So you’re considering converting your loft? Congratulations, what a good idea! A loft conversion or attic room is a fantastic way to add extra living space to your property (if you need any more convincing, we have a whole list of reasons why attic conversions are great!) When planning a conversion though, there are a few key aspects that many people fail to consider – have a read through to make sure you are fully prepared and in the know…
Access to your Loft Conversion
Before we get into the details of how to plan for a loft conversion itself, it’s worth paying some attention to how you’re going to access it! Many people plan what their loft room will be used for without leaving space in their plans for any kind of entry or exit. Perhaps you’d like a lovely bespoke staircase created for your loft? If that’s the case, don’t forget to consider how much space this will be taking up both in your attic room layout as well as on the floor below.
The Weight of your new Attic Room
When converting a loft into a functional living space, more often than not the loft floor will need some kind of reinforcement anyway. If you’re planning to do something extra exciting though, like perhaps creating a new home gym, there’s one thing you’ll definitely need to consider – weight! If you’re attic conversion is about to be filled with particularly heavy equipment or furniture, it’s always best to inform your loft conversion specialist beforehand to make sure that any necessary reinforcements are implemented.
Electricity in your Loft Room
One great thing about converting an attic or loft is that you’re essentially starting with a blank canvas, so you can design your loft room from scratch – and make it fit for purpose! So, whether it’s going to be a home office with computers, a studio with equipment, or just a bedroom with some nice lamps, you’ll need to consider where your electrical items will be plugged in. Don’t be afraid to let your professional loft conversion team know exactly where you would like your plug sockets to be. If planned properly, your new attic conversion can work perfectly for you, without the need for any kind of extension cable!
Attic Conversion Plumbing
Similarly, if you plan on transforming your loft into a beautiful bathroom or even just if you’re planning a room with en-suite, you’ll need to consider what plumbing will go where. You must let your loft conversion company know where you would like any baths, showers, sinks, or toilets in your loft, that way plans can be adjusted accordingly.
Ensuring Natural Light in the Loft
Of course, you can perfectly plan where your nice floor or side-table lamps will be, but there are other things to consider when it comes to considering lighting your loft. Natural light is the best kind of light you can get, and there’s no excuse to miss out on it when you’re creating a room at the very top of the house! You’d be surprised how happy it will make you and your family to invest a little time and effort into making your loft conversion as bright and airy as possible. So, consider discussing window alterations with your attic conversion specialists. Dormer extensions, hip to gable alterations, and roof lights are three great options.
Consider your Motivations – are you designing this loft conversion for yourself?
All too often, people’s main motivation behind a loft conversion is simply because they see it as an investment to increase the value of the house. While it’s true that converting the loft can often add more value onto your property than the cost of the conversion in the first place, this shouldn’t be your only reason for considering one! Be sure to plan your loft room as a homeowner and family member first and foremost, and as an investor second. Don’t get sucked into designing the room with profit in mind – you and your family will be living in this house, so make the most of the extra room! You should plan your loft conversion room as a functional living space that you would love to spend time in. Then, if it does happen to make you money later down the line, just consider it a nice bonus!
Don’t lose all your Loft Storage!
Everyone knows that the loft is usually where you shove old nik naks, suitcases, and christmas decorations when they’ve got nowhere else to go. But if your loft becomes a bathroom, bedroom, or office, where do these items go? Don’t lose out storage space when converting your attic! Turning your attic room into a great functional space doesn’t mean you can’t add some fantastic loft storage options into the plan, like built-in eave units, mirrored wardrobes, basket boxes, or under-stairs/under-bed drawers. In fact, if you get your attic storage planning right, you’ll have just as many places to put things, only they’ll much more organised and accessible than when they used to be just ‘shoved in’.
Always Hire a Professional Loft Conversion Company.
Finally, never try to convert your loft yourself! DIY loft conversions encounter so many problems, ranging from the irritating (incorrect insulation leading to an extremely hot or cold loft) to the downright awful (leaks, structural damage, collapsed floors, and building regulation violations!). Consulting and hiring professional loft conversion specialists will ensure that the job is done properly, in line with the correct regulations, and to your exact specifications. Contact Alvaston Loft Conversions today for free information about how we can make your dream loft become a reality!