Loft conversions have become an extremely popular way for people to add value to their homes. With house prices at an all-time high, people are becoming more inclined to renovate their current property than move house.
If you have an empty loft space, there are lots of benefits to giving yourself an extra bit of usable space in your home. Some advantages include:
- Increase the value of your home
- Add more storage
- Gain an extra bedroom
- Easy process
- Cheaper than moving house
- Planning permission isn’t always required
Whilst these make a loft conversion very tempting, like everything in life, there are still things to think about before you begin. So, here are 4 things to consider when converting your loft.
What room do you want it to be?
If you’ve got plenty of bedrooms, but you’d like the conversion to be a peaceful office or cinema room, your plans will be different. If you’re having a bedroom, you might want to consider an ensuite to add more value to the room and your home. If it’s an office, you might not need a door, saving you money. So, make sure you know exactly what you want from a loft conversion before you begin your talks.
Is it possible?
This might seem like an obvious one, but before you think about a loft conversion, you must find out if you’re eligible. If you’re uncertain about the answer, consider getting an architect or contractor in and ask for their opinion. They will be able to advise you on the structural integrity, square footage and the possibility of planning permission – helping you to make an informed decision.
Loft conversions can often end up being funny shapes thanks to the shape of the roof and windows. So, if you’re going to use it as a bedroom, it’s important to consider where you’re going to fit in some storage.
Fitted wardrobes are an incredible option for loft conversions as they can be made to fit any shape. They help to maximise space too, helping you keep your room as light and open as possible.
More often than not, loft conversion with Velux windows doesn’t require planning permission – making your life extremely straightforward. You can get Velux’s of various sizes and prices it just depends on how much natural light you want/need in your space.
On the other hand, a dormer conversion would give you head height windows with a view – often preferable for some people. However, this may require planning permission, so the choice is yours.