The best way to extend the headroom in your current attic space is to get a dormer attic extension. We provide the full service ranging from design, local county council application, planning permission approval to building to a high quality finish. We also cover Gracedieu, Dooroge, Ballyboghil, Ballough, Drisnoge, Nevitt, The Five Roads, Lusk, Lispapple Cross Roads, Oldtown
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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:
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.
You should obtain the correct estimates before you begin your attic conversion. Calculating the cost of the materials, furnishings and all the other supplies won't be difficult. To make things easier and more efficient for you, you may also want to hire a professional to work with you on the project. These conversions are an opportunity for you to get more out of your home while increasing its value for you and your family. Hiring a professional and allowing him to assist is a much better opportunity at success.
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.