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Tips to Get Started With a Loft Conversion

When it comes to adding some extra space, the first question that pops up is – whether you should go for an extension inside or outside the home. Generally extending space inside is much cheaper (and less of a hassle) than building an extension outside the home. In fact, loft conversions are the most profitable extensions that homeowners can choose. This is because ‘loft conversion can increase the value of your property by up to 20 percent’, according to a recent research by Nationwide Building Society.

Therefore if you have an unused loft space to your house, it is wise to convert it into a useable space to add some extra space within your home. However, loft conversions are not as easy as they may sound. So you need to have a plan. Here is how you can get started with your loft conversion planning:

Can You Convert Your Loft?

Generally you can easily convert your loft without taking any permission from the authorities, but it is a good idea to check whether you have all the permissions or not. Moreover, the loft may not be high enough to be converted into a room or office. It is best to take some professional help at this point and get the loft area inspected. There are a number of things to be considered such as:

  • Whether your house can take the extra load (you will be adding elements to the loft during the conversion)
  • Whether the loft is easily accessible or you need to build a staircase
  • How much budget you have and how much you are willing to spend
  • Do you need to alter the roof structure, etc.?

Is the Space Liveable?

If you are looking forward to converting the loft into a room, then you need to consider some more things, which include:

  • Whether the area has enough ventilation or new windows need to be installed
  • Whether the area is moist and is affected by mould
  • Whether the structure is strong enough without leaks, cracks, etc.

What kind of Furniture You Need

No matter what you create out of the loft – a kid’s room, an extra bedroom or an office, you place some furniture to make the room complete. Ready-made furniture might not be a choice since lofts have weird angles and corners. Custom-made furniture are the best choice, since they are made depending upon the available space. Hire some professional bespoke furniture designers and plan out what kind of furniture would be appropriate for the new space.  Some considerations when choosing the furniture:

  • Make sure the furniture are not too heavy
  • Make sure they are built according to the available space
  • The furniture should be able to withstand extreme temperature
  • The furniture should provide ample storage space

Another important consideration is whether you can take up a DIY project or you need to hire professionals. By hiring professionals you can get the job done quickly but the budget would be a bit higher; whereas if you choose to do it yourself, you can lower the expenses but the time taken might be a longer.
If you have decided to convert the loft, consider the above factors and plan accordingly.