When you find your house is bulging at the seams, or maybe granny is about to move in with you, wondering how you can solve the problem can get you down. Building an extension can be a costly and stressful business, as can moving home to a larger property. But have you considered a loft conversion? Typically they are far cheaper than having a two-story extension built and the mess is also a lot less.
If the beams in your loft are of a suitable size and there is good headroom, converting your loft is a relatively simple affair. The main jobs are to lay a floor, insulate the sloped roof, fit plasterboard and plaster. Then you may consider fitting a fake window to bring in natural daylight. There are many makes and styles of roof window available these days. You will also need to consider access to your loft so a staircase is needed. You can check this site to get more information about it.
In this article, we will take a look at some of the reasons everyone should consider a loft conversion.
Do you have an obsession that is taking over your home? Perhaps your loft is the solution you have been looking for.
- Astronomy. Are you a budding Patrick Moore? A row of windows on each side of your roof can give you a great place to observe while having all of your accessories and books around you. It will be like working in an office. There will be no more nights spent freezing in the old metal observatory at the end of the garden. Amazing telescopes can now be purchased for a fraction of what they once were, thanks to modern technology. Your equipment will be in a more protected environment and safe from burglars. What a great way to get away from it all without actually going anywhere.
- Train set. The model railway is still as popular today as it was fifty years ago. Aloft is a fantastic place to have your set permanently established. You will be able to set to work constructing the landscape and villages, railway lines and bridges. Give your set lighting to bring it to life. Owning your own railway allows you to while away the winter nights with a harmless pastime that will utterly confound your wife.
- Drinks Bar. How about an entertainment room? Whatever you do with your loft, always leave room for a bar. With optics on the wall and a fridge full of lager, you could have hours of fun on the pinball and space invaders machines. A dartboard would finish the room off nicely. Be careful coming down those stairs though. Hic!
A boring use, but sometimes a necessary one, organized storage is the most common use for the loft. No more crawling across rafters in the dark and risking life and limb. Proper shelving units and storage solutions will make you the envy of your neighbors.
If you are in need of a spare bedroom, the loft may be your answer. Again, by fitting roof windows, major construction may not be needed. Be aware though, different rules and regulations will apply if the loft is to be used as a habitable room and you could find yourself falling foul of the planning authority. So do your homework first. The loft usually covers the entire floor area of the house so there may be room for an en suite, walk-in wardrobe, etc.
There are so many uses for your loft and a basic conversion is financially attractive should you wish to consider a project this summer. Onwards and upwards my friends.