HOMES Bed­room to grow

Grow your home in line with your fam­ily by cre­at­ing an ex­tra bed­room. You’ll have more space, and it could make your home more valu­able and sell­able, writes JU­LIA GRAy

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT -

shower room up there, and built-in stor­age, you’ve cre­ated the per­fect suite.

The best loft con­ver­sions boast a dormer win­dow across al­most the en­tire width of the house, al­though not all homes can have this be­cause of plan­ning re­stric­tions.

Ideally, the line of the roof should also be al­tered from slop­ing to ‘straight’ (viewed from the front or back) so that what was air above the roof be­comes room, giv­ing you the most us­able space. kitchen, din­ing and liv­ing space, but they can in­clude bed­rooms.

A two-storey ex­ten­sion may be bet­ter be­cause you can cre­ate ex­tra liv­ing space down­stairs and bed­rooms up­stairs, and it should be cheaper than do­ing both a ground­floor ex­ten­sion and a loft con­ver­sion.

How­ever, you might not get plan­ning per­mis­sion for a two-storey ex­ten­sion, whereas ground-floor ex­ten­sions and loft con­ver­sions can of­ten be done with­out plan­ning, as­sum­ing your home has stan­dard per­mit­ted de­vel­op­ment rights. long as it’s con­verted prop­erly and sym­pa­thet­i­cally.

You could even put a bed­room on top of the garage, as long as there’s space to build above it and for a new cor­ri­dor on the first floor.

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