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How loft conversions boost your home value by an average of 21%

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Bedroom At The Top: An attic conversion into a spare bedroom – especially with an en suite bathroom – may result in a 21% boost in your home’s value. Image by ImageFlow (via Shutterstock).

From Marston Green to Stechford, or Penkridge to Longbridge, many people turn to Up Another Level as a way of boosting space in their home. Loft conversions can offer another boost, especially in prosperous areas. Read more »

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A look at how hip to gable conversions can add space to your home

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In the field of loft conversions, there are three main types of conversion styles. One is the dormer roof conversion, which is the most commonplace variety. Another one is a Mansard loft, which we have covered in our previous article on the subject. The third one we are focusing on for this post, are hip to gable roof conversions. With this style, part of a hipped roof is converted to a gabled roof. Read more »

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A look at how mansard lofts can add space to your home

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Colourful: if James Stirling or Terry Farrell did Mansard lofts, they would look like this one. Image by RedTC (via Shutterstock).

In the field of loft conversions, there are three main types of conversion styles. One is the dormer roof conversion, the most commonplace variety. Another one is a hip to gable conversion. With this style, part of a hipped roof is converted to a gable roof. The third one, that we are focusing on for this post, are Mansard lofts.

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Could winter be a good time to have your loft converted?

Alvechurch Loft Conversion

Thanks partly to the Gulf Stream, the British winter is usually mild. It is not unusual for us to have wintry weather in early April as well as mid-December. Yet, many people choose to have a loft conversion in Spring and Summer, rather than winter. With the changeable nature of the British weather, the difference should be minimal.

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Are you thinking about getting a loft conversion for your home or commercial building space? There are many different advantages for having a loft conversion done. If the space is available and the right budget is in place, loft conversions offer a genuine return on your investment for the long-term gain.

Here, at Up Another Level, we have put together this handy image to showcase some of the different benefits which loft conversions have to offer. Whilst this does sound like a huge project to undertake, it can be relatively straight forward to carry out, using the right team of experienced professionals.

Loft Conversions

 

Benefits of a Loft Conversion:

  • Let in more light – By including large Velux windows in a loft conversion, more natural light can shine through the space which will help reduce the need to use electrical lighting in the room.
  • Increase house value – The property value of the house which includes a loft conversion, can be increased by up to 20%. Having more room in the house which has been properly converted as usable living space will help increase the value of your house.
  • No planning permission required (usually) – Whereas planning permission is usually associated with getting a house extension, it is not usually needed for loft conversions, since it involves converting existing house space, rather than building externally. Another benefit is that you do not need to inform the neighbours and probably won’t disturb or upset them.
  • Gain an extra room – If your house has every room filled with furniture, or used by different people, getting a loft conversion will mean you gain an extra space to use, from a home office room to a spare bedroom.
  • Increase storage space – Avoid having to use storage space elsewhere in the home and get all the extra room you need, by converting the existing space in your home that was previously unusable.
  • Insulate your home – Attics and lofts which are poorly insulated tend to lose up to half of their heat. By having a loft conversion, you can significantly lower your energy bills every year.
  • No loss of space outside – By extending the room in your house vertically, it means you don’t have to lose any garden space outside, so you won’t need to invest in a bigger garden shed or cut down your garden size.

Loft Conversions in The Midlands

What to know more? Here at Up Another Level, we have been specialising in loft conversions for over 15 years and have a team of experienced professionals who have the expertise to assist you. We cover most areas in and around The Midlands, including Birmingham, Bromsgrove, Redditch, Coventry, Stratford Upon Avon, Warwick, Solihull and Worcester.

Give our loft conversions experts a call on any ofthe featured contact telephone numbers from our ‘Contact Us’ page or, alternatively, fill in the enquiry form online for a quick response.

 

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How to beef up your newly converted loft into an exciting place for work, rest, and play

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A Blank Canvas: your newly converted loft has the potential to become a creative space for work, rest, and play. Image by Yampi (via Shutterstock).

