If you are anything like us, you have probably spent the past few months dreaming of ways to improve your home. Whether it is a lick of paint, a new sofa or something more substantial, there is no doubt the pandemic has got the home renovation juices flowing amongst the great British public.
One of the most popular home renovations in recent years has been the loft conversion. Perhaps it’s no surprise, after all turning that space above your roof that accumulates junk into something functional and an actual part of your home can not only be practical but a good way to add value to your property long-term.
This year alone 11% of the projects posted to Archilink have been loft conversions making it the 3rd most enquired about renovation type on the platform in 2020.
With that in mind we thought it right to weigh in on the topic and put forward our top 5 tips for any homeowner thinking about a loft conversion.
Tip 1: Think carefully about the value you could add to your property
It might sound like a given that converting your loft space into an additional room will automatically add value to your house but as with everything in life, the devil is usually in the detail. Many factors go into home value and before committing to a conversion on the assumption it will add value its important to do some deeper research. Looking at similar properties who have converted a loft and comparing property values is a good place to start. Likewise asking analysing expenditure and how likely you are to recoup that investment should be considered to avoid another common pitfall when it comes to renovations of all kinds. Of course, consulting someone with experience and knowledge in the area is always advisable as well.
Tip 2: Assess suitability
It is worth remembering that not every property can or should convert its loft. Indeed, for what you want to achieve there might be better and cheaper alternatives. Lofts can be tricky to assess when it comes to how much physical space there is with things like roof height, type and pitch all critical factors to consider before converting. After all you want to want to be able to use the space once its finished! Asking around your street and see if anyone has converted is always a quick-fire way to gauge this.
Tip 3: Investigate planning requirements
One of the main advantages of loft conversions are its likely planning permission requirements with most projects not needing any, falling under something called “permitted development” of a property automatically. Good news, however, it is vital that any work comply with legal building standards and conditions. In each case your contractor and architect will be able to advise and of course if you are in any doubt you should contact your local authorities.
Tip 4: Getting the right contractors
As with any project, who carries it out on your behalf will ultimately determine its success and quality. Loft conversions in general are a fairly standard building change and as such most reputable architects and contractors will be able to undertake such a project. If you are looking to get more information or connect with a specialist architect in your area why not post your project to Archilink today.
Tip 5: Turning your loft into a showstopper
One of the most exciting things about a loft conversion is the versatility and options you have when it comes to décor and putting your own stamp on the space. One option that comes with a loft conversion and one sure to add that something special is to flood the room with sky light with a velux or large window turning one of the darkest places in your home into an incredibly open one.
So, there you have it, five easy tips for making sure your loft conversion is a success. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team today.