But, although the process might seem pretty straightforward, you should consider a few vital things before you get started. Yes, planning is not fun, and it can be time-consuming, but it can save you a lot of money and headaches in the long run.
With that in mind, here are five things you should ask yourself before starting a loft conversion.
Can I Afford It?
One of the most common mistakes a lot of homeowners make is that they don’t estimate their budget. As a result, their dream loft often turns out to be more expensive than they can afford, so they have to make a lot of compromises regarding design or features.
Think carefully about what you want, research the costs, and come up with a budget and realistic expectations. Don’t forget that in addition to the loft conversion, you will also need to add a staircase to ensure easy access to the new room, so take this cost into consideration too.
Do I have Enough Space?
It’s not always a matter of how to convert loft but can you convert it? Here’s the hard truth: not all lofts are suitable for conversion. To tell if you can turn your loft into a functional room, the tallest point from the floor to the ceiling should measure 230 cm.
Bear in mind that if you want to turn the loft into an extra bedroom, you will need to add a bed, furniture, and other accessories. Make sure that there’s enough space to create a room that doesn’t look like a cramped storage area.
What Design Would I Like
Don’t assume that your architect will be able to guess your preferences or anticipate what you expect from him/her. With so many styles and designs available, it can be difficult for them to pinpoint the exact layout you want.
Do your research and show examples of loft conversion projects you like to your architect. That way, he or she can tell you if the design meets your budget and fits the space. But, always be open to new suggestions that could help you create a loft space that draws attention. Maybe your mind is set on a classic décor, but a strategic use of glass can help you make a tight space feel larger than it is.
When Is the Best Time to Get Started?
The best time to begin a loft conversion project is during spring or summer. The weather is nice enough to allow contractors to work without many interruptions. However, keep in mind that this period is extremely busy and it might cost you more than if you were to start the project at the beginning of autumn, for example.
Regardless of the period you choose, what’s of utmost importance is to get started as soon as you have a plan. Working on the design with an architect, applying for planning permission and waiting for approval, finding and hiring the right contractor, all that can take up to seven months to get completed.
Will It Affect My Neighbors?
Most homeowners usually neglect the impact their conversion project will have on their neighbors. Here’s the thing: if you share a wall with your neighbors and the work will affect it in some way, you need to discuss with them and get their permission before you get started.
Even if you don’t need to access their property in any way, you still need to let them know that you’re planning to make some modifications to your home’s structure and warn them about the noise and commotion that might be taking place in the next few months.
Converting your loft can be one of the most exciting home improvement projects. But, before you get started, make sure you have all the answers to the questions above.