Before embarking on a loft conversion, there are several things to consider. Are you planning a space to get away from it all, a home office or an additional bedroom? Will you be contracting a professional, or attempting to take on some of the work yourself?
Check the structure
Unfortunately, not all attics are immediately ready to cope with a renovation: a fully furnished loft conversion weighs significantly more than holiday decorations and unworn clothing. Hire a professional to inspect the foundation and framing, and be prepared to have some rather serious remodelling done if it isn’t up to bearing the load.
Choose your access
Unsurprisingly, deciding on how you’ll reach your newest room can be rather tricky. Choose whether you’ll be satisfied with just a ladder, or whether you’ll need to install a full staircase. The most important consideration is, of course, the health and safety of the people who’ll be using the new space most regularly.
As for furnishing, although contracting a removals company and handyman for assistance is thoroughly recommended, you’ll still need to consider which items will actually fit through the attic’s access point. Measure the dimensions before attempting to furnish the space.
Control the climate
A loft conversion’s natural temperature can be temperamental. The key is to control it in as many ways as possible. Retain heat during winter by installing insulation, and opt for a ceiling fan in summer as an effective way to cool down the space.
An independent thermostat is also advisable. The renovation should be treated as separate to the rest of the house as it doesn’t have the benefits of sharing walls – and therefore heat – with other rooms.
An attic may feature odd angles, but it’s the unusual shape that provides the room with a quirky charm. Utilise all available nooks and crannies, and don’t be afraid to experiment with DIY storage solutions to fit the available space.
Try opting for storage that doubles up as seating, or embrace those awkward nooks with a custom-built desk.
Light it right
Your attic has the potential to be one of the brightest rooms in the house. Let natural illumination shine through with a skylight, which has the additional benefit of making the renovation seem more spacious. You could also invest in solar shades or traditional blinds to keep the lighting – and temperature – under control.
Avoid hanging or standing lamps as they use up valuable space and have a tendency to cast shadows in attic corners. Instead, opt for recessed lighting in your beams. Create an airy ambience with warm, white or neutral colours and choose light wood for the ceiling as well as any built-in cupboards or furniture.
For additional indispensable renovation tips and ideas for home projects, search our website at Engel & Völkers. To browse properties which utilise loft space in an innovative way, talk to one of our property experts at an Engel & Völkers branch.
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