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Transform your property with a loft conversion

POSTED ON 05 MAY 2017

Convert your dreams into a reality by adapting your loft space into something truly magical!

There are many different, innovative ways to add significant value to a property, and there are a host of reasons why a loft conversion is one of the most popular ways to do this. Loft conversions are much less disruptive than most types of extensions to a property, since, by definition, the loft space itself wouldn’t currently be in any significant use, and would also be tucked away on the very top floor. Therefore the conversion wouldn’t be getting in the way of your life too much.

In addition, loft space conversions are generally one of the easiest and most cost effective ways of obtaining additional living space in your home. So, whether it be a study, a gym, a games room or something even more unique, allow us to enlighten you on everything you’ll need to know before embarking on your conversion.

Among the most popular kinds of loft space conversions are probably additional bedrooms, perhaps with en suite facilities, or another family-sized bathroom, study spaces and even self-contained annex accommodation. Home gymnasiums can also be popular ideas, since it’s the kind of segmented and secluded living space which is ideal for a room in which it wouldn’t be ideal for young children to explore around, given the potentially dangerous equipment at hand.

Providing there’d be enough room, even more extravagant ideas could be converted into your home using your loft space, such as a cinema room with several rows of chairs and a large HD TV with a surround sound system in place. A cinema or general entertainments room, along with a games room (in which one could practice playing musical instruments), could be especially suited to the loft level, since the noise given off from such rooms would be less disruptive in such a distanced position in the home. If the loft has no windows, prohibiting light from lessening the whole cinema experience, it would be even more perfect. However, if it’s a cosy reading room you want, or a children’s playroom, an abundance of natural light via skylight windows would surely be welcomed.

One of the most important things to keep in mind, however, is retaining as much space as possible. If the loft space is already restricted, a bedroom with an en suite might not be the best idea, since this could significantly reduce space in the main bedroom area, and might ultimately prove to be a problem if you eventually decide to sell the property. With limited space, something like a nursery may be ideal, or a hobbies room. Some truly spectacular, inspiring views can easily be enjoyed from loft spaces, making it just perfect for the creation of art!

There is potentially so much creative scope with loft conversions that it’s very easy to get carried away with ideas. However, there are important factors you will need to consider before converting your dreams into a reality. Providing you do actually own the loft space, planning permission usually won’t be required. If you’re planning on extending the roof space and/or exceeding specified limits, it might be best to consult with your local planning department to understand what exactly you are and are not allowed to do. Furthermore, for loft conversions building regulations apply so make sure the structural strength of the new floor is sufficient, the stability of the existing structure is not endangered, there are safely-designed stairs to the new floor, and reasonable sound insulation is in place between the conversion and the rooms below (which would be particularly essential if the conversion is going to be a loud room, such as a games room or cinema room). Fire safety regulations are also something with which you may need to comply with.

Certain aspects with loft conversions, such as the plumbing system, often get realised at too late a stage, which can make the project take a turn for the worse. The regulation that there must be a minimum of two meters head clearance under and above the stairs should be acknowledged nice and early too to avoid any nasty complications further down the line. In addition, the insulation properties of your home may need to be improved to assist towards a smooth and timely loft conversion. It would of course be more cost-effective to do the loft conversion yourself, but many people decide to use the services of professionals. You could use a specialist loft conversion company, an architect or building surveyor – or simply just an experienced builder. Depending on the type of property it is, the loft conversion can take typically around four to six weeks to complete, so not as long as many types of extensions, an attribute which only adds to the overall appeal of a loft space conversion.

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