Many home owners simply allow their attic space to become a neglected and forgotten abyss. It is only ventured into with a torch at hand once a year to fetch those dusty Christmas decorations or moth bitten stored clothes. What a wasted opportunity! Did you know that by converting your loft into an amazing new living space such as an office, games room or a children’s hideout you can add up to 20% more value on your house? In fact, because you don’t need planning permission to renovate your loft as it is permitted as a standard home development, it’s one of the most cost-effective way of adding real value to your house price. Here are some top tips to begin your exciting and rewarding new DIY project of transforming your vacant attic into a new, cosy retreat.
Step One: Preparing the loft space
Before getting stuck into the construction work, you need to double check that your plans for renovation are within the permitted roof extension limits so that you don’t need to apply for planning permission. It is always best practise to completely clear out and clean any space in your home that you are wanting to improve, so that you can properly gauge its shape, and measure the area you have to work with. It is also very important that you make sure that your loft is properly insulated, as this will not only save you money on heating bills but also keep your new, top floor hideout comfier for its visitors.
Step Two: Use the shape to your advantage
Celebrate the unique shape of the loft with its angles and slants rather than fighting with it. There are numerous ways you can use the attic’s space wisely. With low or slanting ceilings, a lot of standard furniture may not fit easily. Instead, you can get creative by making custom made storage solutions to fit the contours of your new living space. Building the storage into the walls is especially useful if you are converting your attic into a play room, to provide the little ones with bigger space on the floor to play. Another great way to save money and utilise space cleverly is to buy a sturdy loft ladder to access your brand new living space rather than stairs. Loft conversions have unlimited potential; some attics even have space to create a two-tiered studio as they can accommodate a mezzanine!
Step Three: Finishing touches
Neutral tones and colours of carpeting and paint is a reliable way to create the sense of greater space and light, which is perfect for opening up an attic space. If you are looking to use wooden furniture in the loft, try painting the beams white to tastefully break up the wooden features. If you are worried about your loft not being able to offer enough light, a brilliant way to pour natural light into the room is by installing a skylight. Not only will this act as a fantastic feature in the room, but it will boost the sense of height and space overall making it a worthy investment.
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