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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.
As a family expands it's only natural that they begin to think about moving to a bigger home. But with the increased uncertainty in the housing market more and more families are looking to renovate their current home, and attic conversions are quickly becoming the most popular way to increase the space in the family home.
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.
Attic conversions are a major home improvement project that will take a majority of your attention during the duration of the project. The benefits of finishing an attic conversion project far out weight the temporary inconvenience they cause because they will serve to add additional space and financial value to your home that will only increase for many years to come. It's important to gather all of the information, materials and all other necessary components of this job before you begin it in order to ensure that it is completed properly and doesn't end up costing you money.
It provides you with added space so that you don't feel that you live in a house which is cramped up. It helps to raise the value of your existing property. It prevents from causing any kind of inconvenience to the family, as they do not have to move to a new home and locality. It is much cheaper than buying a bigger house. It helps you to live in peace in your own home.
If you have been using a pull-down stairs to climb up and down the attic, then you will have to change that and add a staircase which is permanent. While adding a staircase, one has to consider about what lies below, how much space the staircase would be taking up, whether they will interrupt the flow of the other rooms, etc.
Obviously heating will be a major consideration so it's very important to take time to decide where to position the radiators so that they do not take up valuable wall space, especially if you intend putting up shelves for books etc.
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.
The first thing that you should do is to inspect the attic space. This is a crucial step in loft conversion because the nature and type of the roof your home has and the headroom allowed by the roof space will determine the type of upper floor suitable for your home. You need to be very careful when you are inspecting the attic. Climb up with a touch light. Make sure that you are matching on the ceiling joists and not on top of the ceiling. If you match on the ceiling, you will fall. You should also find out if your roof has a trussed system support or a conventional rafter support.
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.
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.
When you are adding a living space above or below another living space, it would be prudent to incorporate some kind of sound proofing to the design. Some homeowners like to kill two birds with one stone and insulate their walls, floors, window cavities and any other void with spray foam insulation. This particular kind of insulation is very helpful in attic space because it can reach into and fill every crack and crevice. Plus, there is a certain amount of soundproofing inherent in having such thorough coverage. Include a heavy sound proof underlay (not the regular underlay provided by most carpet manufacturers), a thick plush carpet and the attic will be lovely and quiet. Not to mention the sound transfer from the attic to other spaces will be greatly reduced.