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Are Bungalow Loft Conversions a reality for All?

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Bungalows are prime properties to have their lofts converted. With big footprints and the potential to almost double the size of the property, it’s no wonder that bungalow conversions are really popular projects. But if you’re thinking of investing in a bungalow with a view to converting your loft, do you know if the property you’re thinking of purchasing can be converted? Here’s what you need to consider when creating a bungalow conversion.

Can your bungalow support a loft room?

The biggest consideration which will determine whether your bungalow can have a loft conversion is the load-bearing capacity of the existing structure. By this, we mean that you will need to consider the fact that your bungalow was never designed to support a loft room.

Although some bungalows will be strong enough without any additional support in place, you may need to undertake underpinning of both the internal and external walls in order to make it strong enough to support the extra weight the property is gaining up top.

What type of roof does your bungalow have?

Many older style bungalows built in the 50s, 60s and 70s have a pitched roof, which is perfect for a loft conversion due to their spaciousness. However, newer style bungalows might not have this type of roof, and, in this instance, you may not gain as much space as you’d like.

However, there are ways and means around this – such as adding a dormer window for additional head height – so speak to your loft conversion specialist to see what can be achieved.

Where will you site the stairs in a bungalow conversion?

One of the important considerations for a bungalow loft conversion is where you will place the stairs within your design. Your original bungalow wouldn’t have been designed with the placement of stairs in mind, so you’ll need to make sure that you can install some usable stairs to make your new loft room a habitable room.

You may need to sacrifice some space from elsewhere in your home in order to site the stairs correctly. This is something that you should bear in mind. Also speak to your chosen loft conversion specialist, if you can, if you’re looking to purchase a bungalow with the idea of creating a bungalow conversion so you can ensure the property layout can accommodate a staircase.

Will you receive planning permission for a bungalow conversion?

Something to bear in mind if you’re purchasing a bungalow with the idea of creating a loft conversion or bungalow extension is whether you’ll require and will be granted planning permission to convert your loft.

In most instances, it’s a relatively straightforward process to receive planning permission for extensions and loft conversions as part of a bungalow renovation, but a good indicator is whether any of the other houses in the street have converted the loft of their bungalow. Bear in mind that aspects such as adding a dormer window will often mean that you’ll need to apply for planning permission.

In some instances, you may not even need planning permission to convert the loft of your bungalow, although you will need to follow Building Regulations, as is the case for any type of renovation work. Your specialist loft conversion company will be able to guide you through the process of meeting Building Regulations.

Ready to know more about bungalow conversions? Contact Bespoke Lofts!

If you’re ready to learn more about bungalow conversions, get in touch with Bespoke Lofts. We have many years of experience in converting bungalows into double storey properties and can guide you through all of the processes involved, from setting the stairs in the best position for the property to planning permission.

Talk to us today and allow us to help you with your bungalow renovation.

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