Planning your dream loft conversion can be an exciting time with the ability to fully customise the new room in your home. Whilst loft conversions can offer a wide variety of options to choose from to fit your needs and style choices, there are a few things you should consider to help guide your decisions to avoid changes later on down the line. Here are five key things to consider when planning your loft conversion.
1. Planning Permission
One of the first things to consider when planning your loft conversion is planning permission. It is important to check whether you will need planning permission before any plans are set or any work started on your property to ensure you are following any legal guidelines. In some cases, planning permission is not required for loft conversions. However, if your home is in a protected area or your estate has specific rules related to renovations it is key you get the proper planning permission before work starts as this may affect what you can do with your property.
2. Heating Your Loft
Another key point to consider when planning your loft conversion is how you will be heating your loft. Attic spaces in general can get quite chilly in the winter months so take a bit of time to consider how is best to keep your loft conversion warm. You may be able to extend your home’s heating source into the loft space and add radiators or you may need to consider other forms of heating in your loft space such as plug-in heat sources however it is important these are tested and completely safe before being added to your loft. Your loft conversion specialist should take the time to add the proper insulation to your loft in order to keep the heat in during the winter and out during the summer to allow you to use your loft space properly.
3. Lighting Your Loft
Whilst loft spaces are not usually known as light, airy spaces, the way you design your loft conversion can help to combat this. Loft conversion design can help you plan on how you are going to light your new loft bedroom. Lofts can incorporate window skylights into the roof space for a bright and airy feel or add dormer windows to the sides of your new loft extension to bring in natural light with added space. If you will need additional lighting added to your loft extension plans, make sure you think about where you will be placing lights and plug sockets for plug-in lighting as these will need to be wired in by an electrician.
4. Planning & Adding Your Furniture
One of the biggest elements in loft conversion design, especially in budget loft conversions is where furniture will live, what furniture will be needed and how it will be fitted into the loft space. You may find a fully-constructed super-king-sized bed difficult to fit through a narrow stairwell for example. When planning your loft conversion, make sure you factor in furniture to your loft conversion floor plan to ensure you have the right headspace and floor space for the item of furniture you are planning to put there. Lofts often have a lot of odd corners which can be brilliant spots for storage but maybe not such a good idea for seating where people might accidentally bang their heads when getting up. There’s nothing worse than buying a lot of beautiful expensive furniture only to find it doesn’t fit in your loft so be sure to think about what furniture you need in your new loft room and what will realistically fit in the space you have.
5. Decorating Your Loft Space
One of the most exciting parts of building your loft conversion is without doubt the decorating stage. Loft conversion design is different to decorating other types of rooms because the emphasis should be on light and space. Most people are not blessed with oversized loft spaces so it is important to make sure that every inch of space is used to the best of its ability and loft conversion design works with decor ideas to create a practical space that won’t feel cramped. Loft conversions are often home to some really unusual proportions such as alcoves which can be really fun to play around with in terms of design. Many people choose to leave these elements visible whilst others cover them.
Above all, choosing the right loft conversion specialist is key to creating your dream attic conversion. An experienced house conversion expert will be able to guide and advise every step of the way and will help incorporate your ideas into the very earliest stages of loft conversion planning to ensure any snags are caught before they become a problem.
If you are ready to start planning your dream loft conversion now, get in touch with the experts online or by calling 01922 402720 to find out more about how we can bring your loft conversion ideas to life.