With a volatile housing market and the often exorbitant costs of moving, more people than ever are embracing the mantra ‘don’t move, improve’, and discovering extension ideas such as loft, basement conversions and side returns can give their homes a whole new dimension, and a serious boost in value.
Which kind of extension you go for depends very much on individual needs, as well as the age, location and design of your home, but loft extensions are one of the most popular, and one of the cheapest.
‘Typically, converted lofts provide an additional bedroom, though they can also be used as a home office or less traditional workplace such as a yoga studio,’ says Mark Ruthven of architecture practice Studio Mark Ruthven. ‘But lofts often have somewhat limited headroom so do not work so well as, for example, a home gym. A loft conversion in a typical terraced house should provide sufficient space for a bedroom and a small shower or bathroom.’