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Can you have a loft conversion in a bungalow?

  • Posted by: Sebastian Grayson
Loft conversion bedroom - Can you have a loft conversion in a bungalow?

Due to the fact that they can easily be extended and have a stylish finish, bungalow loft conversions are becoming more and more popular. Adding an additional bedroom, living area, bathroom or office space to your bungalow has never been easier given how easy it can be to extend the home upwards. Most have a lot of headroom, making it easy to add stairs and roof windows.

What are the Advantages of Having a Loft Conversion Applied to a Bungalow?

Additional space and added value to the property can be two of the main benefits of adding a loft conversion to a bungalow. The loft conversion can be used to add an entire new floor to the bungalow, which can be used for several different purposes in the home, depending on your needs.

How Can The Space Be Utilised?

You can utilise your loft conversion space in a bungalow in several different ways. Many homeowners like to add another bedroom in the loft conversion since the area on the highest floor makes sense and an additional bedroom can add a lot of extra value to the home. However, the options are endless when it comes to deciding how to use the space. 

Loft conversions have recently become popular home office spaces, or they could be used as an additional living area in your home or for an entertainment area such as a cinema room or games room. Bathrooms can also be added to loft conversions, giving you the option to use the space as an extra bathroom in your home or even have it as the main bathroom, so that you can utilise more space on the lower floor. Or you could simply use it as a more comfortable storage area, or even a walk-in wardrobe.

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Do You Need Planning Permission for a Bungalow Loft Conversion?

Most loft conversions come under Permitted Development as long as some key conditions are met, meaning that planning permission is not necessary. If your design does not come under PD, then you will need to apply for planning permission. You’ll also need to get planning permission if your bungalow is located in a Conservation Area or National Park. There are some restrictions to be aware of for Permitted Development loft conversions, including the total volume that is allowed for dormer windows or hip-to-gable conversions. Other rules include:

  •   You cannot raise the roof’s height
  •   You cannot construct dormers or anything projecting out from the roof at the front of the home
  •   Any new side-facing windows should be obscure-glazed and have an opening casement located at least 1700mm above the floor
  •   No raised platforms or balconies

You should use materials that are similar in appearance to the existing property

How Much Value Could a Loft Conversion Add to a Bungalow Property?

How much value your loft conversion could add to your bungalow will depend on a number of factors including the size, type, and quality of the loft conversion, along with what the space can be used for. A study by Nationwide of homes in the UK found that adding a loft conversion featuring an additional bedroom and en-suite bathroom could increase the value of a property by 21%. If your bungalow is in London, a loft conversion with an extra bathroom and bedroom could increase the value of your property by almost a quarter, making it worth investing in if you are planning to sell your home for a profit in the future.

Bungalows might be known for only having one floor, but there is no reason why you can’t change that with a loft conversion. Along with adding extra space to your property, a loft conversion can increase the value of your bungalow.

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Author: Sebastian Grayson