Your Ideal Loft Conversion. Part 1 Of Our 8 part guide
A loft conversion can increase your property value by up to 20%. It can save you the headache, and heartache, of moving house to gain extra room. It can also be an exciting and stylish new space in your home, helping you to achieve the lifestyle you’ve always dreamt of. This guide will take you through the many aspects of converting your loft and help you decide what will work in your space and suit your needs. Our goal is to help you to create a space you will love and be able to enjoy for years to come.
Loft conversions do not have to be boring, practical spaces; they can have the wow factor and become attractive, designed spaces for contemporary living. What kind of space do you want to create in your loft? A master bedroom with luxury ensuite, games room, home office or private retreat?
Your loft conversion could be any of these, with the right space and some imagination.
This guide will take you through the many aspects of converting your loft and help you decide what will work in your space and suit your needs. Our goal is to help you to create a space you will love and be able to enjoy for years to come.
We will also be uploading 8 videos to accompany the blog series. Part 1 is embedded from YouTube below.
We cover the following key factors that will shape your loft conversion – give them some thought now for a stress-free and successful conversion project:
- The loft conversion experts you need on your team
- Types of loft conversion
- How to use natural light to create an amazing space
- Loft staircases and which type is right for you
- Insulation, heating and lighting
- Tips on functional and practical storage that is also innovative and stylish
- Ideas for bathroom designs
- Smart Lofts and smart home automation
The importance of Good Design
A successful loft conversion centres on good design. Good design is the difference between a space that flows with the rest of your home, and one that feels like a bolted on extra. Good design makes sure that you do not lose important space on your first floor, for marginal gains in your loft. Good design will ensure that your new loft room fulfils its purpose, and looks great too.
You do not have to sacrifice good design simply because you are adding a practical space in your loft. While an extra bedroom may be a necessity it can still look great. However, to ensure it works seamlessly with the rest of your home and meets expectations it is advisable to get some expert advice.
You will probably need the help of several different people.
- Architect/technician or building surveyor – this person will prepare the proposed drawings or design for the builders. They will also obtain necessary permissions and help find a suitable builder to manage the project for you.
- Specialist loft conversion company – they can do everything from design and planning, to project managing and building. Their specialist expertise can be invaluable in helping you maximise the potential of your loft space.
- Builders – if you opt for the services of an architect, you will also need to engage a building firm to execute their plans. Find a firm with good experience of conversions to ensure yours progresses smoothly.
When starting the hunt for the right experts at the right price, you will need to obtain various quotes. Make sure that they visit the site first and create a quote from accurate measurements of your space. You should also ask how they expect to minimise dust and noise or water damage (should work need to be done to the existing roof).
Whoever you invite to inspect your loft and give you a quote, expect them to ask you lots of questions about your conversion. They will be looking to ascertain the level of work that will need to be done so that they can give you an accurate quote.
Come back next week for part 2 of our 8 part guide to your ideal loft conversion – “Types of Loft Conversion”.