Ideas for Your Attic Conversion

Ideas for Your Attic Conversion
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    The slow property market has led to a developing trend of ‘improving not moving’ among homeowners who are struggling to sell their homes.

    If you are looking to create more space or to sell your house by making it a more attractive option to buyers, then converting your attic can be a smart move.

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If you are seeking a quick home sale it’s important to make your home stand out from the rest in the area and adding extra space inside can give it the edge in region’s that are already desirable.

Although a well-built conversion is likely to prove a good investment, it’s important to remember that it can cost a lot of money and will need to comply with building regulations. On top of this, if the conversion changes the property’s appearance from the outside, significantly alters its size, or incorporates a change of use then you will need to have your plans agreed by the local planning department.

Does Your Attic Have Enough Space

The first step in proceeding with an attic conversion is checking if your attic is suitable for conversion – you will need to have at least 2.3 metres in height between your ceiling boards and roof apex. Next, decide what kind of conversion you would like. You may choose a roof light conversion – where the windows are flat to the roof, a dormer – where the roof is extended and incorporates new windows, or a mansard style conversion where a whole new space is created along with a new roof.

Adding an Extra Room

The style of conversion you choose is likely to be influenced by the plans you have for the room and there are a number of possibilities of use for attic spaces. In addition to the obvious option of adding an extra bedroom for a family member, you may choose to adapt the space into a guest room, a children’s playroom, an office or a bathroom space. Here are a few benefits of the various choices:

A “Private” Gathering Space for Teenagers

A TV room is a great addition to a household with teenage children and is easy to convert to a bedroom should any new owners prefer to have extra bed space. By giving children their own space within the home you will all benefit from a little bit of extra peace and quiet and you will be able to keep other areas in the home far tidier by keeping their games consoles, toys, stereos et cetera stored within this space. Of course, the same applies with creating a play room for younger children, although safety of access becomes even more paramount should you choose this option.

As families grow and expand it is not always practical to move in order to create more space within the home and this is why creating an extra bedroom or guest bedroom within the attic space continues to be the most popular conversion choice.

Make the Attic Your Home Working Space

Creating a work space or office is often the next most popular choice. Having the option to work away from the hustle and bustle of most of the other rooms of the house is a real advantage. It’s usually very easy to have a phone point fitted into the room and with the advancement of wireless broadband, it’s even easier to work from any room in the home. Note however, lighting should be a top consideration when using attic space as a work area to ensure comfort while working.

Finally, a bathroom or shower space is an often overlooked potential use for attic space. A second bathroom is invaluable in a home with teenagers and can make your home very attractive to potential buyers with large families, or those considering buying-to-let.

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Krayton M Davis

Executive Manager: LetsRenovate Team