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5 Fantastic Leicester Loft Conversion Plans to Make the Most of Your Home

With an uncertain economy and a Leicester housing market in which prices are rising faster than in any other major UK city, many people are putting loft conversion plans into action. Rather than having to push yourself out of your financial comfort zone to buy a new house with an extra bathroom, bedroom, playroom or whatever it is you want, try using the unused room in your current place to better effect. 

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The process of bringing your loft conversion plans to reality is relatively straightforward and great value for money, as you can see from our handy loft conversion guide. But what sort of room should you create up in the attic? Here are some fantastic Leicester loft conversion ideas that really make the most of your home.   

The Master Bedroom of Your Dreams

When you move into a house, you can only do so much with the shell you inherit. However, a loft conversion gives you the opportunity to build your master bedroom from scratch. The place where you relax and recharge your batteries is so important, you deserve to have it created to your exacting standards.

It could be the interior design that is important to you, or perhaps you simply want that extra elevation to make the most of your view of the rolling Leicestershire countryside. Lifting the master bedroom up a storey can mean you are greeted every morning with a calming and inspiring view to really get you going for the day. 

Perhaps you’ve always dreamed of having a walk-in wardrobe, wall-sized projector screen, ensuite bathroom or maybe all three!   

Create a Luxurious Bathroom 

The bathroom is another great place to relax, soaking in bubbles as you wash away the stresses of the day. The trouble with some houses is that they have tried so hard to maximise the size of the bedrooms, that the bathroom is cramped and claustrophobic. 

With a sprawling, luxurious bathroom as part of your loft conversion plans, you can put that right. You could choose the most stunning free-standing bath you can find to become the centrepiece of the new bathroom, or perhaps add in a jacuzzi or large, powerful shower cubicle. Then you can sprinkle with extras like his ‘n’ hers sinks, heated towel rails and the like.  

Home Office

Sick of traffic jams when heading into Leicester for work? Had enough of squeezing into an East Midlands train to commute around the county? Flexible working is becoming more popular with employers and employees, meaning it may be possible to work from home. 

Of course, trying to complete your daily tasks on the kitchen table with the kids, dog and postman bothering you every few minutes might not help your productivity, but having your own bespoke home office in the loft conversion could be the answer. 

A quiet haven away from the chaos with a door to shut out distractions is an excellent way of diving into the world of working from home. And the best thing is that your commute goes from a 45-minute battle to a ten second skip up the stairs to your oasis of calm. This is an increasingly popular loft conversion plan. 

Granny Flat

As the population lives longer, caring for the elderly is an ever more important topic of conversation. You may have a mum or dad who don’t want to run their own household any more, but still want a level of independence. 

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A granny flat is a perfect solution. The relative is close by and can benefit from being with the rest of the family, but they also get to have their own space away from the hubbub of day to day life if they wish for some quiet time. It is a more cost-effective course of action than looking at serviced accommodation and there’s always someone there to babysit if you and the other half fancy a night out. 

If your relative is not as mobile as they used to be, an alternative is to move your master bedroom up into the loft, leaving a room at a lower level for them to live in. 

Family Entertainment Room

Is your front room cluttered up with toys? Are there arguments over control of the remote control? Has your Leicester City memorabilia collection taken over the house? An entertainment room is a really effective use for a loft conversion. 

Whether it is a place to send the kids to make all the noise they want, well away from the telly, or it becomes a kind of home cinema where you relax with the family on bean bags and munch popcorn whilst you watch films, an entertainment room has so much potential. 

It could house your hobbies or your collections and free up space in the rest of the house. 

Talk to the Leicester Loft Conversion Experts

Do you have some loft conversion plans swimming around your mind? Talk to the Leicester loft conversion experts, Beeby Construction Services. From our Leicestershire base, we can travel across the Midlands to help you turn your attic into something really special. Our loft conversions add value to homes and enrich lives across the area.

Contact us today for a free quote, either through this site or by calling 01530 610527.

