Adding value to your property – Loft conversions
Loft conversions can look fantastic and add value to your property if carried out correctly, to a high standard. If you’re considering a loft conversion, be sure to shop around to find a trustworthy company to carry out the work for you.
A half-finished loft conversion is the only thing worse than a poor quality one. Work out how much you have to spend on a conversion, and consider how much value it will add to your house. If you’d be spending more than the value added, then there may be no point starting. Collect three quotes from different, reputable companies and compare the figures. Remember, the cheaper option is not always the best, and like with most trades – you get what you pay for!
Once you’ve finished budgeting there are two main things to consider:
What do you want the space to be used for? Once you’ve decided this, the whole design process will seem much simpler. A loft conversion to create an office will require a dramatically different layout to a luxury, master bedroom with an en-suite.
How much space is available? Don’t be fooled, your loft may seem large but if head space is limited, the novelty of a loft conversion will soon wear off if a room’s purpose is a games room.
Windows are the primary source of natural light, and in the case of dormer windows and balcony windows, can also provide additional headroom, so consider how window design can enhance both the space and the light of the room.
The style of lighting will depend on the amount of headroom available. A traditional single pendant may cause an obstruction, so free standing lamps or spot lighting may be more suitable.
The colour scheme you choose is important. If you want to avoid redecorating at all costs in the future, stick to neutral colours like beige, cream, and white. If your loft conversion is small, lighter shades will help to brighten the room and make it appear larger.
An en-suite design must be practical and functional, but be sure to consider how it blends in with the design of the overall conversion. If the rest of the space has a light airy design, compliment this with a modern, streamlined bathroom. If the room has a more rustic appearance then extend this to the bathroom with wood features and fittings.
Storage and Furniture
Built in storage is incredibly useful, particularly in rooms with limited space – like loft conversions! Especially if your loft has previously been a dumping ground for Christmas decorations or clothes sat waiting to come back into fashion.
If space is particularly limited, why not consider a pull-down bed, or hidden workstations to maximise floor space and make the room appear bigger.
Don’t forget to check with your local planning department, to see if building regulations apply to any loft conversions.
Contact the iMove team here for more advice on how to increase the value of your home, or to book a valuation.