If you need more space or just fancy a change, there’s no need to sell up – why not extend? Lawrence Rankin, CEO of property building and renovation platform NuVuw shares his advice
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A loft conversion could increase the value of your home by as much as 20%. With minimal disruption, you can create space for an extra bedroom or bathroom. Most loft conversions can be completed within permitted development as long as there are no changes to the roof profile, you follow building regulations and you are not in a conservation area. Your loft height will need to measure at least 2.3m to be suitable.
For a bedroom, ensure you will be able to easily move around. For a bathroom, make sure your existing boiler will be able to cope with the extra pressure to feed hot and cold water up an extra level, as well as any additional support you may need for a fully filled bath. Consider Velux-style windows that follow the profile of the roof, as opposed to Dormer windows, which will probably require planning permission. Bear in mind that accessing the loft may require you to take some space from another room, and remember that you will need to upgrade your insulation, too.
There are typically three types of extension: a rear extension covers the full width of the back of the property; a side return extension makes use of the often-unused area to the side; and a. wrapped extension runs along the side elevation and the back. The most common extension is a single storey to the rear of the home. With many older properties comprising individual rooms, this can combine areas (such as a kitchen and dining room) to offer a more light-filled and open-plan space that’s better suited to the homeowners’ personalities and living requirements.
Many extensions will fall within permitted development rules as long as the size complies with the regulations, which can be found at planningportal.co.uk. Engaging an architect early in the design process will ensure your extension performs as expected and, when you are looking to reconfigure rooms or remove walls, you will
also need a structural engineer. Blending period with a modern twist continues to be popular, with the use of bi-fold doors and, more recently, invisible frame sliding doors that will open up the space to allow for an indoor-outdoor living feel.
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