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Loft Conversion: Making the most of your Space

Posted by NK Lofts on 28/06/2013

Making use of all the available space in your home can be tricky, but with a loft conversion you can give yourself extra room with the added bonus of potentially increasing the value of your property. Many people use conversions to create bedrooms, bathrooms, recreational spaces and even quiet office space. Technology is always improving and will help to create an energy saving new addition to your home.

Right now, most attic and loft spaces hold the household junk and debris, but imagine a space that could be used as a master bedroom. Well lit, and with plenty of headspace, you can achieve this with a bedroom conversion. These are simple to complete and can be as easy as creating space for a double bed, or as elaborate as having an en suite bathroom conversion as well. When considering adding a bathroom, however, you may want to take into account how well-suited your home is for the extra plumbing and heating.

Roof conversions take away the fuss over headspace and dimensions by transforming the existing structure to give you more space without compromise. With a roof conversion you wouldn’t be sacrificing any space you might otherwise lose with work done to the ground floor of your property.
For a less drastic way to add headspace, a dormer conversion might be ideal. By projecting away from your roof’s slope you can add ventilation and increase the light into any room with a Dormer for the front, rear and even side of your property. The Dormer conversion does require you to think about the look of your property and those around it though – keeping the design in line with other properties on the street is ideal.

When it comes to choosing your attic conversion, the most important thing to do is to ask questions of your property. Each home is different, as is each person; therefore you might want to consider your neighbours and the planning permission required. If your house has had previous extension work or is a listed building then the rules and regulations will be a key factor in what you will be allowed to do. Remember: a Party Wall Agreement must be in place if any destructive work is planned.

You may also need to decide where to store what is already in your loft once you have a bedroom conversion. Hidden spaces can be added to store boxes and smaller items but larger items will need a new location.

The budget for what you choose to do with the unused space above your house will ultimately affect how much you can do and how long it will take to complete. On average the work can take anywhere from four to eight weeks, but if you are restructuring or have elaborate roof conversion plans, it could take longer. Leaving a blank space will allow you to change your mind on whether the loft conversion is a play area for your children or a guest bedroom, and will be the cheapest option – while a bathroom conversion or luxurious added detail, tailored to your needs, will clearly increase the price of the work needed.