The ideal way to increase living area and space in your home is to do a loft conversion, the added benefit is also that one substantially increases the value of ones property. The vast majority of houses do not exploit the loft space to its potential and it remains a dusty area for collecting junk. In some cases this is due to the structural design and building requirements involved in doing loft conversions. Generally loft conversions are more complex architecturally than house extensions. In addition, loft conversions can require full Planning Permission which can seem like a formidable task for the average home owner. However, it is frequently possible to obtain a "Certificate of Lawfulness" from the local Council which is a far simpler process.