Home extension is one of the many popular ways to improve one’s house. Now don’t let the name worry you. This does not simply mean covering more lot space, a method that can be arduous, expensive and may not be available in certain housing types; you can also expand your house’s floor space by making use of certain idle spaces in your house. One such space is no other than the often neglected attic.
A loft conversion gives use to one’s long neglected, dark, and dusty attic. In this method, that space between the roof and the ceiling is transformed into a structurally sound and liveable loft room. It is famous for certain qualities that made it stand out against other home extension methods, namely its flexibility and simplicity.
Converting the Loft: The Basic Steps
If you are wondering how it’s all done, then you’ve come to the right page. Below is a quick loft conversion guide:
Every single process where man is involved begins with a well thought out plan. In this step, the conversion’s feasibility is assessed by understanding the loft size, the resident’s requirements, and the budget. The plans are then drawn up after or during the feasibility study. It should be noted that the design should be well within the parameters set by the current building laws so it won’t require a permit, acquiring which takes some time to finish.
2. Review the designs.
Determine whether your design fulfilled your requirements or not. Consult it with the local building control officer, and once you get his or her approval, move on to the actual building.
You’ll need to first renovate your attic such that it can accommodate a loft room. To start with, reinforce the ceiling joists. You may then add the stairs before or right after this to make the renovation a lot easier. Next, clear all obstructions and fill the spaces between the beams with insulating foam, after which you may add in the floor boards. You may then install the loft’s windows and construct the roof extensions. After this, keep some roof space allowance by setting vertical dividers against the roof support no less than 20cm from the eaves, apply insulation to the roof’s underside, then cover the walls with boards.
4. Set up the room.
Now that your loft is ready, start building the partitions and other necessary features according to the plans you’ve drawn. Work on this systematically, and keep everything structurally sound.
5. Add utilities.
Hire a certified electrician or plumber, as the law only allows qualified individuals to do this work. If you are accredited in both areas of expertise however, you can just do it on your own.
6. Furnish the loft.
The last part of our loft conversion guide is this hate-it-or-love-it step of loft conversion. This is when you should apply the final touches to the room, then furnish it in whatever way you wish.
How the attic ends up depends in how things are handled. As such, loft conversions should be done orderly and systematically, and guides such as this can help a lot in that regard.