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Budget and Planning

You’ve decided that a loft conversion is the thing for you and want to press ahead. Where would you start?

If you talk to a professional you’re going to need an idea of cost and a few of the other things you might need to budget for. After all, nobody wants to go in completely blind to a project that is as important to their quality of life as this.

You can’t do it alone either, so remember to think about the people you might need to involve in you project.

Architect

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You’ll need someone to come up with a concept for you. Some builders may do this, or you may feel you want the professional touch from the off.

They can also advise as to the latest developments in the field and add those little touches that make your conversion above the norm.

Planning Department

Do not forget to involve your local planning department. Most loft conversions will be granted quickly, there will be little to stop it going ahead as you’re merely altering the existing building.

What if you’re in a conservation area though? It costs around £170 to apply for planning permission, but in doing so you can have complete peace of mind that everything you’re doing is legal and above board.

Building Inspector / Building Control

It is crucial to remember that planning and the building inspector are not necessarily the same thing. You may have permission to commence your conversion, but what of the extra consideration.

You will need to take extra consideration to fire safety, insulation and the like.

Also, if your loft adjoins another property there may be partition walls to consider.

Loft Conversion Budget

How much will you really need to do your conversion? After all, weighing up the benefits is only possible if you’re in complete understanding of what the initial cost is going to be.

It is thought that in most instances your conversion will cost in the region of £1,000 per square metre. This is usually the case if you have a water tight building in a good state of repair.

Design shouldn’t be excessive either, somewhere between £1,500 and £3,500 would represented good money. In addition to the planning costs of around £170, there’s also the cost of siding off the project, usually around £400 in the UK.

These costs may be included in your quote from your builder, so it is worth speaking to him in depth at the start of the project.

A standard single space conversion usually comes in somewhere between £22,000 and £35,000 if its to have a dorma window, cupboards in the eaves and en suites bathroom etc.

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5 Top Benefits of Loft and Garage Conversions

Aside from the boosted living space, we understand that the positives of a loft or garage conversion aren’t always obvious. In this article, we’re going to take you through the top 5 benefits that you can reap from converting your unused space into something more practical. Read on to find out more.

1) Boosted house value

If you own the home that you’re living in or are still in the process of paying it off, a garage or loft conversion will add a serious chunk to your house value.

When the time comes to sell, you’ll be able to set the asking price significantly higher than it currently is, because you’ve got an additional room or two to offer to potential buyers. In most instances, you’ll be looking at a 20% price increase, which is a lot of money regardless of the current size of your property.

2) More space

If you’ve done it before, you’ll be more than aware that, while exciting, moving house is a massive hassle.

By converting your loft or garage, you’ll add much-needed space to your home that’ll give you some extra room to breathe – especially if you’ve got young children.

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3) Reduce the need to upsize

Some of us love the family homes that we grow up in and are reluctant to move when the space gets too small. With loft and garage conversions, you can put wasted space to use and reduce the need to upsize to a new property.

If you’ve got a young family, this will save uprooting them to move to a new area, too. They’ll love being able to stay in the home they grew up in for longer, as well as not having to face the risk of potentially moving schools.

4) Boost your energy efficiency

No matter which way you look at it, climate change is happening and we’ve all got to do our part to reduce its impact. On the plus side, this will also help to save you money.

If you’ve got an older property, the chances are that the insulation isn’t as good as it could be. By converting your loft and garage space into extra rooms, you’ll be able to reduce your energy wastage and increase the savings you’ll make as a result. On top of that, you’ll end up with extra living space that you can repurpose as you see fit.

5) Make working from home easier

With the increased flexibility that employers are offering their staff, it’s getting more and more common for people to work from home for part or all of the week.

By getting a loft or garage conversion, you’ll be able to create a dedicated living space that you can use as a home office. A home office that’s separate from everything else will ensure that you can keep work life and family life separate.If you’re interested in learning more about how a loft or garage conversion could work for you, get in touch with our friendly team today.

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