Things to Consider Before Converting Your Loft
Unused space in the home can both a lost opportunity and a reducer of home value. For those who are planning to move in the medium-to- long-term and wish to add as much value to the home as possible, a renovation to unusable space can be one of the easiest ways to make the home a hot buy on the market. Even for those who have no plans to move, gaining additional space and functionality from the home can often be a top priority. Many people have drafty, useless lofts in the home that go uninhabited and untouched for years on end. If you're considering a renovation to your loft in order to gain value and functionality, then you'll want to consider these things before starting.
Plans for Windows and Lighting
There are different types of loft conversion projects, with many different variables impacting the process. Some lofts are renovated to include windows, skylights and other forms of natural lighting. You may decide to go with standard indoor forms of lighting instead, but those wanting to maximise home value added via loft renovation will decide to go with exterior lighting and windows. A wide variety of window options exist for loft renovations, including large skylights and traditional window options fitted with an automatic window opener. Especially when dealing with closed and potentially confining spaces like lofts, adding organic lighting to the room can make a huge difference.
Measure Your Space
Not all lofts can necessarily be converted. Some lofts were built without functionality in mind, which may limit your renovation potential. The general recommendation is that any loft conversion requires that the minimum distance between the ridge timber and the ceiling joist be six to seven feet in order to convert into usable space. Anything short of that and you'll have a hard time making it work. Some additional considerations in regard to size include width; a space that is at least 18x20 is recommended for any loft conversion; smaller spaces likely won't provide enough liveable space to make the renovation worth it (and certainly will not add value to the home as expected).
Locate the Best Experts
Many people try to embark on a loft renovation without any professional help. This can be not only foolish and difficult, but outright dangerous. Any investment in your home should be handled by experts when you are dealing with structural renovations. You'll want to first consult with an architect and a building surveyor. They will be able to help you determine what approvals - if any that you need and help manage the overall project. In addition, you'll also need to procure a business that specialises in loft conversion services. When selecting a company, be sure to evaluate their track records, BBB ratings and other elements that may indicate the difference between an expert company and a potential liability.
When properly done, a loft can add thousands of dollars of value to the home and provide plenty of additional living space or climate-controlled storage. You'll want to be sure to measure the space, consider lighting options and carefully discuss contractor options before making any moves. By doing your homework in this regard, you'll avoid a potential mess and receive in exchange a great new room in the home.