When it comes to adding more space to your home, there are a few usual suspects, including loft conversions and kitchen extensions.

Both increase the usable space in your property, but there are some clear differences between the two options as well as some important similarities, such as the ability in most cases to carry out upgrades without applying for planning permission.

At Abell Building Services we work on all kinds of home extensions and can advise on any kitchen extension or loft conversion Loughborough householders are planning. In this article we’ll look at the differences and benefits of each option, but if you have questions about home extensions or require a quote, get in touch today

Loft conversions can add value

If you want to add significant value to your property, loft conversions are a good way to go.

According to figures from Halifax, a loft conversion is the most profitable home improvement you can carry out, potentially adding £11,000 in value, even after paying the development costs.

Even if you don’t plan to move house anytime soon, loft conversions take previously unused space and turn it into an extra bedroom, a cosy snug at the top of the house, or walk-in storage space with a safe and fully boarded floor.

This makes them a great way to increase your living space, without any structural changes to the exterior of your property, or with only minor alterations to let in light or improve the ceiling height.

Often these small changes will not need planning permission, so you can include skylights and dormer windows in your loft conversion without delaying the project.

What are the most popular home improvements?

Halifax found that of people who had carried out property upgrades in the past three years, 34% had installed a new kitchen, second only to a new bathroom as the most popular home improvement.

Over a fifth (21%) had repaired or replaced their roof, and 12% had added new insulation – both things you can do as part of a loft conversion.

Perhaps surprisingly, only 15% of home improvements were an attempt to add value to the property, whereas 40% wanted to make their living space cosier and 23% wanted to improve their energy efficiency.

These reasons are not mutually exclusive though – a loft conversion that includes new insulation can add value, create more space and make your home feel more cosy all at once.

Rear kitchen extensions don’t always need planning permission

It’s normal for the kitchen to be at the rear of the property, and there are certain special permissions that allow you to add a rear kitchen extension without planning permission.

Permitted development rights mean you can extend your rear wall by up to three metres on semi-detached properties, and four metres on detached houses.

You should use similar looking bricks to the main house, and your extension must not be taller than the existing roof.

This leaves plenty of scope for rear kitchen extensions without planning permission required, as long as you keep the work within permitted development rights.

As experienced home extension builders, Abell can advise on any rear kitchen extension Loughborough residents might be planning, to make sure everything runs smoothly.

Find out more from our Loughborough home extension builders

To find out more about our work on loft conversions and kitchen extensions in Loughborough and the surrounding area, get in touch today.

We’ll be happy to discuss your plans for your home improvement, even if you’re still in the very early stages of deciding what you want to add to your property.

Once you’re ready to proceed, we can give you a quote for carrying out the work, and then get started on giving you the home of your dreams.