Use these innovative storage options to make the most of those odd spaces in your loft conversion.
Whether you're looking for bungalow addition ideas or need another bedroom, bathroom, office, or playroom, a loft conversion or attic extension is a terrific option to add extra space.
However, you must be sure that the expenditure will be worthwhile, not to mention the interruption.
At the mid-point, your loft should be 2.2m or higher. If yours is lower, you should reconsider. Building codes do not mandate a minimum room height, although they do for stairwells and access. Lowering the ceiling in the room below is a workaround — you'll have to install a new floor in the loft as part of the conversion, so it's not as drastic as it sounds.
Next, search for any potential stumbling blocks, such as a water tank or a chimney stack that may need to be relocated. Finally, look at your roof. Does it have a steep pitch that limits the amount of space you have around the room and may necessitate a dormer or roof redesign? In addition, the roof should be waterproof and insulated.
First, determine your needs and consider how you will utilise the area. Do you require an additional bedroom, bathroom, or home office? Once you have that information, look at the floor plan to see how best to utilise the space. Also, keep in mind that most lofts have angled ceilings, which may limit the types of furniture you may bring in.
‘Loft conversions can be as little as £12,000 for minor projects and as much as £40,000 for larger ones,' says the author. These statistics will vary based on where you live, what materials you use, and how big your loft is.
A simple Velux loft conversion is frequently the cheapest option, and because the roof slope is not changed, it will keep the aesthetic of the home, but it may limit the height. On the other hand, a dormer loft conversion has vertical windows and doors, giving you more headroom and more options for stairs.
Due to the 70-degree slope of the back wall and raised party wall masonry, mansard loft conversions appear less boxy than dormers, but they require planning permission. Prefabricated loft replacement conversions are another alternative, but they're expensive, costing on average roughly £55,000. However, there are other cost-cutting options, such as replacing a dormer with roof lights.
The average UK attic holds stuff worth £2,000, so why not have a clear-out and see if you can free up some cash? A competent loft conversion can increase the value of a home by 10% to 20% without sacrificing the lawn space that ground-floor extensions require.
Unless you're increasing the roofline or modifying the loft structure, you'll need planning permission*, but you'll also need building regulations approval. This guarantees that the new floor's structural strength is enough and that the room and roof are stable, with adequately built stairs and other features.
A development control surveyor will inspect the work and issue a completion certificate to fulfil the required standards. You will be subject to party wall requirements if your home is semi-detached or terraced.
If the roof will be expanded or altered beyond defined limits and restrictions, or if you live in a designated area and the work includes a roof expansion, you will need planning approval.
The rules are simple: you'll need a local authority's Lawful Building certificate, and their Development Control Services must approve the construction. They'll look at structural, ventilation, insulation, and fire safety, among other things.
They are not in charge of inspecting the carpentry and finishes in general. When selecting a provider, compare quotes and, better yet, seek recommendations from friends, family, and neighbours.
Your loft conversion may necessitate a party-wall agreement. A party wall is a shared wall between terraced or semi-detached houses. A Party Wall Agreement is a formal contract signed by all property owners stating that they agree with the work. All impacted parties will get a written notice.
If the work is agreed upon, the neighbour can ask for a party wall surveyor to check the drawings and prepare a Party Wall Award or sign a waiver.
Dormers, roof lights, and windows must be installed, and the rafters and roof must be reinforced and insulated, as well as a stairway installed for access. If the conversion contains a bathroom, partition walls must be created, first-fix plumbing and electrics, and extraction. The last step is to install radiators.
The building control inspector will frequently specify what you require, as the roof can be insulated in one of two ways: filling the space between the rafters with insulation or insulating the distance between the rafters with insulation. Insulation benefits the environment while lowering bills, and it is now regulated. Wool, which is a greener alternative, is one of the possibilities offered.
Sloped ceilings, common spaces under the eaves, and awkward nooks are all great places to cram in that much-needed extra storage. Save these ingenious ideas for ideas on picking cabinets, drawers, and shelves into your loft expansion.