The time comes when your family begins to outgrow your home. It only takes one child that you were not expecting, and suddenly you have no room! This is the point where you start looking for a bigger house and considering putting yours on the market. But you love where you live, you have great neighbours in a pleasant location and the schools are close by and highly-rated. You really don’t want to move! The good news is you might not have to, as there may be the option of having your dormer loft converted into living space.
Many homeowners extend their homes is this way – and in many more ways such as ground floor extensions – but is your house suitable? And what exactly is a dormer lofty conversion? Most houses with standard roof-space and pitched roofs can be extended with a dormer conversion.
Essentially this is the addition of room with a window that stands out from the roof – you will have seen them on other homes – the adds not just floor space, but also headroom. The room is usually used as a bedroom but can also include a bathroom or be a playroom for children or a study. If you check out this article about the cost of a dormer loft conversion you’ll see it can be a cost-effective way of adding space and value to your home.
The downside is that you will need to relocate the water tanks and any other amenities in your loft space, and a good loft conversion expert will be able to advise you as to the most convenient and cost-effective way to do so.
Pitched Roof Conversions
There are many homes in the UK that have had extensions added – perhaps to create a bigger kitchen or other living space – that involve flat roofs. The flat roof is a cheap and simple solution to a basic extension and remains extremely popular. However, due to the way they are designed they do not last forever and may need replacement sooner than a traditional pitched roof. A flat roof will be designed with a slight slope to dissipate rainwater, but in heavy conditions water can pool on the roof as it is not cleared enough.
When it comes to replacing a flat roof, many homeowners are taking the opportunity to fit a new pitched roof. There are good reasons behind this – not least a pitched roof will deal with water far more effectively than a flat one, and will also look much more attractive and in keeping with the house – and it may not be as expensive as you believe. You can read more about pitched roofs and the reasons you may want to replace your old flat roof this way, as well as getting an idea of what it might cost.
We’ve given you plenty of food for thought in this article in terms of roofing and added space solutions, so why not check out dormer conversions and pitched roof replacements in more detail and add value to your home.