When it comes to home remodeling jobs, one of the most popular is a loft conversion. It’s no wonder why it’s so popular if you think about it for a few minutes. Lofts are areas of the home that see little use. Occasionally lofts are used as additional storage, but if you live in a place with a garage and a basement, then your loft is likely just sitting there empty.
However, like any other remodeling job, you have to make certain you know what you want before you start trying to get the job set up. There are a few “basic loft conversion” set ups that contractors will use, but it’s a much better idea to know what you want when you hire them.
To that end, if you’re not sure what a loft conversion might look like, you might appreciate these ideas.
Plan For The Stairs
Unless you plan on hanging a ladder down from the loft, you’re probably going to need stairs to get up there. This is where a lot of loft conversion projects fail before they even begin. People get so excited about their new loft conversion that they don’t stop to think about whether or not their house can fit the stairs needed.
Luckily, there’s an easy enough solution for this. Namely, try using the stairs already there. Or if those stairs are old and warped (as many attic/loft stairs are soon), you could replace them with new stairs. Lastly, if you find you don’t have enough space for that (perhaps the stairs are situated in a narrow hallway, making it impossible to keep a permanent set of similarly styled stairs), you might try a spiral staircase.
The Extra Bathroom
Many loft conversion companies think only about living space, and not about utilities. This is a major problem since you’re essentially adding an entirely new bedroom to your home. If you have one extra bedroom, that means you have at least one additional person, which means you need one extra bathroom.
If you plan for a bathroom from the get-go, then you’ll be able to plan around having it. It doesn’t need to be a large bathroom. It could be as simple as a cabinet style shower, a toilet, and a small sink and mirror. Just enough that someone could make the loft their living area rather than having to find a way to juggle their needs with the rest of the house.
Plan For Storage Space
One of the things people rarely consider with loft conversions is using the eaves and rafters for something beneficial. Often, these are boarded up during loft conversions. This is because it helps keep things neat and tidy, and also is an area where more insulation can be stuffed in the case of colder climates.
However, many of those spaces can instead become storage areas. The eaves could be used as cabinet spaces, and any oddly shaped corner or cranny can be fitted with a shelf of some style. This will allow you to keep more things in the loft, which in turn makes it more like a small living area. If you’re planning on renting out your loft, this will make it worth that much more per month!
Don’t Use Basic Lighting
In many cases, you won’t have to convert the lighting for a loft conversion. Between the attic windows and the light that’s already installed, you can get enough lighting that you don’t have to add more.
However, it might be beneficial to add more anyway. Or if not more, then lighting of different kinds. That way, you can set a bit more of an atmosphere in the loft. This is an excellent way to give it a more “homey” feel, rather than the attic-like feel that plagues many loft conversions. The less like an attic you make it look, the less like one it feels!
Ultimately, a loft conversion is a matter of what you need and what you think looks nice. It’s important to figure out what you want before you start, that way you can get a good idea of how much it will cost. Otherwise, you may wind up spending far more than you should!