AUG 5, 2014

5 Things to think about if you’re considering a loft conversion

If you’re thinking about turning the loft in your home into a fully functioning room then there are a number of things that you should consider before making any plans.


Let the light in

Lofts can be dark and dingy, so when renovating your loft it’s important to make sure that you are letting in as much natural light as possible.  Rooflights are very popular options for loft renovations as they’re ideal for the location and are very energy efficient.


Panelled ceiling

If you’re turning your loft into a functioning room then you’ll need to make some changes to the ceiling.  One of the simplest options available is panelling.  Panelling with applied mouldings gives a really clean and professional finish suitable for any type of room.


Insulate the floors

One thing to remember about loft rooms is that they can be noisy for people in the rooms below.  Make sure that you choose quiet flooring like carpets and rugs where possible and insulate the floor joints to limit noise.


Easy access

Lofts aren’t usually the easiest to get into, so you’ll need to plan access to your new room carefully.  If you are limited by a small budget then you should choose the option that avoids modification to the rest of your home as much as possible. It is possible to get very cheap, steep and narrow ladder staircases but don’t forget to consider whether or not this is practical as you may need to get furniture up into the room.


Ventilate and insulate

It’s important to consider how you are going to ventilate and insulate your renovated loft room as heat rises, meaning that the lofts can get very warm.   Your loft is also likely to be the area where the most heat is lost from your home.  Rooflights that open can be a great option for ventilation as they will allow air to circulate; they’re also very efficient at insulating a room when closed.

Created on 5th August 2014
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