If you are thinking of extending your home there are a number of things to consider before you decide on building up in the form of a Loft Conversion or building out in the form of a Ground Floor Extension.
- How much space do you have?
- What will the extension be used for?
- How will you get the most out of natural light in the extension?
- How will the new area interconnect with the house?
- Does the project fit into your long-term plans for the property?
- What are the costs involved?
A Loft Conversion is generally cheaper than extending your house at ground level. To ultimately decide which extension is best suited to your needs you also need to have a look at the size of your house, the layout of the area which you want to convert and the shape of your house. Do not forget to also take into consideration the type of roof you have.
When looking at a Loft Conversion always make sure that you have enough headroom available. You will also need to consider the placement of your staircase. If you are considering expanding your home at ground level you should look at the land area you have available for the renovations. A company will probably need to advise you on this. I recommend www.northlondonloft-conversions.co.uk.
Many people believe that a Loft Conversion can easily unbalance a house. The reasoning behind this thinking is that with a Loft Conversion you are simply adding a few extra rooms to your house whereas with an extension at ground level means you are adding living space to your current house. It is important to remember that you are extending your house to please others. You can use your extended space for any purpose.
If you are considering a Loft Conversion you may have to re-install your roof trusses, and this will cost more than you initially set out to pay. Similarly, if you would like to extend at ground level you may need to dig deeper foundations or breakout addition walls. This too will set you back more than you bargained for.
One of the biggest considerations to make before deciding whether a Loft Conversion or an extension at ground level is best for you is how your renovation will fit into your future plans. At a look at how the project will fit into your life once it is completed. Are you looking for more bedroom space? Then a Loft Conversion may be exactly what you need. Do you require an additional living area? Then maybe you should consider building out.
Ultimately the choice of building an extension at ground level or completing a Loft Conversion is completely up to you. Your ultimate goal should be adding value and balance to your house. Make sure that you consider all the factors before jumping into a costly building project. But, most of all once it is completed you need to ensure that the space you have available to you and your family, perfectly suites your needs.