Loft Conversions in Enfield | House Extensions | Should You Convert Your Loft or Extend Your Home?

Have you outgrown the habitable space inside your current Enfield or North London home? If you need an extra room, but moving to a bigger house is a non-starter, you will likely have a choice of two options: building an extension or converting the loft. By embracing the ‘improve, don’t move’ mantra, you create the additional living space needed while avoiding the stress, upheaval and costs associated with moving out. For those looking to expand and alter the rest of their property, house refurbishments and kitchen installations can achieve the desired space.

At Colin Lynch Builders, we excel at managing house extensions and loft conversions from concept to completion. With a trading history stretching back to 1979, we have a proven track record for delivering these large-scale projects on time, within budget and to the highest standards of workmanship. Why not contact us today to arrange an appointment?

Like many homeowners, you may be unsure which of these two solutions represents the best option for your home. After all, they achieve the same goal, i.e., creating additional space. You can also tailor your design to suit your lifestyle requirements and design aspirations too.

With an array of benefits linked to both options, there’s no wrong choice. Colin Lynch Builders covers all the building services needed to complete both types of projects. To help your decision-making process, we have outlined below some of the key points you need to consider before committing to one or the other.

Loft Conversions or House Extensions?

Choosing between a loft conversion and a home extension is a personal decision. Variables unique to your circumstances and existing home will have a significant influence on the final outcome. Some of the most prominent factors you must take into account include:

  • The type of property you own

  • Your loft’s dimensions

  • The current size of your garden

  • How you use your garden

While the above list is certainly not exhaustive, it is a solid, reliable starting point.

Property owners in Enfield, North London and across the UK with a garden have a greater appreciation for this asset than ever before. When deciding on your preferred building work to enhance your home, kitchen installations and house refurbishments are also options to transform your house without eating into any garden space. Whether you’ve cherished your outside space for years or have only recently realised its potential, if you want to preserve your garden’s current size, you may prefer converting the loft to make the most of your space.

This is because rear and side house extensions involve the construction of a new structure from the foundations up. Of course, this requires our builders to build over ‘vacant’ land surrounding your original home, resulting in a smaller garden.

If you have a large garden, or you barely use it in its current form, this may not cause you any headaches. But if your space is small to start with, or you simply don’t want to make any sacrifices, loft conversions make the ideal solution.

When our team at Colin Lynch Builders converts your loft, we optimise a structure that already exists. As such, you benefit from a new room while preserving your garden’s size. However, if you currently use your loft for storage, you will need to find an alternative solution. You can even use the opportunity as an excuse for a much-needed clear out.

It’s important to note that not all lofts in Enfield meet the criteria for a simple conversion process. For a straightforward conversion, your loft must have at least 2.2m of headroom. Does your loft fall below this figure? Don’t worry, as it’s still possible for our builders to carry out loft conversions in such cases. However, it requires substantial rectification work before the conversion itself starts, increasing your project’s budget and timescale.

By their nature, converted rooms fit into the dimensions of a pre-existing space. This may result in angled ceilings and sloping walls – although this isn’t true for dormer designs. For many homeowners, this unusual appearance holds a distinctive charm. With house extensions, however, you’re always guaranteed flat ceilings and vertical walls.

Our quality house refurbishments and kitchen installations are also excellent options to help enhance the aesthetic and functionality of your existing build.

Call 01992 717370 to speak with Colin Lynch Builders about loft conversions, house extensions or any other building service you require in or around Enfield.