The roof space of your home can add value to your property. Typically, the average loft is used as a spare bedroom or as extra storage space.

Then again, you might have enough bedrooms and storage space, and wish to use part of your home for more creative uses Something inventive. For our latest blog post, our suggestions should be enough to fuel your imagination. Read more »

Stylish Pitched Roof Conversion

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If you are thinking of creating some additional space in your home, a loft conversion is a good choice. You can add different features in your loft to create a functional, appealing space. The features you include should meet your needs and match your personal style. Here are some of the ways to style your loft conversion.

 

1. Add a Spiral Staircase

One of the best ways to style a loft conversion is to include a spiral staircase. This kind of staircase adds some glamour to the loft space. A spiral staircase does not take as much space as a standard one. The staircase has to be gradual to make it easy for people to use it. Installing a spiral staircase also adds value to a home. If you have existing stairs, you can stack your new flight over them to reduce the amount of space used up.

 

2. Paint Walls and Ceilings in Same Color

Most loft conversions have sloping ceilings and walls and painting them in the same color gives you a perfect opportunity to highlight this aspect. You can also take advantage of close tints of the same color to create a modern space. Use paler shades to enhance the sensation of light in the loft conversion.

 

3. Put in Blinds

Blinds are a great way to ensure privacy in your loft conversation. Sliding blinds are particularly appropriate especially if they are built in because this makes the loft space appear neat. If you install some dormer windows, you should consider pull-down blinds or shutters.

 

4. Create Shelves

One of the best ways to get storage in a loft conversion is by creating shelves. Bespoke shelves are the best choice because they help you make the most of the space in your loft.

 

5. Layer Lighting

Layering your lighting helps you to create diverse effects in your loft conversion. Recessed lights work well on flat ceilings. You can also use some wall sconces to make the room brighter. If you are using the loft as an additional sleeping area, you should also include some bedside lights on the walls.

 

6. Use Flexible Furniture

Flexible furniture allows you to use a loft conversion for various purposes. For those who need additional sleeping space, a sofa-bed is a good example of a flexible piece of furniture that can be used for sitting and sleeping.

 

7. Soundproof Walls

Wooden floors are very popular among homeowners but when you are styling your loft conversion, you need to think about how much noise is transferred to the rooms below. Insulation can help to address this concern.

 

8. Install Rooflights

This is a great way to bring a lot more light into your loft conversion. You should make sure the roof lights are glazed to reduce the amount of heat absorbed or lost through the opening.

 

9. Provide En Suite Bathroom

This is essential if the loft will be used for sleeping or an office. An en suite bathroom makes it convenient, also adds to the property value of your home a little more because it’s an extra bathroom.

 

10. Board your Ceiling

To create a traditional look in your loft, you can board your ceiling. There are several affordable softwood boards to select from.

If you want to implement these ideas, Up Another Level Loft Conversions can fix you up with a specialist loft conversion so you can dig right in and get your loft looking like something out of the movies! Call us today and arrange for us to come and convert your loft.

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New additions to your home are always nice; it’s great to see your home looking at its best and to have your home improved. However, whilst it’s nice to have something new, colourful or pretty, it’s even better if they have a functional purpose as well, and can even save you money in the long term.
This is why having modern fitted windows, especially in your converted loft are so great. Getting new UPVC windows installed not only makes your house look great, but there are a number of other perks to new windows as well. Here are some of the main perks of having fitted modern windows:

Save money on energy bills. Modern UPVC windows are usually double glazed and as such they keep the warm air in and cold air out. This is done by using two panes of glass, and there is a vacuum between the two panes, preventing the transfer of heat and cold.

The glass is also thicker, and the windows are installed by being sealed in tight, meaning there is no space for draughts around the edges. All of this means that you will need your heating on for a lesser period of time to achieve the same temperature in your property, saving you money over time. This will only happen when you have experienced window installation professionals, so it’s important to make sure that you use reputable window fitters.
Less noise pollution. No matter where you live, you’re bound to have some sort of outside noise, whether it’s the heavy traffic and bustle of a city centre or just the wind and occasional passing car of a rural location.

