How loft conversions add space and value to your home

Find out how loft conversions can give your home space to breathe and add value too – and why you should use experts to do it.

By Jennifer Turner | 28 February 2020

Property experts agree that a loft conversion is the home improvement likely to add most value.


a converted loft with bed and chair

Image: Econoloft

People living in the UK inhabit some of the smallest homes in Europe. If your home is starting to feel too small for your family, that might be because it actually is.

However, that doesn’t mean the only answer is moving to or building a new home – why go through all that upheaval just for an extra bedroom? The most elegant solution to getting more space is likely be sat, unused, on the top of your house.

converted loft with childrens beds and toys

Image: Econoloft

The benefits of a loft conversion

A loft conversion is a surprisingly simple way to get that extra space you need – while adding value to your home. It turns out that most existing homes are suitable for a loft conversion. If you have a minimum height of 2.3m from the top of the existing ceiling joists to the bottom of the existing ridge board, a loft conversion is usually feasible.

Better still, the majority of loft conversions don’t need planning permission and can be carried out under Permitted Development. There are, of course, exceptions – these include flats, some new houses, properties within conservation areas and all listed buildings.