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As of now, more and more homeowners are looking for ways on how to make their homes more appealing and functional. And, one of the most common options is attic conversions. Attic or loft conversion is a process where homeowners transform an empty attic space or loft into a functional room, typically used as a bedroom, office space, a gym, or storage space. Many homeowners prefer such solutions since it can provide numerous features.
The next reason why homeowners opt for attic conversions is to avoid substantial improvement costs. Home improvement projects are quite expensive. It gets even worse if you are planning to improve living space. Luckily, attic conversions are better options than building new establishments in your property. Apart from that, attic or loft conversions are easier to do than building, which can help you reduce your expenses significantly.
Normally the parents decide to convert the attic into a master bedroom with en-suite for themselves. They would normally give their old bedroom to the eldest child freeing up a bedroom for another child. The possibility of installing a skylight giving panoramic views is also a big attraction. A star filled sky or an epic sunrise are enough to make anyone wish for an attic conversion. Another added benefit though is that a master bedroom with an en-suite and great views would make for a great guestroom for friends and relatives at holiday times.
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".
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:
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.
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.
When you are finally ready to go ahead the next step is to make sure that any building regulations are being complied with. You may not require planning permission but it makes sense to sort this out before you start. Again if you are planning on employing an architect he will instruct you on what is required. You will also need the services of a good builder who has experience of this type of work.
These conversions are a great opportunity to refurbish and redesign your home and have additional space which will be beneficial for your family. During this period of time, you should be certain about the whole plan and confident that you don't bump into potential problems in the future. It's important to possess a well organized and succinct plan of action that you could follow in the beginning. An experienced contractor and professional will be able to help you draw out a complete plan for the entire project.
Depending on the layout of your attic you may be pleasantly surprised at what it can accommodate. While there may be quite a bit of construction necessary to covert your attic, you'll still save money as compared to adding a room. Low ceilings and structural obstacles are common trouble spots for attic conversions. If you're uncertain what can be moved and what can"t it's a good idea to consult a contractor to help. Structural changes should be evaluated carefully.
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.
Repairing any existing damage or elements of neglect is important, as a renovation should begin with a clean slate. Design the space in terms of what you want, taking into account all the elements of the room. Consider electrical, plumbing, structure, height and windows. Now let's move on to the rest of the process.