Thursday, 23 November 2017

A Lofty Position - Conversion Tricks And Tips To Reach The Top (Of Your House)

It doesn’t matter how big your house is, you’re sure to outgrow it! It is in our nature to accumulate belongings until our home is bursting at the seams. There is never enough space for everything. Finding extra room to feel comfortable in your surroundings isn’t always easy. You’ve organised and tidied every drawer, wardrobe and cupboard you have. But have you thought of making more use of the space above your head?

Loft Space
Converting a loft into useable space doesn’t have to be hard work or expensive. It all depends on how far you want to go with it. If it’s just extra storage you need, then there are several options. The first thing you need to consider is access. Start with your loft hatch. Some are situated in very tricky places. Others are more sensibly placed in the upstairs hallway. How do you get up there?

There are lots of different types of ladders designed specifically for accessing the loft space. What you want is something sturdy that is secure and safe enough to carry your things up there. Companies like Empire Lofts can supply these and even make them to measure if your loft hatch is an odd size. Some are telescopic, so they slide out into a full-length ladder. Others fold over themselves like a Z shape.

Not many new build houses have boards already placed in the loft. If nobody has been up there and done that job for you, then be careful. Underneath all that fluffy (and itchy) loft insulation is your ceiling and little else. You will fall through if you put your weight on it. You shouldn’t store your belongings on top of it either. You can install your own boarding up there, but if you’re concerned about safety, hire somebody to help you do that. Once they’re in place, you can walk around and start moving your belongings up there.

Storage Solutions
You’ve probably had some experience with finding extra space downstairs. You might be a dab hand at vacuum packing out-of-season fashion and bedding. Now you have some loft space, it’s time to make sure everything is just as organised up there too. You might install some built-in storage. Perhaps you’ll even go as far as converting the loft into a storage room? Add a Velux window for natural light and plenty of cupboards and drawers.

A Room With A View?
If you want to fully convert your loft into a living space or bedroom, you need good head height from the pitch of the roof. These conversions can cost tens of thousands of pounds, so be certain you need that space! Still, the view will be good. You can add an ensuite shower room. The loft hatch is removed, and a formal stairwell and staircase will need to be installed. Your roof will be fully insulated and plasterboarded to make a beautiful new room.

From somewhere to dump your unloved junk, to a gorgeous new ensuite bedroom, your loft has potential. Which you choose might depend on your budget as well as your needs. Are you ready for a loft conversion?

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