Loft Conversions Tips
When it comes to adding space to the house, it is easy to forget that there’s this big area above the house that could be ripe for conversion – the loft. Here are some top loft conversion tips to help you figure out what to do with the space you already have.
Figures from RICS show that converting a loft can add up to 25% on the value of the home. But not every loft is suitable for conversion. One general rule is if you can measure 230cm from the floor to the highest part of the room, you have enough head height to convert the loft. And for a bedroom or living area, aim to have at least half of the loft at this height.
Building regulations say that there must be a permanent staircase if you are using the loft as a bedroom, bathroom, study or playroom. It doesn’t need to be as wide as normal stairs and a fixed ladder style or spiral staircase can often be a space saving option.
A basic loft conversion can take as little as 4-5 weeks with scaffolding used to access to the loft until the stairs are added. Work is noisy but the mess is less than a ground floor extension and outside chutes are used to get rubbish to the ground.
Don’t forget to choose the right windows for the space to let in light. If there are pitched roof areas, roof windows or skylights are ideal. Dormer windows are also a popular option, but some planning permission may be needed for them.
Contact Decal Scotland to discuss your requirements.