Things To Consider When Planning A Loft Conversion
If you need some extra space but don’t want to move or drastically change the look of your property, a loft conversion is a great way of gaining space while adding character and value to your home. However, even though it’s not as dramatic as a major extension project, there are still some important factors you need to consider.
Here are the main things to consider when planning a loft conversion.
Is It Suitable?
The first thing you’ll need to establish is whether your roof area is suitable for a loft conversion. Considerations include, roof height, access and obstacles such as low rafters.
Depending on your plans, whether you want dormer windows and if you live in a conservation area, you’ll also need to find out if planning permission is required.
What purpose do you want the loft conversion for? Here are just a few possibilities:
- Office – if you work from home and need a quiet, comfortable place away from the rest of the house, a converted loft area is perfect.
- Bedroom – a sloped ceiling, wooden rafters and quirky nooks and crannies are ideal for transforming your loft area into a beautiful, character-filled bedroom. An en-suite bathroom, if viable, is an added possibility which will help increase your property value.
- Games Room - A loft conversion makes the perfect teenager refuge and games room. Consider adding sound proof flooring to control noise levels and if you want to add a snooker table, remember to check the height and width of the room beforehand!
If your loft was previously used for storage, you’ll need to consider where to re-locate items. The eaves space are ideal for designing bespoke storage areas and can help save floor space.
A proper loft conversion will need a proper staircase, not just a ladder. If the landing below is small, a spiral staircase can add character as well as saving valuable landing space.
Skylights are popular and easy ways to add natural light. If you want dormer windows, you’ll need to check planning regulations as larger installations will require planning permission.
Floor and table lamps can create a warm atmosphere and down lights and recessed spotlights will give plenty of light without causing obstruction.
If the project involves removing roof tiles, a waterproof membrane over the rafters provides effective insulation. If the outer roof isn’t being removed, a ventilation path between the ceiling and rafters can be installed.
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