Extension or Conversion – Your One Stop Checklist

Your home is your castle, right? It’s your space to relax, enjoy family, entertain and, often, get your all-important work done. Inevitably therefore, you want to make the most of the space. Maybe you have a new arrival on the way, or you work from home and you need a space to call your own that isn’t simply a cleared space in the dining room. So, you’re considering adding additional space to suit your circumstances. So, is it an extension that you’re looking for, or are you looking to convert an already existing space such as a spare bedroom, basement or loft?

Well, to help you decide, we have compiled a short loft extension checklist to see how you can make the most of your space to suit your individual needs.

  1. Budget:

The first item on your checklist has to be budget. And, yes, this will be a decider when it comes to how you are going to manage your space. If you have a good amount of disposable income, it could be that an extension is the most appealing option, as you can add value to your home and create a full-on additional room to the home – bespoke to your needs. But consider all of your options first. Converting an existing space, such as a spare room, basement or loft, could be a more affordable option. Both options create more space, but utilising an existing space could kill two birds with one stone: it makes the most of currently unused or impractical space on a budget, while also adding value to your existing property without any need for the extra outdoor space required for an extension.

  1. Time:

Time is an important consideration. What is your timescale? If your new space is for a new arrival, you will be on somewhat of a timer, but you will also have a little wiggle room, as you have an existing timeline to run with. Perhaps you’ve just changed jobs and you’d rather the space was available asap. Whatever your circumstances, it pays to shop around. This is because, depending on the plan you have in mind, timescales for completing your new room with vary, and potentially, vastly. Speak to a property expert or look into the average time scales of all of your options. For example, basement conversions could run into unexpected issues such as damp-proofing and/or foundation repairs; extensions will come with planning permission restrictions and will require a full outdoor build in many cases; loft conversions may require rewiring tasks, insulation, and so on. In order to plan ahead, it’s good to look into the timeline of your project before even making a decision.

  1. Available space:

What kind of space do you need for your requirements? If you’re looking to create a games room, fully fitted with a pool table, juke box and dart board, you’re probably looking at a full extension. However, if it’s more ab out creating an extra space, such as a snug, playroom or office, it could be more affordable to simply convert an existing space. So, consider the space you have available. If you have room to spare in your yard or garden, an extension might be a great option. But don’t underestimate the value of outdoor pace when it comes to adding value to the property in the long run, especially if you have internal space that could be converted – again, adding value while keeping the outdoor space as is.

So, it’s a basic check list, but it is a fundamental one. It begins with disposable income and/or funds and, therefore, budget, and it depends on both he space you have available and the timescale you are working with.