You’ve been considering commissioning a loft conversion. After all, there’s a lot of space up there and all you are doing with it at the moment is storing the Christmas decorations and a ton of random boxes that you can’t quite remember why they re there (or what they contain)
There are tons of articles, videos, blog posts and idea type lookbooks out there that can be very useful in helping you make a decision about a loft conversion for your home. But as much great information as many of them contain there are some things they do tend to leave out. Here are 5 of the most important.
Your Home – and Your Life – Will Change
The one thing that lots of people who have already converted their loft can tell you is that it makes a BIG difference to your home and the way it functions. Which means it makes a big difference to your life. Whatever you choose to do with your new loft space – an extra bedroom, a study, maybe even a granny flat – having all this new extra functionality takes some time to get used to. But once you do, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.
You Have to Check the Legal Stuff
There is a lot of information out there that suggests you can give DIY loft conversion a go if the space is already partially livable. The one thing that these advice pieces tend to fail to mention however is that there are legal ramifications involved with converting a loft and if you don’t know what the rules are, and you break them, you could be in quite a bit of hot water.
You’ll Probably Save Money In Unexpected Ways
Did you know that the addition of livable new space in the loft is also the perfect opportunity to make your home more energy efficient? This is because the installation of specific insulation is a requirement of building regulations and the insulation required is of a higher standard than it is for a loft space that is not intended to be occupied.
What this means in practical terms is that a lot less heat will be lost through the roof (heat rises remember) and that will help keep your home warmer in the winter. Conversely, because the warm summer sun will be trapped by the new insulation when it shines down on your roof your home will stay cooler in the summer too.
It Might Not Cost As Much As You Think
There’s no denying it. As far as home improvement projects go a loft conversion is a biggie. But the costs may not be quite as high as you imagine. In fact a good loft conversion can be just as affordable as a big kitchen refit, and add just as much to the perceived market value of your home.
You Have to Get the Right Help
Ask around and you will hear plenty of nightmare stories about loft conversions gone wrong. Lofts that even when converted did not become the great usable space that their owners had envisioned by a badly constructed disaster area instead. But, in most cases, that happened because the homeowners didn’t take the time to find the right loft conversion specialists, they just went with the lowest bid instead.
The right loft conversion specialist is one that has plenty of experience, is transparent and upfront about a loft conversion project’s costs and is committed to doing a great job from start to finish. They will be able to provide you with good references and answer any and all of your questions, before, during and even after the project is completed.
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