Converting unused loft space into an extra bedroom – or even a whole new master suite – is an increasingly popular way to add extra livable space to a London home. It is also a way some use to improve the function and appeal of the home as a whole, something that is great for those living there and perhaps even better should the time come for the homeowners to sell, as a well-executed loft conversion can add a significant amount of value.
Done right, executed with the help of loft conversion specialists, such spaces can become the most spectacular in the house. A loft conversion like this is not for everyone though. Here are some points to consider if this is a project that interests you as you make a decision about whether or not to start looking for loft conversion specialists to discuss such a project with:
Is Loft Living for You?
Whether the new space will be used by you or another member of the household or even converted into a guest room, you do have to consider if the loft is really a place you would want to sleep and/or spend time. Some people love the idea of the serenity of being separated from the rest of home but do not relish the climb up the stairs.
In addition, parents with younger children may be uncomfortable with the level of separation from the rest of the house that a loft bedroom would bring. On the other hand, a teen may thank you forever for providing them with a sanctuary away from everyone else (and you may enjoy it yourself at times too) Consider your unique family situation when deciding whether or not loft living is for you.
Is a Loft Conversion a Good Idea Financially?
Your next step should be to begin to determine just how much work and money it will actually take to convert your attic into a livable, functional space. In older houses, the heating, ventilating and air conditioning may all have to be run up to the attic and if you want to add an en-suite bathroom, plumbing pipes as well. A conversation with a good local loft conversion specialist will help you determine what the real costs might be.
Many homeowners do find though that the initial expense of all this to them is minimal in comparison to the benefits offered by the new living space they will be gaining.
Once You Decide to Go Ahead
If you do determine that a loft conversion is right for you and your home, the real fun begins. Most lofts are visually very beautiful after a conversion. Usually, the roof lines that are already in place make for stunning ceilings and as you are literally right at the top of the house the lighting options are fabulous too. Many attics already have good windows that let in a lot of natural light, but even if yours does not adding a skylight or sun tube or two is not a big deal for a good professional.
The space usage possibilities are extensive as well as loft conversion specialists can tell you. An extra bedroom is a popular choice, as it allows families to remain living in the home they love even as their family grows. Others though choose to use a loft conversion to add an extra master bathroom, a library, a ‘man’ (or woman) cave and more. Some people even choose to make use of the extensive space the average loft can offer to create a separate, income generating ‘granny flat’. Basically, when it comes to loft conversions, with the right loft conversion specialists the sky’s the limit (if you’ll pardon the pun)