The final floorboards have gone in and the waft of fresh paint has just about left the air. Now you’re standing in the middle of your brand new loft conversion and the fun really starts. It’s from this point that you get to make your unique mark. The interior style you choose will help make the most of this space and ensure the investment you’ve made pays off. These days, it doesn’t matter if you’re the most stylistically minded. Websites like Pinterest and Instagram are bursting at the seams, offering up endless interior inspiration. And, even with all this content, we understand how hard it can be to get it right. How do you make sure you have ample storage? Will that quirky eave become a useful and practical space?
Loft conversions are tricky work. There is so much that goes into their planning, building and finishing. It’s understandable that, as normal people, we will have next to no idea what most of the jargon and technical language means. Any loft conversion should be agreed in an informed manner. This means you should understand as much of what you’re signing up to as possible – including all those technical terms. So, today we bring you our jargon buster. We’ve picked up a list of the most popular (and sometimes confusing terms) used during a loft conversion and broken them down. So, browse through and learn everything you need to know before proceeding with your renovation.
Once you’ve sorted out your loft conversion insurance, its now time to consider the layout. Don’t worry – your architect and/or builder will be able to take a directing role in this if you’re unsure of where to start. However, it does help to have a clear idea of the sort of style, look and interior you’re hoping to achieve. In this edition of our loft conversion guide, we’re going to be discussing different aspects and considerations you may want to think about with your new conversion layout.
As we move through our Beginners Guide, it is time to take a look at one of the most defining factors on hand – the cost. Although it would be near impossible to give an accurate quote for your specific renovation, we can begin to form a rough estimate. It is important to consider every potential cost you could encounter, even those more obscure charges, that you could find yourselves faced with. This helps to ensure you have budgeted for everything and reduces the risk of unexpected costs.
Embarking on any construction or home renovation project is a big job. No matter how big the change is, there are a lot of things to consider when you structural alter the inside or outside of your home. Loft conversions are no exception. This is why most people turn to architects and builders when they decide to proceed with this work. It is entirely normal to hire both an experienced architect and a builder. Each one has a wealth of knowledge – hopefully within your chosen project – and can support you throughout the entire build.
Moving through our Beginners Guide to Loft Conversions, let’s take a moment to talk about the different types. It may seem a simple process – simply clear out the space in your loft, insulate and decorate, right? But, in actual fact, there are a number of different loft types to choose from. Understanding each of these different variations will allow you to start building a realistic budget, designing the final layout and obtaining a factual image of what your room will look like.
Adding a loft conversion to any home is a great way to add both space and value. They give you the freedom to design and create the room you want. Whether you’re looking to dedicate space to an office or extra bedroom, the dead space in your loft is a great option. Rooms within lofts provide an interesting and unique internal space that is usually considerably easier than building extensions.
Whether you’re increasing the value of your property or need extra space to welcome in a new family addition, consider a loft conversion. They work on the idea of improving your home rather than going through the stress and strains of moving to another building. Alongside this, they give you a freedom that most traditional home buyers never truly get to appreciate. That is the opportunity to design a home to your exact specifications where everything sits where you always imagined. Everything from the position of the light fittings to how many plug sockets a room has and where your main source of light comes from. All of these things and more can be tweaked to suit your needs and help to create a home that you are truly proud of.