Now more than ever, homeowners are looking to expand their existing living space rather than relocating to a new property. A loft conversion is one of the easier ways to expand your living area, providing the whole family with a brand new space to enjoy on a day-to-day basis. Finding a trustworthy company to undergo your loft conversion London is paramount, knowing that your property is in safe hands and avoiding the risk of any costly problems. To help your project run as smoothly as possible, we’ve pulled together the 5 most common mistakes which are made so you can steer away from them.
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1. Quality, not quantity
Of course, the standard loft does not offer a ton of space due to the slanted roof and low ceilings. Many property owners can get too carried away and cram too much into their new loft space, making bedrooms that are not comfortable to live in. Although the additional bedroom is likely to increase the value of the property, the quality of said rooms is lost and this can impact desirability.
2. Check your roof style
Although your roof may appear similar to the rest, the inside of roofs can determine the suitability of loft conversions. Cut timber roofs are ideal for conversions but trussed roofs make it very difficult and would require the entire roof to be replaced. Unless you have a very large budget at hand, one of the first steps to take should be identifying whether a conversion is a realistic possibility for your home.
3. Not utilising your space
Especially for smaller properties with growing families, making the most of the space available to you will ensure everyone can live comfortably. The loft tends to be considered a dark and cold area of the home which is used for storage, but there is so much potential right in front of you. If you have a suitable roof type and strong foundations for withstanding human weight, a loft conversion can be much simpler than you think, opening up the opportunity for a home office, art studio, playroom, or more.
4. Open up the room
To expand the space available, a rear dormer creates additional floor space and head room on one side of the loft. A front dormer tends to be restricted by local governments so your extension should overlook your back garden, not being visible from the front of the property. As well as giving you more space to work with, the addition of a window is great for letting in the natural light and fresh air.
5. Accessing your conversion
If your loft is now going to be an everyday part of your life, your current loft ladder is likely to be an impractical factor. If you are getting a new set of stairs implemented, carefully considering where these will be positioned can have a big impact on your space, creating a cramped feeling. Look into smaller staircases, spiral staircases or even permanent ladder stairs to decide on the best approach for you.