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You may be thinking about extending to accommodate a growing family and need that extra bedroom, or perhaps to provide more space so that you can work from home. Rather than face the upheaval and expense of moving to find a larger property, you are absolutely right to stay put in an area you know and like and extend instead. Your home potentially has the scope to provide the extra rooms that you need and that is where we can help you with our loft conversion or home extension design and build and project management service.
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 use for an attic conversion is for people who have an artistic side. Artists, writers, sculptors etc. would no doubt find endless amounts of inspiration with a light filled, spacious room that's cordoned off from the rest of the house.
So the next step would be to sit down and look at some interior design magazines, discuss the possible use of the attic conversion - and if your budget can afford it then you should start contacting your local builders for tenders - and remember to always check their work history and portfolio.
The many advantages that one gets out of an attic conversion can be extremely tempting, but prior to starting the conversion project, one has to make sure whether the project is feasible or not. How do you do that? Here are some of the basic requirements to ensure that you can have a successful conversion:
The above points are only the basics of conversion which are required to check the feasibility of the project. Conversions are growing in popularity as we speak, because of their many benefits, affordability and the convenience of the homeowner to be able to get free space in their own home without having to go through the stressful process of moving. Also, the value of the house increases by an approximate 20%. It's a win-win situation for the homeowners, in case they opt for this option to improve their home and add value to it.
But it can also be used for a variety of purposes such as a guest bedroom with ensuite or a recreation room for the family. Another huge growth area lately has been the "home office" culture and where better to create a new office than in the attic. Not only will it be filled with tonnes of natural light (which is great especially if you're going to stick to a fairly rigid 9-5 routine) - but also it benefits from being kept away from the downstairs which can be disruptive.
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.
You must also consider what you want to do with the space that's present in your attic at the very moment. You may also wish to expand your attic while converting it and this can be done properly as well. Should you find any specific task that you want to complete after that, it would also be ideal to prepare them ahead of time. In a project such as this one, timing is everything and an experienced contractor would know how to work things out on schedule.
Attic conversions of this size will call for a great handy man or a couple different tradesmen like an electrician, plumber, finisher, HVAC specialist and possibly others. You want to get estimates for each job and choose carefully when hiring a contractor. The last steps will be preparations for all the finishing touches. Choosing the flooring, the paint, wallpaper and accessories are the fun part. It can turn your dull attic into the room of your dreams.
Before heading into a renovation it is vital to know exactly what you are getting into, or at least as much as possible. After you have cleared all the clutter, furniture and cobwebs out of the space take a close look at every square foot of the room. You are looking for signs of critter, bird or insect intrusion, mold, rotting wood, asbestos (depending on the age of the house) and the general condition of the space. If you suspect there is asbestos please be sure to contact a professional to come and test your insulation, as asbestos can be harmful to your health. Check to see if there is insulation under the subfloor. If the walls are dry walled, cut out a small hole in each wall to check for insulation.
Don't forget to incorporate the position of electrical outlets. Use the elements of the attic to your benefit. If there are load bearing vertical beams positioned in odd places, consider using them for the construction of a bed, desk or shelving. Some large older homes are duplexed or split into condos. If your situation fall under one of these headings, and you share a party wall, it may be necessary to gain permission from the owners association or neighbor.