If you need more space in your home, but you don’t want to move house, one option to explore is an attic conversion. If extending outwards to encroach on your beloved garden isn’t viable, then the alternative is to go up. A loft conversion could create a new master bedroom complete with ensuite, a large playroom for the kids or an attractive cinema room. Converting your attic can be complex and fraught with stresses, but pull it off, and you could see a lucrative increase in the value of your home. Take a look at these tips to help your potential loft conversion go without a hitch.
Before you even consider hiring any professionals, get up into the loft yourself and take some measurements. Draw out a scaled plan of the space and think about the function that it may take. Consider where skylights will go and if you’ll need to increase the head height of your loft. Vitally, to make sure your new loft conversion can be classed as an extra bedroom legally if this is the conversion of choice, you will need to install fire safety doors and an adequate staircase.
Get In The Pros
A loft conversion is a hefty financial investment, so it pays to get the professionals in to ensure building regulations are adhered to, and you are getting the most out of your space. Hire an architect to convert your initial sketchy plans into accurate technical drawings. This will aid you in visualising your new room and will allow you to develop more of an understanding of where your money will be spent.
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The most crucial element to any loft conversion is the build. It is important that you find a builder who has specialist experience converting attic rooms and one that is willing to show you a portfolio of similar work. It always pays to see before and after photos to examine the finish of the builds closely. Have two or three builders visit, ask questions and see who you get on with. If you have a positive professional relationship with your builder, your conversion has a greater chance of success.
If you are installing a bathroom, you’ll need to employ the services of a plumber. To rewire and fit your plug sockets, you’ll need an electrician. If you aren’t getting out the paint and rollers yourself, you’ll need a decorator. The cost of the professionals that you hire will need to be factored into your budget.
There is nothing worse than being in a room that is dark, drab and lacking in natural light. Your loft conversion runs the risk of falling into this trap if you don’t install adequate skylights or dormer windows. By increasing the height of your attic space and replacing the sloping eaves with a more standard dormer, you’ll be able to achieve far reaching views across your garden and beyond. If you live in a rural environment, these scenic views will be hugely appealing to the next person to purchase your home.
To obtain more floor space, you no longer have to up sticks and endure the financial burden of moving home. Instead, why not consider investing in your property and extending the living space. You’ll be able to enjoy the facelift that you have given your home for years to come.