As house prices tumble many people are thinking about ways of increasing the value of their own property. Converting all that space in the attic is one of the best, and most inexpensive ways to do so, by adding another room to your dwelling and a usable space which is one of a kind. Many people decide that they’re going to turn their attic into a bedroom since it makes the most financial sense, increases the property value by a significant amount and can also be used for anyone in the household or as a guest room. If your family is outgrowing its current space and your thinking of turning your loft into a new bedroom this guide, brought to you by Homeworks Design & Build in Barnet should prove useful
It’s all in the planning
Take out a torch and get into the loft and see how much junk you’ve got up there. You’ll also want to measure up the space so have your tape measure handy and get it all measured up. Lofts with a larger slope can be converted into a bedroom far easier than smaller sloped spaces, although few things are impossible You will also need to consider whether there is enough space for things such as fitted wardrobes or plumbing for an en-suite. Once you know how much space is up there you can draw up a more detailed plan with an architect and your loft conversion can get underway.
Windows, doors and stairs
Once you have an idea of how big the space is you can begin to think about some of the key elements of the conversion. For the conversion to be classed as an extra room by valuers you’ll need a permanent staircase put in ( not the temporary pull down type). Will the loft conversion have a door keeping it separate from the rest of the house or should it be more open plan? And perhaps most important of all are the windows, which can turn a dark dull space into a beautiful bright bedroom. Whilst velux windows are the most popular additional options include roof domes and sun tunnels. Your architect will be able to advise on the features and benefits of each window type for your space.
The finishing touches
Once all of the building work has been finished it’s all down to the finishing touches. Everything from paint colour to furniture. For those with an air for design you’ll have fun with it, for other people, maybe hire an interior designer to really get the most out of your new space.