Many of us buy homes for one purpose, only for this to morph along with our lives we move from single to couple to parents or perhaps home workers. City living can often make it impossible to extend or upsize due to financial constraints and/or plot size. One sure-fire way to create extra room in your home without too much hassle or cost is to opt for a loft conversion.

A successful loft conversion will not only provide useful extra living space without the need for major structural work, but can also add value to your property. This is why they remain one of the most popular forms of home improvement in the UK.

Other reasons to consider a loft conversion include:

• Loft conversions are often cheaper than extensions, metre for metre.
• Loft conversions usually take less time to complete because they’re less dependent on factors such as weather and usually do not require major structural work
• Getting planning permission is often a lot more straightforward than it is for an extension, for example. Although rules on this have been relaxed recently in England.

Ultimately, though, much depends on lifestyle factors. Ask yourself what you want to do with the additional room: create extra living space, bedrooms or a study? This will help you get clear about which floor in your home to renovate. And if you’re still not sure, get advice from a building expert, as well as your local council.

The bottom line is that although it may be costly and stressful in the short-term, the long-term gain is usually always worth the pain.