When it comes to renovating your home, one of the key things people want is more space. Creating more space in a home can sometimes be difficult, especially if you intend to build an extension. However, building an extension is not the only way to create some extra room in your home, another great alternative is to convert your loft. Converting the loft space is a really great way of creating some spare room in your home and it doesn’t require as much construction work as an extension.
If you are thinking of potentially converting the loft in your home, then there are a few things you need to consider. Although converting can be easier than building an extension, it doesn’t mean that it is a completely simple process. In this article, we will go over 6 things you need to consider when converting your loft. So, keep on reading to find out more!
What Is Your Budget
One of the first things you will need to consider when converting your loft is your budget. It should go without saying, but converting a loft space can cost a fair amount of money, so it is important that you are aware of the price of the conversion. Depending on what you intend to use the space for, you may end up spending more money, as you will want it finished to a higher standard. For example, if you want to create an extra bedroom, then you will need to spend money on carpeting and insulating the room. However, if you just want some extra storage space, then you will not need to spend as much money on making the room look presentable and nice. Working out your budget before you begin the work is essential, so make sure you spend some time sorting out your finances.
Your Intentions For The Space
As mentioned above, one important aspect you must consider when converting a loft is what your intentions are for that space. One of the best things about a loft conversion is that you get to decide what to do with that space. Having that sense of freedom can open up many different opportunities for you, so it would be a good idea to make a detailed conversion plan. If you already have a rough idea as to what you want your loft to be turned into, it would be beneficial to flesh out those plans into something more cohesive. This way, you can show your plan to your builders, and they can bring your vision to life. Knowing your intentions and being able to create a detailed plan will just make the renovation process that little bit easier, so make sure you come up with a well-thought-out plan.
Arranging A Bat Survey
Another important thing you need to get sorted out before you convert your loft is arranging a bat survey. Within the UK, the population of bats has been in a rapid decline over the last century, so they are now considered to be a protected species. Because of this, it means that it is against the law to harm or kill bats and you can also be prosecuted if you intentionally disturb bats when they are at roost. Therefore, when you are going through your loft conversion process, you must ensure that you arrange a bat survey, to check that there are no bats roosting in your loft. Lofts can be a popular place for bats to roost as they are a warm, cosy space that is usually undisturbed. Even if there aren’t any signs of bats in your loft, it would be beneficial to get it checked out, just to be on the safe side.
Ensure The Space Is Free From Damp
Before you get to work on converting your loft, you must ensure that there is no dampness. Lofts are, unfortunately, quite a hot spot for dampness as leaks from the roof can cause excess moisture in the air. Even a small crack in a roof tile can cause mould and damp to form in your loft, so you will have to hire someone to complete a full check before you start converting the loft. Fixing damp and mould only becomes more difficult the more you leave it, so it is best to get it sorted right away. The last thing you want is for your beautiful new spare bedroom to be taken over by mould, as this can be a very expensive fix. Therefore, hire a professional and have them survey your loft for any damp and have it treated as soon as possible.
Choose A Building Company
While it is possible to convert a loft by yourself, more often than not, you will need some help from professionals. Especially if you are planning on installing new floorboards, carpet, and electricity running through the loft, you will need a team of people to help you. Choosing the right building company is an important part of the process and you may find that this takes some time. However, as long as you aren’t in a major rush, it is always better to wait for a company you trust, than to take a risk with a company that doesn’t have a good reputation. A great way to find a reputable company is to check out reviews online or even just ask friends who have had their loft converted for some recommendations.
If you have some extra money in your budget, then it could be a good idea to install some windows in your loft conversion. Especially, if you want the loft to be a spare bedroom, you will want the room to have some natural light, so installing some skylight is a great way of adding some natural light into the space. While adding windows can be a little expensive, ultimately, you have to think about whether spending that extra will be worth it in the long run. If you intend to sell the house later down the line, then having a converted loft with windows will increase the value of your property by quite a bit.
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