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Outgrown your New Build Home? What to do!

Many people love a new build home.

They’re freshly decorated, newly built to all of the latest Building Regulations standards, and are often found in desirable locations.

However, life often moves on, and what may have suited us at the time of buying our new build home may not be suitable for us now. And this is where a new build loft conversion comes in: for those times when our family has grown, or we need to work from home, or we just need that little bit of extra space for a guest bedroom.

Why convert a new build?

The reasons for converting the loft of a new build house are the same as the reasons for any other property: you need more space. What suits us when we buy a new build property can quickly change.
You may need to accommodate a new addition to the family, or an elderly family member needs to move in. You may also found yourself working from home more and start thinking you’d like a dedicated home office, rather than working from the kitchen table.

You may simply want some extra space to live in and don’t want to move. New build bedrooms can be rather compact in size. If you’d love a spacious master bedroom suite within your roof space, then converting your attic can be the way to go about gaining extra room.

You could, of course, extend outwards from the ground floor of your home to gain more living space. Still, with new build housing estates often making the most of the building plot, gardens in these types of properties can be on the small side, oftentimes not able to comfortably accommodate anything more than a conservatory as an extension. Which is why an attic conversion is such a good idea, as you won’t be sacrificing any of the valuable asset that is outdoor space.

Is it possible to create a new build loft conversion?

It’s certainly possible, in most cases, to convert the loft of a new build property. Despite many myths surrounding the conversion of lofts in new build properties, there are ways and means around a lot of the issues that may arise.

Many new build homes are built with a truss loft. A truss loft conversion can be a little more complex than a standard loft conversion, as it involves taking out the w-shaped truss roof rafters and adding new structural support. However, an experienced attic conversion specialist will be able to do so with ease. A truss rafter loft conversion shouldn’t put you off converting your attic.

There is another aspect to bear in mind with a roof space build in a modern home. Whilst many new build loft conversions are fine to complete under permitted development, you may need to seek planning permission and/or the permission of the original property developer.

A lot of new build properties have restrictive covenants placed on them by the original property developer when first built to ensure consistency of the aesthetics of the estate throughout. Similarly, suppose your new build property is a leasehold property. In that case, that will have its own issues, as you’ll have to seek the permission of the freeholder.

Restrictive covenants that have been placed on your new build home should have been explained and made clear by your conveyancer at the time of purchase. Still, it’s worth double-checking your paperwork to be on the safe side.

What can be achieved with a new build loft conversion?

Once you’ve ascertained whether a new build loft conversion is possible for your home, the sky – or at least the roof – is the limit.

An extra bedroom is the obvious choice for most. However, when it comes to bedroom and bathroom ideas for growing families, have you considered two children’s bedrooms with a Jack and Jill bathroom in between?

In terms of a master bedroom, have you thought about adding a balcony or sliding doors which open onto a Juliet balcony? If you live in a new build estate which is surrounded by fields or other pleasant views, this could really make the most of your home’s setting and bring natural light into the room.

Of course, many people may want a master bedroom and a home study in their loft space, and this is usually possible too.

Whether you opt for an open plan layout which zones an area for your new working space, or a completely separate room for your home office, your attic and the way you live can be completely transformed by this addition within your roof space.

Ready for a new build loft conversion? Get in touch with Bespoke Lofts.

If you’ve outgrown your new build home, fear not: Bespoke Lofts has many years’ experience creating a beautiful living space within a new build attic. Get in touch today to give yourself room to breathe within your new build home.

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