Making the most of our home and living space is a priority in most people’s minds. Not only thinking of comfortable living but also considering the future.
It is a known fact that taking into account economic booms and busts, over the last century, property prices have continued to grow and outstrip inflation. The shortage of available properties in our ever increasing population seems to indicate this will continue.
Therefore, money spent on extending a property by way of a loft conversion, if done well, should bring a better lifestyle as well as financial rewards when deciding to sell in the future.
A loft space in most properties is just a wasted void, and at first look, it is all too easy just to insulate and plasterboard the rafters and put down a chipboard floor. This creates a usable space, but care should be taken before spending any money that may be wasted before taking expert advice on the best and most cost-effective way to proceed.
You will also want to consider what the extra space is going to be used for. Depending on the house shape and size, a loft conversion will have a floor area equivalent to the ceilings in the rooms below. A standard three-bed semi has the potential of yielding a large space which could include a main room, plus storage or another facility, like on suite, depending on access to facilities. There are also many other things you should consider before starting your loft conversion project. You can read our post here on what you should consider before starting a loft conversion.
Two vital points that must take early consideration is head height and natural light.
Minimum legal ceiling height has now been removed from Building Regulations. However, practicable height should be a minimum of 2.1m. Standard height of ceilings is 2.4m.
Most loft areas, by design, have slanting roofs. Priority must be to establish whether Dorma or Velux windows are installed.
It is always advisable to try to decide in advance as to what the loft conversion will be used for. Initially, it may be the intention to create a playroom for the kids, so they can leave their toys around without cluttering the rest of the house.
Possibly a workroom, studio or study. It is very easy to get caught up in the urgency of creating a particular space, but forget what happens when you come to sell. Any potential buyers may not be looking for the same uses. Some may be put off buying because they cannot see the potential of spending money to change to their ideas.
It is standard Estate Agent jargon to speak of three bed, four bed or five-bed houses, so when you come to sell it is practicable to be able to easily convert your study or whatever room you choose, to a presentable bedroom. This should ensure the best price for your property, but standard and presentation is paramount.
Any thoughts of a loft conversion must start with finding a reputable expert who can advise on the current legislation regarding planning and building regulations. An expert who can also advise on best use of space, lighting and insulation, and also a firm quote and timescale to complete.
It is important to make sure that you take into consideration every aspect of a loft conversion and seek the advice of an experienced professional before beginning. For more information, read our article on the important considerations of your loft conversion.