When you love your home, but need more space, there are two main solutions to consider. Loft conversions and house extensions are the two most popular ways to extend your living space without having to move. If you’re looking at these options, you may be wondering which one is the better choice for you. Here are a few aspects to consider.
If you’re leaning towards choosing an extension, it’s worth considering how much extra space this will take up. There are several types of home extension, including side and rear, but these depend on how large an area you can sacrifice outside for a build around your home. For those with a smaller garden, a loft conversion is often the smarter choice, building upwards rather than reducing the outdoor area further. For homeowners who have a large garden, an extension is a great option.
When planning your build, realistically consider when you want to start using the new space. Perhaps you have another child on the way and require an extra bedroom. Or maybe you want to extend your kitchen by a certain deadline. Home extensions usually take longer on average to complete (10 to 12 weeks) when compared to loft conversions (5 to 8 weeks). Factor this into your planning as you may need to find some temporary solutions if you have a tight schedule or can’t commit to a 10 to 12 week project.
Purpose of the Room
What will you use the extra space for? Extensions can be larger and more open plan, whereas loft conversions may be limited by the amount of loft space available and the shape of the existing roof. It’s important to consider what you’ll be putting in each room, including furniture, fixtures and fittings. How much floor space and headroom will you require? Remember, a loft conversion will often have sloped areas depending on the roof angle, although these can be raised during the build. On the other hand, extensions aren’t confined by pre-built dimensions. Speak to the designer on your build team to get an expert opinion on what you can do with the space for its intended purpose.
Can You Have Both?
The answer is simple – yes! Many homeowners decide to complete both a loft conversion and extension at the same time. The benefit of this is saving the hassle of two separate projects if you think you’ll need more space in the future. You’ll also increase the value of your property and create more space. You can even consider a double storey extension.
Want a free quotation or to speak to a specialist for advice?
Here at Tiger Building Services, our experts have years of experience, producing beautiful loft conversions and home extensions across Surrey, London and Sussex. Therefore, if you’re deciding which project is ideal for your existing spaces, house layout and the intended use of the extra room, we’ll guide you through the process with ease. This includes advice regarding planning permission, costs and designs. If you live in Leatherhead, Morden or surrounding areas, get in touch to ask for a free, no obligation consultation and quotation now.