Light Up Your Life: A Guide to Loft Conversions
Spending more time at home over the past few months, you may have started thinking about taking on a home improvement project. Loft conversions, whether built as an extra bedroom, a new home office or an extra room to relax, add new spaciousness to your property and can increase the value of your home when you come to sell. Here are our tips for what to consider before you begin a loft conversion project.
The Right Loft Interior for Your Space
Before converting your loft, it’s essential to know how much space you’re working with. The minimum height needed for a loft conversion is 2.2m, so measure carefully to see whether your loft is tall enough to meet the requirements. If your property lacks the capacity currently, it is possible to raise the roof with planning permission approval or lower the ceiling in the room below, although these can be complicated and expensive solutions.
To fully understand the constraints and opportunities of your existing space, it’s best to talk to a designer or architect, who can help provide technical advice and produce a bespoke design for your room. When in doubt, ask the experts!
How to Make a Light Loft
Nobody wants a room that’s stuffy and dim. One of the most important things to think about when converting your attic is how light will reach this room and brighten up your new space. Natural light is the best way to brighten a room, but the type of window, such as skylights or floor to ceiling windows, will depend on the space you have available. If you have an enviable Edinburgh view, it may be worth investing a little more to fully enjoy your surroundings.
There are numerous types of artificial light that can also be used. How you plan to use the room will change how many light sources you need, but it’s best to plan for lights to be used at night, for tasks such as reading or working, as well as lights that add ambience. Wall lighting, floor and table lamps, or spotlights are all options to consider depending on your space.
A Loft Conversion Designed for You
One of the benefits of converting your loft is finding new space in your house that suits your needs. With many of us now working from home, you may be interested in designing an office with the proper fittings to work comfortably and productively. Alternatively, life at home may have reintroduced you to one of your hobbies: a loft conversion could easily become a soundproof music room, an at-home library or study, or a playroom for the kids that gives you a specific and properly suitable area. A loft conversion could even become your at-home bar, ideal for the weekends.
Beginning Your Loft Conversion
So, what’s next? Measure your room and think about what space you have to see if you’ll need planning permission and understand what functions a loft conversion could serve in your home. Have fun planning this extra space, but consider contacting a specialist to help with the details of your design and transform your attic into a spacious, well lit, new room.
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