There are several reasons to want more space in our homes. For instance, your family may be growing and a new room for another child is needed. You might also be wanting a space for relaxation indoors, and one of them is considering a loft conversion for your Surrey home.
Good news: A loft conversion is less expensive than moving to a larger house. The cost of conversion starts at around $19,000 and in most cases, you‘ll need the services of an expert in the field to make sure that you get things done and won’t blow your budget further.
Why opt for a conversion?
A loft conversion is believed to add significant value — up to 20% — to your property. Many families choose to convert their attics as a means of obtaining more space without having to suffer the costly and stressful process of moving.
However, there are key considerations to take into account. For instance, is the space suitable for conversion or are the present materials and structure of the area allow for a conversion? If the answer to both questions is yes, you can now proceed with your project.
Is the extra space optimal for conversion?
Start by having your space assessed if it is suitable for conversion. Although most are, here are three essential things to check:
- The available height. It needs to measure at least 2,500mm to allow conversion. To determine this, measure from the top of the ceiling beam to the top of the ridge board.
- Roof area. Measure the roof’s angle. It’s a general rule that the higher the angle is, the higher the central head height is likely to be.
- Floor area. The typical floor should measure about 5,500mm from side to side, inclusive of the chimney, and 7,500mm from front to back at the least.
What other things do you need to consider?
Maximise the Limited Proportions
Given that the available area is small, or you’re eyeing for an extra small room, make the most of every space. In addition, go for a light-coloured theme since it can make any room feel lighter, larger, and balanced. You can also use a wood-like finish or the not-so-conventional soft furnishing in a darker shade to ensure that the room feels cool and welcoming.
Get the Right Design
Consider the layout of your completed roof space conversion. This includes determining and finalising the positioning of your pieces of furniture, additional divisions like a bathroom or shower room, and any built-in storage.
If you are opting for a modernised yet minimalist design, take into account the ceiling height and prioritise some parts like the shower and hand basin, as they should not compromise the headroom of your loft.
Hire an Efficient Team
To avoid complications and unnecessary expenses, do not cut your budget in terms of getting highly skilled people. You can appoint an architect or an engineer to do the survey and measurements for you. With that, they will provide you with accurate information and explain details of how the project will go. In addition, you may want to hire an interior designer to work closely with the engineer or architect to ensure that the designs are well fit.
Remember that by incorporating the right measurements, along with the best team, you will surely have the loft of your dreams.