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Generally, loft conversions from most companies can become expensive. This is due to the amount of labour and material costs that go into turning your storage space into a useful room from your (or our) designs. But it also does raise the total value to your property by thousands, if not tens of thousands.
Another reason why homeowners opt for attic or loft conversions is to gain new means of income. Renting out converted attics can be a good source of income. But, before planning for this venture, you need to make sure that you have sufficient space. Not to mention, you need to call in experts to assess your establishment first to ensure safety. And, you also need to call in experts to help you convert you attic. This is important to ensure that you can make attics functional and appealing.
Another great benefit to having an attic conversion is for someone who's running a business from home. From experience I know a home office can quickly be turned into a quasi-nursery or ad-hoc laundry room. If you're serious about running your own business then the fewer distractions you have - the better. So being away from the hustle and bustle of the daily goings on of the house will help you focus much better on your business.
Another important thing to consider is exactly what you want to do with the space that is present in your attic at this very moment. If you want to expand your attic while converting it then it can be done as long as it is included in the original plans. If there are any particular things you are looking to have done, then now would be the time to plan for them. You should try not to over stretch yourself and your budget unless you have sufficient funds to cover the project without "breaking the bank".
Inspect the attic room thoroughly and check how much of a headroom space is available. To convert an attic into a habitable place, you would require 2.1 meters of minimum headroom space.
Since the attic is a room which is just below the roof, it will be slightly warmer and colder during summer and winter months, respectively, than the other rooms in the house. For this reason, the attic should be properly insulated to create a comfortable living atmosphere.
You will also need to install plumbing if you intend using your attic conversion as a bedroom with ensuite. Depending on the available space on the upstairs landing you can have a stairs fitted which can make your attic conversion more a part of the house. If not it is very simple to have an attic ladder fitted which folds away very neatly. This is not a costly operation but it is necessary so that you have easy access to your newly fitted conversion.
Lighting is of the utmost importance in an attic, and the most common way to achieve this is positioning windows in the roof area. Depending on the style and height of the roof, it is also possible to place windows in the gable end of the house, and this in turn, will give amble lighting in your new room. It is no surprise that many people also look at attic conversion as a way of adding value to their home. Instead of selling your original 3 bed you now potentially have a 4 bed house. So, while you wait out the tough times you can look at renovating your attic as a means of investment for when the property market picks up again.
The cost of a standard 3 bed semi attic conversions starts at €12000. The work is completed in 10 working days. We have converted attics all over Dublin, Kildare, Meath and Wicklow. Call us if you have any questions about your house or roof configuartion. Our expert team have found solutions that our customers have had. Call 01 5255297.
However, it is good to mention that the existing roof and its basic framework can also make the creation of the loft very difficult and more expensive than it should be, especially when the plan of the existing building does not make any provision for the addition of a loft. It is, therefore, necessary to make provision for a loft in the original plan of your home. If such plan was not initially made, there is the possibility that the roof may be modified for the creation of the attic. Attic conversion is not a project that should be rushed into. You need to plan the entire project carefully. If you are planning on converting your attic space into useful living units, you have to observe the following steps.
Attic conversions not only add versatility to your home and it also increases the floor space and re-sale value as well. You can have that office, studio, bedroom or just plain extra living space you have always wanted.
As previously stated, checking for electricity in the space is important, as well as how many junction boxes there are. A single light hanging from the ceiling is not going to be adequate for a living space. If you are planning to include a powder room, see if there is plumbing coming up to the attic. If your home is heating via a furnace and cooled in the same manner, locate the nearest ducting to see if it can be extended. Depending on the size of the attic, the age and condition of the home, it may be necessary to consult a structural engineer. This is an important step. When you are adding so much extra weight to the structure, it is crucial to have an expert evaluate the integrity of the building.
Most municipal bylaws demand at least two inspections, one before construction begins when the walls are down to the studs and all electrical is exposed. The second is conducted when everything is finished. However, be prepared for an inspection at certain intervals, such as before and after electrical or plumbing is moved. Most of the time building inspectors are reasonable, even willing to help. They do not want to keep returning out to the job site, but they do want the building to be safe.