Improve and Add Value To Your Living Space with a Home Conversion
Do you have a room in your home which is cluttered or unused, and require additional space? If so, it might be time to think about converting that space into something new and functional.
We would all like a little extra space in our home without the hassle and expense of moving into a bigger property. One way in which you can achieve this is by maximising the space you currently own. Essentially, this means looking into how you currently use the rooms within your home and rethinking or changing them completely. Above all, it is important to create extra usable spaces in your home. Here at Cobbydale Construction Limited, we specialise in home conversions and transforming your house into the home of your dreams.
In this blog, we explore five of the most popular home conversions that can add real value to your home.
Depending on the type of house you own, you could convert your loft into an extra bedroom, office, or playroom. For the majority of cases when people undergo a loft conversion, you don’t have to move out while the work is going on which is an added bonus.
To start the process, you’ll need to measure the loft space and check if there is enough head space. It is important to make sure you can stand up comfortably. The next thing to consider before converting your loft, is how you’re going to access the new loft space. Do you add a staircase? But, a staircase could mean losing space from the floor below, so it’s always a good idea to check how this will affect your property’s layout. If there will be too much of a sacrifice to the space of existing rooms, or it creates an awkward shape, a loft conversion may not be a worthwhile investment for your home.
If your home can’t go wider, longer or higher and you don’t want the hassle of moving, then perhaps looking down is the way forward. There are two types of basement conversion: turning an existing basement into a usable living space, or excavating and building a new basement. The latter requires significantly more structural work. If you have an existing basement in your home or would like to build one, the first thing to consider is how you would use the space if you converted or built it. The functionality of the room will naturally affect the design, build and cost. You could use this extra living space for elderly parents or children, entertaining guests, additional office space or storage. Here at Cobbydale Construction, we specialise in all types of home conversions, from garages to kitchens and bathrooms.
Garages often become havens for clutter. An easy fix is to carry out a complete complete declutter and clearing out the mass of stuff taking up the use of that space. If you’re not too keen on this option, then perhaps it’s time to rethink the space and turn it into something completely new. There are many benefits to adapting your garage, and turning it into living space. To start with, you don’t have to sacrifice any garden space as you would if you were getting an extension, nor move out of your property while work is being carried out. Plus, a garage conversion causes minimal disruption to your home life.
Although garage conversions are a great way to make use of existing space, they do require careful planning and thought. Some things to think about include: how will converting a garage impact you and your family, as well as future buyers? Is there additional parking on your property if you take away the garage? Is your garden or loft big enough to hold the current garage storage? Also, it is worth checking if you need to get planning permission.
Open Plan Layout
Extensions and converted existing rooms are not the only way you can transform your home. You can also create fresh new spaces by removing inside walls to open up the space, or create a bigger room.
It is worth checking whether you need planning permission. Generally speaking, you do not need it for internal alterations which includes the removal of interior walls. However, planning permission and consent is needed if you own a listed building. One important point to consider is whether the wall(s) you would like to remove is load bearing or not. If it is, this also require permission and approval from your local council.
Convert Wasted Space
Do you have small, underused spaces in your home? This could be anything from a downstairs bathroom, ground level cloakroom, cupboard under the stairs, or cubbyhole. One of the great benefits of converting this existing small space into something that adds value and function is that it adds greater flexibility and convenience to your home.
Do you live in Silsden, Keighley, Bingley, Ilkley, Skipton and Baildon? If so, and you are looking for a builder to carry out a home conversion, why not contact us on 01535 653 530 or fill out our online contact form. We have a highly experienced team of builders, electricians and plumbers that can turn your unused space into whatever you like!