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Conventional house extensions are quite common in Scotland. Homeowners need more room, and let’s face it, relocating is both
unpleasant and costly. Extending may also be a more cost-effective option in the long term, since the investment may be recouped by
raising the property’s value. Traditional style homes in Glasgow and the west of Scotland lend themselves well to expansion. A ground
floor addition, first floor extension, second floor extension, or loft conversion are all options for expanding your house. We are often asked
what kind of extension is the “best.” The reality is that there is no one-size-fits-all solution that will work for everyone. It depends on the
layout of your current property as well as what you want to get out of the project. Do you need more kitchen space in order to cook,
entertain, and seat your family at the dinner table? Or are you looking for additional bedrooms or a secluded workspace in the loft? Luke
Lloyd Builders is happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our professional loft conversions.

What is the major distinction?

In most cases, a ground floor expansion to a typical Scottish property provides extra usable space. The term “liveable space” refers to the
area of your home where you spend the most of your time, which often comprises your living room, dining room, and kitchen. If you have
a home, these functions are usually concentrated on the bottom level. The front room with the bay window is the living space, the centre
room is the dining area, and the back outrigger (typically not full width since there is a side return into the garden) is the kitchen in a
typical Victorian terrace. The most frequent kind of extension in this instance is either a side return extension or a wraparound extension,
which is quite typical of the properties we deal with. A wraparound extension stretches from the side and returns to the back. A rear
extension is another kind of extension that we often deal with. If the back of your house is flat, you may easily expand into the garden.
The extra space, regardless of the kind of extension, may be used for whatever you choose, although most homeowners will use it to
expand their kitchen. There is often enough room left over for a large eating area.

A loft conversion usually results in the addition of bedrooms and bathrooms to a home. A new staircase will be installed in most loft
conversions to go up to the new level of the house. If you already have an outrigger, an l-shaped dormer addition is an option. This entails
a primary dormer that spans the width of the main house and a second dormer that spans the outrigger to the back. With this type of loft
conversion, we often add two bedrooms and a bathroom. If you don’t have an outrigger, a single dormer addition may be added, which
usually adds a large bedroom and a modest bathroom or en-suite. To be classified as a “bedroom,” a room must have a window and a
suitable head height, according to building codes. As a result, lofts are well-suited to the addition of bedrooms. Bedrooms may be
transformed into an office, a gym, a library, or a playground ” the possibilities are limitless! Lofts are also great for storage since they
have eaves storage.

Which is more costly, in terms of price?

Ground floor expansions are more costly, and they don’t usually add as much square footage to the home. You’re essentially adding a
new level to your home with a loft conversion. A loft conversion is typically between 50-75% of the cost of a “normal” extension generating
similar space.

Is one of them more complex than the other?

It’s essential to remember that construction sites may be unexpected, and items may be discovered that weren’t anticipated in the initial
scope of work. As a consequence, it’s critical to put up a contingency budget just in case. Digging down into the earth is required for
ground floor expansions. The majority of the homes we work on are period style homes, which means they were constructed more than a
century ago. This implies that unforeseen expenses may be discovered, depleting the contingency budget. Because you’re constructing
on top of an existing structure rather than excavating below to find unknown things, loft conversions are inherently less risky in terms of
nasty surprises. A contingency budget should always be set aside for every project, although a loft conversion is unlikely to need one.

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