Loft conversions aren’t a light undertaking. They can cost a lot of hard-earned money, and are a huge extension on your precious home. If you’re thinking about a loft conversion, you therefore need to make sure that you plan it correctly.
We have over 15 years’ worth of experience planning loft conversions, and we like to think that we’ve learnt a trick or two along the way! With this in mind, here are our top tips for planning a loft conversion:
1. Think About what you want from your Loft Conversion
If you’re considering a loft conversion, you’ve probably already got a very good idea in mind as to how you want to use the room. But have you considered the added extras?
Your builder will be able to advise any additions to your loft conversion which will improve the overall space. For example, do you still need an area for storage? If you’re planning a bedroom space, have you considered adding an en suite bathroom or a walk in wardrobe for added buyer appeal? These little things will really give a loft space the wow factor!
2. Get the Experts in
If you haven’t already spoken to a builder, now’s the time to do so! There are so many rules and regulations surrounding loft conversions that it’s better to get the plans correct from the outset.
Obtain three quotes from builders that have been recommended to you. Often we find that the best builder / client relationships are the ones that just ‘click’, nothing more complicated than that! Contractors will be in and out of your home for some weeks, so if the price is right and you feel comfortable with them, then go for it!
3. Think about Planning Permission
This may be the boring bit, but it’s important that you get the correct planning permission. Loft conversions don’t always need planning permission, but it’s best to double check.
If you live in a terrace house, you’ll also need to get party wall consent, and for the room to be a habitable space, you’ll need to comply with building regulations. Issues such as fire safety, energy efficiency and ventilation need to comply with current rules.
Your builder will go through the ins and outs of this with you, and much more besides, such as which type of loft window is best for your needs.
4. Get the Look!
Now for the fun bit: getting the right look! You can really let your imagination run wild when it comes to the decorating, as you’ve got a blank canvas to play with, but if you’re looking to add value to your home with a loft conversion, then it’s always a good idea to add little touches of luxury where you can.
By this we mean things like that sumptuous double shower, or contemporary blinds for roof windows. It’s these little touches that go far!
If you’re thinking about planning a loft conversion and need some advice, here at Aspire we’re happy to help. As contractors for loft conversions for over 15 years, we’ve got a wealth of experience and a huge portfolio to aid you with you planning. Through our experience and your careful planning, you’ll have a perfect loft conversion in no time! Get in touch to discuss your project.