Bungalow Loft Conversions, Ideas and Costs
If you’re desperate to increase the size of your bungalow but aren’t keen on spending a fortune, a bungalow loft conversion could be the answer. Here are the advantages of converting the loft in your bungalow:
- Increase your living space – converting your bungalow into a two-storey will give you the space for extra bedrooms, bathrooms, a playroom or home office without the hassle of having to move home completely or have a new extension built
- Boost the value of your home – converting your bungalow increase the value of your home by as much as 15%, says the Federation of Master Builders
- Save money – compared to building a new one or two storey extension or the price of moving house entirely, a bungalow loft conversion is the cheapest way to increase the size of your home
Bungalow loft conversion ideas
Check whether you need planning permission
Loft conversions are classed as permitted developments, which means you don’t normally need planning permission to carry one out. However, if you live in a listed building, conservation area, World Heritage Site or Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty the rules may be different – check with your Local Building Authority to find out if you need planning permission. Otherwise, you are free to convert the loft of your bungalow so long as you meet certain conditions, including:
- The materials you use must be similar to those of the existing building
- If you’re extending the roof, it must not be by more than 50 cubic metres and must be set back at least 20cm from the original eaves
- The loft conversion shouldn’t include any verandas, balconies or raised platforms
- Side-facing windows have to be obscure-glazed
See full details of planning and building regulations for bungalow loft conversions at the Planning Portal website.
Commission a structural survey
Some bungalows won’t have been built to support a second floor and so will need to be underpinned to ensure the structural safety of the bungalow loft conversion. You’ll also need to have at least 2.3 metres height in your loft to be able to convert it. To make sure your loft is structurally sound and suitable for a loft conversion, hire a professional to carry out a structural survey.
Do you want a new bathroom in your converted loft?
If you want your bungalow loft conversion to include a bathroom, you’ll need to get plumbing professionally installed and ensure that you adhere to building regulations regarding sanitation and drainage. This includes making sure that you have a supply of hot and cold water and that waste pipes meet set standards. If your boiler can’t cope with the extra heating and hot water demands, you may need to upgrade or install an additional boiler or electric heating system. A qualified plumber will be up-to-date with the latest building regulations and will make sure your bungalow conversion meets legal guidelines.
Bungalow loft conversion cost
The cost of a bungalow loft conversion will vary depending on your specific design needs, how big your loft is and who you hire to carry out the work, here are some example prices:
- According to a survey by Halifax, the average cost of a loft conversion is £15,800
- Whatprice put the average cost of a loft conversion at £21,000
Bungalow loft conversion price will also vary depending on where in the country you live, for example, according to WhatPrice:
- A 30m² loft conversion with two roof windows, two dormers and an en suite bathroom costs on average £25,206 in Wales
- In inner London the same 30m² loft conversion will cost an average of £31,169
You can get more information on loft conversion prices in the UK in our cost guide. Always get at least three quotes for your bungalow loft conversion and make sure the company you hire has valid insurance and good references.