Whatever your reasons for investing in a loft conversion, you want a build that compliments your home and maximises the value of your property. Every design is different, with a touch of personality from the homeowner and their individual needs – but there are some key fundamentals that any loft needs to make a successful renovation.
Some are more obvious than others, but they are all equally important, and today we are going to look at six key elements to a top quality loft fitting.
The size and shape of your attic is the biggest influence in your loft conversion design. You only have so much space to work with, which determines what types of renovation are possible and what you can physically fit inside.
Think about head space too, because a sloping roof can make smaller lofts feel particularly cramped. If space is an issue, consider extending your attic to create more space to work with.
The design stage is one of the most exciting parts of converting your loft, but it’s important you keep your cool and make smart choices to get the best result from your build. Your attic design needs to maximise the sense of space with intelligent layout, suitable furnishing and colour choices.
Another big factor in your conversion design is how you plan to use light to compliment the illusion of space and set the mood. You have two tools available in the form of natural and electric light to illuminate night and day – and you can crate two very distinct moods with Velux style windows and creative light installations.
Electricity, plumbing and heating
Which brings us to the topic of electrics, plumbing and heating. When you add another room to your property you demand more from your energy system so you need to make sure it is up to the task. The last thing you want is a cold shower in your new loft and if the existing system hasn’t got enough grunt you will need to upgrade.
Water tanks and chimneys in the attic
If you have a water tank or chimney stack in your attic then you need to consider these factors in your loft design. Specialist loft converters normally have their own plumbers who can reposition water tanks and any plumbing to maximise space, while chimney stacks are normally left alone – although some can be removed.
There are a number of steps you can take to ensure your loft conversion is fire safe – including alternative routes and protective equipment. Because heat rises and attics are normally the highest point above ground level, it’s important you think about how people can exit your loft in the event of a fire.
Speak to a specialist
Loft conversions are not a DIY project or a job for your everyday builder – speak to a specialist and get expert advice on how to get the best from your loft conversion and the most for your money.
City Lofts London – award-winning builders
0845 519 4321
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