Things to Consider For Your Loft Conversion
Is it time to convert your loft into extra living space?
When we purchase a house, we have our ideal qualities that make up the “dream home.” Whether it’s a loft for the aspiring fashion designer, the studious medical student or two excited newlyweds, our idea of a dream home can change as we embark on various life changes.
Maybe business is really taking off for the fashion designer, but he can’t afford to purchase office space. Or the med student finds a roommate to help pay off the mortgage. Maybe the newlyweds are expecting their first baby, but need room for a nursery.
Whatever the case may be, a loft conversion can be a good alternative, depending on what type of space we need to live in.
It’s more cost-effective than adding an extra building to your loft or demolishing it completely. According to an article on Cleveland.com, demolishing a building can cost between $7,500 and $10,000, depending on the structure of the building.
Loft conversions can also add value to your home and make an older model home more marketable.
However, loft conversions can be complicated. If you’re thinking of converting your loft, take a look at this checklist to see if your home is suitable for a conversion.
Have you figured out what your short-term and long-term needs are?
o Sure, you may want that extra room for an office, but for how long? Do you have the type of job that expects you to travel a lot or relocate from time to time? If you want it for a nursery, are you planning to have more kids in the future?
o Be sure your idea isn’t too complicated or difficult to adjust to in the coming years. What may be ideal for your situation now may be different down the road.
Will the room require an air ventilation system?
o If the answer to this is yes and the room does not currently have air conditioning, this is something to keep in mind. Attics are common rooms that are converted in a house. According to GreenBuildingAdvisor.com, these rooms usually don’t have air conditioning or vents to keep out the heat. You may have to insulate the roof.
o Otherwise, if the room is small enough, you can place a fan there instead.
Is the floor plan of your home suitable for your need for the extra room?
o The actual building of your home and the type of roof it has can substantially influence the design you have in mind. According to John Coults, the author of Loft Conversions, it’s best to get detailed drawings of the whole loft, including construction details and measurements.
o Unless you’re certified in construction or home design, it’s a good idea to invest in the services of someone who is.
Do you live in a state or country where you need to apply for planning permission?
o For a country like the U.K., you need planning permission when you lengthen or change the roof space to the point that it exceeds specified limits and conditions.
o This can actually restrict your building plans and prevent you from doing certain things. Check your state, country or province’s regulations.
At simplyloftladders.co.uk we understand that it can be a complex process having your loft converted, but be sure to check these points before starting.