Loft Conversions for Bungalows
Bungalows often have a large loft area that steals potential space from the rest of your home. These bungalows that have loft access are very popular choices for loft conversions as they understandably will add much in terms of space and value to the property.
A new bedroom, with perhaps an en-suite will allow extra living space below. A new room could be added or the lounge or kitchen could be extended by knocking down an interior wall.
It is important that all building work has Building Regulation Approval. These building regulations make sure that new building work is safe, healthy, accessible and energy efficient. Currently, the building regulations specify that a “fire protected stairway must be installed.” However, these requirements are a little more relaxed when it comes to bungalows as they are not already a two storey property. In many cases it isn’t possible to install a protected stairway in a bungalow so instead escape windows will be added to the new loft room to satisfy building regulations. It is important that you contact your local authority in order to make sure you adhere to these building regulations.
Can I convert my bungalow?
Older bungalows can make ideal conversion projects. They often have a steeply pitch roof, which allow for plenty of headroom. They are also relatively easy to convert, meaning the building work can be completed within a short time frame, the work will be cost effective and will cause minimum disruption to your everyday life.
Bungalow loft conversions are certainly the most profitable types of loft conversions when you take into consideration the money you have spent, compared to the value that will be added to the overall property.
Bungalows weren’t designed to have a second floor, so some are built without the support of internal load bearing walls. In these cases the loft conversion needs to be thoroughly planned out and potential additions made to the structural integrity of the bungalow itself. This process in called underpinning and should always be carried out by a qualified professional.
We highly recommend that contractors are bought in to assist you with your conversion, especially when it comes to strengthening the main structure.