Save yourself the trouble of an expensive move by vastly expanding living space in your home with the help of a loft conversion East London company.Transforming unused attic square footage into an additional bedroom, home office or recreational space will make your home function much better for your family.
Looking upwards for a solution to your space-crunch can also be much lighter on the wallet than an expensive expansion of your home’s footprint or a tedious and costly hunt for a new property. Loft conversions also add tremendous value to your home. One industry survey concluded that putting in an extra bedroom and bath in a loft could increase a home’s worth by up to 20 percent.
Now is a great time for a loft conversion. When it started gaining currency as the home upgrade of choice about three decades ago, an attic conversion usually delivered a dowdy, poorly lit and purely functional space. But design trends have come a long way since. Most new loft conversions result in airy rooms flooded with natural light. The converted attic could well become your favourite room in the house.
There are a few things to consider before you decide to convert your loft. Consult a designer and determine if the existing loft has enough head height to accommodate the new living space. If there is at least 2.2 m of head height in the existing structure, it could save you making costly alterations to the roof structure. As long as no changes need be made to the roof, you don’t have to apply for planning permission. You will, however, need an official go-ahead under building regulations. And if your home is semi-detached, you need to inform the neighbour with whom you share a wall of your plans to convert the loft.
In case the head height in your loft is less than 2.2 m, there are two solutions. You could either raise the height of the roof or reduce the height of the ceiling on the lower floor. Both of these solutions come at a cost, but they still work out more economical than any other kind of addition to a home. Make sure you consult the designer and builder on addressing the question of properly supporting the added weight on your home’s foundation.
One tip worth noting is that most designers favour continuing the staircase to the loft up from where it already stands. That is the most efficient way to maximise space and ensure smooth flow on the new floor. Proper insulation from heat loss and sound is another must, creating a space that is cozy and quiet.
As you can see, with some careful planning and a relatively small investment, a properly executed loft conversion could be the home improvement solution you’ve been seeking all these years.