and fittings and ceiling plastering, too.
You should also consider loft access when deciding if this is the right option for you. Do you have space on the landing below to erect some form of staircase so that you can get in and out of the loft easily?
If your loft meets all these requirements, however, this could be an excellent opportunity to add an extra bedroom or living space to your property.
Garage conversions are a fantastic way to make use of a space within your property that may otherwise go mostly unused. Due to their size and shape, they can be used for a variety of different things, such as creating a new living area, a home gym, home bar, playroom, etc.
You do have more options if your garage is attached directly to your home, perhaps built into the structure. However, even if this is not the case, you could still benefit from having a garage conversion.
Again, it’s important to consider the amount of space that you have within your garage, remembering to leave room for fixtures, fittings, plastering, etc.
It’s also worth considering whether or not your garage is simply better off as it is. If you use your garage for off-road parking and do not have a driveway, you may be best off leaving it as it is.
However, if you are confident that the extra space achieved by getting a garage conversion could benefit you more than this parking space, we’d certainly recommend getting a garage conversion completed on your property.
Basements and cellars may be slightly less common within homes in the UK these days, but they’re still a great opportunity for many homeowners to extend their living space. They’re also often easier to convert than lofts, thanks to the fact that basements often already have access staircases and ample space within them.
The only thing that we’d remember to consider when it comes to commissioning a basement conversion is whether or not the lack of natural light – as is the case with the majority of basements – would be a problem for you. Otherwise, a basement conversion is an excellent option for those looking to add some extra space!
An extension remains one of the most popular home improvement projects within the UK – and it’s easy to see why.
Extensions can be built onto one or two floors (depending on both existing structures and on planning permission) and can be used to create either an entirely new living space or to extend an existing area within your home – creating extra space within your kitchen, for example.
A two-storey extension offers even more possibilities, as there’s the potential to add one, two or even three extra living spaces – perhaps extra kitchen space on the ground floor, an extra bedroom upstairs and an extra bathroom somewhere.
How Can An Extension Or Conversion Be Used?
Extensions and conversions have a wide range of uses, including but not limited to:
- Extra bedrooms
- Extending living area
- Home office
- Home gym
- Bar/hang-out area
- Create an extra bathroom
- Utility space
…It really comes down to exactly whatever you want and need within your home.
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Here at CJS Roofing, we offer a wide range of building and roofing services, which we consistently work to complete to a high standard, carefully, professionally and with all projects tailored to the individual client.
If you live within the Stockport or South Manchester area and are looking to create some extra space within your home, why not get in touch with us today and find out how we could help you to further unlock your the potential within your property?