Loft Conversion Ideas for all Budgets

If you’re looking to upsize your home but you’re not quite ready to relocate, then a loft conversion can offer the perfect alternative. Whether you opt for a new bedroom, bathroom, office or living room – a loft conversion can completely transform your home. Not to mention provide you with extra space! Additionally, a loft conversion can add up to 20% to the value of a property, making it a worthwhile investment. These loft conversion ideas will be sure to spark your imagination and get you one step closer to transforming your home.

Loft conversions: what you need to know

When it comes to loft conversions, there are a few considerations you need to bear in mind before starting any work.

Building regulations

When you’re converting your loft space, the safety of the occupants should be the ultimate priority. It’s vital that the room has the correct fire doors, windows and a means of escape in the event of a fire. Not only is this an important safety aspect, but if these regulations are not met, you’ll be unable to class your loft as a bedroom if you ever decide to sell your home.

Planning permission

Planning permission is not usually required for loft conversions as it’s considered to be permitted development. However, there are certain cases when planning permission will be required. For example, if you’re intending to extend or alter the roof space, or exceed specified limits and conditions, including:

  •      The building products must be similar in appearance to the existing house
  •      Verandas, balconies and raised platforms are not permitted
  •      The extension cannot be higher than the highest point of the roof
  •      Side-facing windows must be obscure-glazed
  •      The house cannot be on designated land or a listed building

Is your property suitable?

Before you get too excited about your loft conversion, you need to establish whether or not your property is suitable. One of the most obvious considerations is whether or not there is enough space in your loft, as there’s no point investing a lot of money into a room which isn’t suitable for use.

In addition to adequate space to move around, there should be a minimum head height of 2.3m. If your roof space is less than the recommended 2.3m there are often ways around this, but they will involve additional work, planning permission and require a larger budget.

Furthermore, you need to establish whether the structure of your home can take the additional weight of a loft conversion. This will require exposing the foundations in order to check them, as well as inspecting any beams on lintels that will be required to carry extra weight.

Heating

Space is precious in loft conversions, so it’s important to carefully consider the best heating system for the room. Radiators take up precious wall space in loft conversions, however, underfloor heating is a popular alternative.

Not only does underfloor heating free up limited wall space, but it also provides an efficient, cost-effective heating solution. With options to install over the existing floor or between joists, underfloor heating is the ideal heating solution for a loft conversion, especially when head height is an issue.

Think outside the box

When people convert their lofts, they often use the space as extra bedrooms. However it’s always advisable to think outside the box as they can be transformed into a variety of rooms. These loft conversion ideas are sure to spark your imagination:

  •      Office
  •      Dining area
  •      Sitting room
  •      Children’s playroom
  •      Home gym
  •      Games room
  •      Yoga studio
  •      Laundry room
  •      Cinema room

No matter what you decide to use your new room for, a loft conversion could be the perfect way to transform any home. Have you converted your loft? We’d love to hear from you on our Twitter and Facebook!

 

Category

Home Improvement

Date

18th May 2018

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