Clever ways to add an extra bedroom

5 clever ways to gain an extra bedroom

Loft conversion? Extension? Mezzanine? These bedroom additions are impressive

By Jenny Mcfarlane | 25 February 2020

Adding an extra bedroom is a reliable way to increase the value of your home, whether you convert the loft, add a mezzanine level or build a garden room

Lead image: Monica Jackiewicz

Whether you’ve got a new baby on the way or just need a guest room for friends and family to stay, adding an extra bedroom can completely change how your home functions.

If you’re considering re-configuring your home’s layout or extending to create another bedroom, the good news is that it will likely pay dividends when it comes to increasing the value of your property.

Recent research from Safestore shows that creating an extra bedroom can add up to 67% to the value of your home, depending on your location in the UK. For example, in Manchester, increasing from a one bedroom to a two bedroom will increase value by 13%, while going from a three to four-bedroom increases value by 67%. Yet in Cardiff the difference between a one bedroom and two-bedroom house is nearly 50%.

Consult your local estate agent and you’ll soon have an idea of the budget you have to play around with in order to recoup your cost outlays.

This timber clad roof extension by Conibere Phillips Architects is a great way to add a bedroom

Conibere Phillips Architects added a striking timber-clad roof extension, and united it with the neighbours’ existing extension, to create space for an extra bedroom in this house

1. Loft conversion

Loft conversions can be pretty straightforward projects and yield one of the best returns on investment when it comes to adding an extra bedroom.

Expect to pay £20,000+ for a good-quality conversion depending on size and where you live. But with lots of companies doing them, prices are competitive. Many lofts can be converted under permitted development, but rules apply, especially if it alters the appearance of the exterior of the property. If you’re attached to a neighbouring property, then you’ll need to issue a party wall notice to its owners.

Other key considerations include head height of the loft, as you’ll need to achieve around 2.3 metres to make a conversion space work. You’ll also need to consider where the access staircase will sit on the lower floor.

If you don’t have the space for a loft conversion, why not consider a roof extension? These are more costly, and will require planning permission.

Loft extension with flat roof and wall-to-wall glazing by Browning Architects

This flat-roofed loft extension by Browning Architects allowed for a ‘floating’ opening with wall-to-wall glazing