If you're after a cost effective way to add space and value to your home, a loft conversion could be the way to go
1. You may be surprised to hear that converting your loft will be less disruptive than an extension. All you need to have is at least 2.2m for ceiling height.
2. You need to think carefully about the way in which you'll use this extra space. A loft conversion will normally be done because someone wants an extra bedroom or bathroom, but it could also be because you want a playroom, office or the luxury of a gym or cinema room.
3. Planning permission will only be an issue if you're extending the size of the loft or if you live in a conservation area. Remember to notify your neighbours if you live in a terrace or semi and you'll be building on beams that affect the party wall.
4. Ideally, you will need an architect or technician to draw up plans for your builder, but specialist loft conversion companies will often have their own in-house design team if you'd prefer a one-stop shop.
Feature and styling by Karen Wilson / photos by Katie Lee