14 May D is for… Design
We’re now onto the fourth post in our A to Z series – can you believe that? We pondered for some time over what topic to cover today and came up with design. If you’re a regular reader of our blog, you’re likely interested in finding out about all the aspects of loft conversion.
So as well as the construction side of things, we thought you’d also like to hear about elements that you may find more fun. So here is our guide to designing your loft space to suit your requirements.
Determine the type of room
It’s unlikely that you’ve just decided to convert your loft for the sheer sake of it. Rather, you’ll no doubt already have a firm idea in your head about what you want to use the newly created space for, and whether that is for a master bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, home office, or games room, you’ll need to make this very clear before you do anything.
Check your loft is fit for purpose
The next step is to ensure that your loft is suitable for the purpose you have in mind. That means writing down a list of what furniture is likely to go into the room, to help determine how much space you need, and whether the finished room will be big enough to be what you have planned. It’s worthwhile finding a professional loft designer to help you with the design of your loft space. They will be able to use expert tools, such as CAD software to help recreate a scaled down version of your loft, allowing you to see what the finished room will look like once all of the furniture is in. lofts tend to have varying headroom heights, but your designer will be able to inform you of which areas of your loft will have normal headroom and which will have low headroom.
Always bear in mind building regulations when converting your loft. Your new space is required to have a minimum height of 2 metres above the staircase. However, you’ll also have to compensate for the installation of new floor joists which will raise the floor level, as well as thermal insulation which will reduce the height of the loft. As a guideline, you should aim for the height of your loft to be at least 2.4m.
Windows to let in the light
We covered the different types of loft conversion in our last A to Z post. For those who missed it, some conversions may need to be formed using a dormer window in order to create the required additional space. By incorporating dormer windows into your design, you can increase the overall usable area of your loft. You may require planning permission for this type of construction so make sure you check first.
An alternative to dormer windows is to use rooflights which will allow plenty of natural light into the room. Rooflights are generally cheaper than dormer windows and do not usually require planning permission.
Money money money
Like most things, a loft conversion will cost you money. Whilst it is considered to be the best investment a homeowner can make on their house, as it significantly increases the overall value, you do still need to be able to have sufficient money to budget for the completion of your conversion. So make sure you work out your finances before you apply for planning permission. That way you can see if you’ll have enough money left over to employ a professional designer once your loft has been converted. And if not, you always have the option of DIY – think of it as a fun family project.
We hope that you have found the above points of consideration useful. It can be surprising just how much there is to think about, even after the loft has been converted.
Here at Econoloft, we’ve been in the industry for over 40 years, giving us ample experience when it comes to converting lofts. Check out some examples of previous work we’ve done for our clients, and see how happy they are with the work we’ve completed for them.
If you require more information about loft conversions or wish to book your FREE estimate, contact Econoloft today on FREEPHONE 0800269765 or fill in a call back form and we will contact you when it’s convenient.