Increase the value of the property and add extra living space, using the following steps
Make the most of your loft and improve your home
The reason loft conversions are one of the most popular ways to add space and value to your property is that in most cases they don’t require planning permission. Follow our general guidelines to a ‘making-your-life-easy’ loft conversion building project in a nutshell:
- Start with surveying the structure properly especially the roof structure, hire consultants if you need to save money and time later
- Plan, design and budget everything in advance, so there are no surprises on the go
- Add contingency to the budget! There will always be a couple items unaccounted for
- Choose a contractor that you can trust and make constant communication with your project manager a priority because if things aren’t built the way you imagined, it’s very costly and timely to amend later. (Did you know that at Temza we have our own in house construction team? Learn more about it here)
- Depending on the scope of the works there might be an additional weight on the structure of the house: speak with an engineer to see if any reinforcement is needed
What spaces are best suited for a loft?
Guest and children bedrooms are always a good idea so they can enjoy a little bit of privacy. Studies and spaces for a home office can also work well for the same reason: you can work in a quiet and undisturbed location with possibly even a beautiful view!
It’s unusual to plan for living space to be on the top floor. However, if the view is amazing from the top floor, you might want to consider it – keeping in mind that your guests will need to climb up the entirety of the house.
General tips and tricks:
Storage and sometimes furniture, in general, can be tricky to find for awkwardly shaped spaces like lofts, so your best bet to maximise the available space is custom made joinery. Make sure to set a considerable chunk of the budget aside for this! No to loft conversion space is the same, so standard box solutions won’t work. Instead, these spaces often lend themselves to creative, unusual solutions, so treat it as your playing field for your creative mind and see what you can achieve! It might not be easy, but for sure it will be satisfactory in the end!