Ok so we all know that loft conversions or attic conversions are very popular right now, especially here in the UK where there are thousands of old attics getting a new lease of life.
Where I’m living in South London there are loads of loft conversions as people make extra space for their growing family or simply want to add more value to their property before selling up and moving on, possibly out of the big smoke all together.
Friends of mine recently added 20 % to the value of their property with a loft conversion! Which is more than double what they actually spent on the work.
If you can put up with about 3-6 weeks of work and have the money – I really recommend doing it!
You can add a beautiful new space to your home which can be enjoyed as a bedroom, entertainment room, or simply a space to hide with the cat, read your favourite book and listen to music in peace.
Here are the three main types of loft conversion.
Velux loft space conversions.
To create lots more light in your attic the Velux conversion is the most popular type . You probably won’t need planning permission which is good and it’s usually the most budget-friendly.
Among the major reasons it does not set you back much to carry out this conversion is mainly because the loft does not expand beyond the original line of the roof so the work is less and you don’t need planing permission, though it is recommended that you still check just before accomplishing any one of the 3 kinds of loft conversion.
The Velux sort of loft space conversion is best on attics that have good enough headroom or where you just can’t get planning permission to extend your roof. Where the clearance is not large enough, then the property owner could opt for mansard or dormers, which are other loft conversion types that require extending the room. The fitting of Velux rooflights on these loft space conversions is pretty quick.
One thing to remember is that your room will be flooded with light especially in Summer which may make it hot! The solution is to get some good blinds.
Dormer loft conversions.
A dormer loft conversion is an extension that is made to an already existing roof which allows added flooring area and clearance, all within the same loft conversion. They often project from the ski slope of the roof mainly at the back side of the structure and also could be done in numerous styles. Inside it, the ceiling is developed flat while the walls are vertical. If your loft space is limited in space, then dormer conversion is the best solution.
If you choose to go with a level roofing dormer, it needs to be kept in mind that although you will acquire sufficient area within the loft space conversion but I would recommend the extension to happen at the back of the house otherwise it will appear very ugly. This is perhaps the most complex conversion and its important you get a good company.
Mansard loft conversions.
A mansard roofing system features double window pitches, and the one fantastic advantage of the mansard loft conversion is the optimal area obtainable from the loft space.
The contractor of the loft conversion raises the gable walls on both sides of the property to obtain the preferred area and afterwards continues to developing the wood framework for the conversion. This kind of loft space conversion is most often found on older residential properties. If you decide on the mansard loft space conversion, it should be kept in mind that permission will most certainly have to be secured from your regional planning authorities.
Ok so here are some cool loft conversion ideas I found online:
Loft Bathroom Conversions
Converted Loft Office and bed
A converted barn
Original image from Kablan UK
Space Age Loft Conversion idea
A Library in the Attic
Ok hope this gave you some ideas as the the potential of your loft or attic space.
What ever you decide to do with your loft, make sure you inject some of your personality into it and do it with love!