This can add up to disturbed peace and quiet as well as possible disturbed sleep. The thicker nature of the glass combined with the vacuum between the panes also helps insulate your building of sound, meaning you can keep the outside noise outside.

As heat rises, the addition of modern windows in your loft conversion can keep that heat in.

Better security. The thicker glass of double glazing is much harder to get through making it more of a challenge for potential burglars, and so acting as a deterrent as well as a preventative measure.

Modern fitted windows also have stronger and more secure locks, with options available depending on your needs, to make sure that your windows aren’t seen as an easy point of access and attract crime.

Add value to your home. Because of all of the above windows, modern wooden windows (UPVC) are a highly desirable asset to a home and what people often look for when buying or renting a home. This means you can expect someone to buy for more, or to rent for more, because of this additional benefit.
Don’t forget, that along with all of these perks, it really is something you can enjoy about your home. It gives the outside an instant facelift, and the range of colours and designs available means that modern fitted windows can be something for everyone’s home.

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Loft conversions are an increasingly popular kind of home improvement. In a difficult and unpredictable housing market moving is something that people might not want to consider yet they might still want more space. Converting a loft in your home can free up what is essentially dead space and make use of an area that is already available with a little work.

Another reason that converting a loft is a popular kind of home improvement is to add value to a home. No matter how you use a loft conversion; for an office or a den, many other people will see it as an additional bedroom if they needed it; a spare room or for a children’s room. A house with an additional bedroom brings your home up a notch to the next band of pricing, and information from Nationwide has shown that a loft conversion giving an additional potential bedroom can add around 11% to the price of a house.

If you are trying to decide whether a loft conversion is an investment worth making, you should consider a number of options. Firstly, do you need it for now? Even the potential for a loft conversion can add value to a home and so it needn’t necessarily be you that could carry out the work. Also, how much work needs doing for a loft conversion to be viable.

If you plan for a loft conversion to add around 10% to the value of your home then you need to make sure that you wouldn’t be spending over that for it to be cost effective. The cost will be determined by the amount of structural work such as stairs, the kind of conversion and also the age of a building. If your building is listed it may not even be possible to have the kind of conversion you want and so this should also be taken into account.

Last of all, can you afford to spend the money right now? Regardless of how much the conversion will add to the price of your home, if you are going to need a loan where the interest will be expensive, you should factor this into the cost of the loft conversion overall.

 

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Cabrio Lounge Conversion

With a lot of people looking to get more for their money in their homes, and trying to achieve more space without moving in this climate, there are many people looking into loft conversions in Birmingham. They are much more common place than they have been before as an easier way to get an extra room in your home, but what is a loft conversion?

A loft conversion is where you can transform the empty space in an attic or loft, into a proper room that can be used for any number of purposes. This extra room can be used as a bedroom and this is a great way of adding value to a home; changing a 2 bedroom house to a three bedroom house. It can also be used as an office space for someone planning to work from home. It can also have more fun based uses such as a playroom for kids or a gym. It can even be to just make storage space more easily accessible.

Loft conversions in Birmingham are one of the most popular ways that people are improving and developing their homes because of number of benefits; extra space without the inconvenience of moving, adding value to a home etc. Installing a loft conversion isn’t necessarily an easy process; there is often planning permission required depending on the kind of loft conversion you are carrying out, and a loft conversion expert or company will be able to let you know which kinds need this paperwork in order to be legal.

Whilst it’s theoretically possible to try to carry out a loft conversion by yourself, it is often advisable to get a large majority of the work involved done by specialists in order to make sure that the finished product isn’t just safe, but is also following any regulations in place. Above all, you want to make sure that this extension to your home is an investment and adds value, as opposed to being an item that needs repairing or removing for people potentially interested in the house.