What if you could move up, instead of moving house? And, what if we told you, it can make your house more desirable in the property market? Win-win situations are rare in life, especially when it comes to housing, but this is a solution that leaves no room to lose. Adding an extra bedroom or bathroom to your home with a loft conversion increases the value of your property by 20%. Don’t just believe us, ask Nationwide. If you want to know whether your loft is appropriate for conversion, you can always get a no-obligation free assessment. Want to know whether you loft measures up? Read our guide to understanding conversion requirements. Once the assessment gives you the green light, you will discover that there are endless possibilities for creating a masterpiece.
So, what things should you consider when transforming your loft?
You can always create your very own conversion design with the help of a professional home remodeling company. Design-based remodeling gives you more control over what changes. These are the three basic designs mostly used in conversions.
Skylight – it is the most affordable type as it does not alter the structure of your roofline, but it doesn’t maximize loft space.
Dormer – this is a mid-range conversion that adds more space. Often, the construction is towards the rear of the property or the sides.
Mansard – these are the costliest types as they are the most spacious and aesthetically pleasing. A vertical roof enabling maximum space within is the main feature of this design.
A converted loft isn’t perfectly square like most ordinary rooms, which is why decorating has to be practical. Buy furniture and fittings suited for the angles, nooks, and crannies of the room. Bespoke shelves, pint-sized furniture, vertical designs, and minimalist designs are more suitable.
Natural light can make a room look stunning and warm. Skylights are a favourite that brings plenty of natural light inside. These can be ones which you can open, making your new room airy during summer months. They can also keep the room warm during winter. You can save on energy bills with the natural light they provide.
You can’t beat white when it comes to colours that have the power to make a room light up. Lighter colours can make a room look larger and warmer. Warm woods and deeper shade soft furnishings ideally pair up to make a room cosy and stylish.
As the available headroom is minimal, showers may not be ideal for a converted bathroom. Think sumptuous baths to add elegance. Freestanding baths make a beautiful statement. Curved shower enclosures and walk-in showers are good options if you want to install showers. Large mirrors places at the right spots can give the illusion of a larger room. Your new bathroom also needs to achieve good water pressure. For this, you can move the tank up to a higher position, install a mains booster, or add a shower pump.
Wood is the perfect choice for flooring in a loft. You can choose hardwood, softwood, or chip wood. Carpeting can provide warmth and also less footstep noise.
Space permitting, the new room can open out to a balcony. A Juliet balcony with double doors can compensate for Velux or dormer windows in the slope of the roof.
Creating additional space is the best way to increase the value of your property. Remember, the loft conversion cost is an investment rather than an expense, and Good Design & Build applies for planning permission on your behalf whenever necessary. Save yourself the trouble of moving, looking for properties that fit your requirements, stamp duty expenses, and keeping up with rising house prices.