A loft conversion is one of the most economical and convenient ways you can add more space to your home. When it is properly done, it will not only add more space to your home but it can also increase the value of your home by up to 20 percent. Furthermore, by converting your loft, you are able to have more space without having to endure the stressful process of moving home or even the costly, troublesome work of adding an extension to an existing living space. However, before you can start the process contacting a loft conversions in Wimbledon firm and converting your loft, you must ensure that the project is feasible.
Questions you should answer before undertaking a loft conversion
Is the space in your loft usable?
Before you can do anything else, you should determine whether the available space is ideal for a conversion. When carrying out your assessment, you should consider the available head height and Roof pitch and structure among other obstacles that may make it difficult to convert your loft. Your loft can be converted if it has a head height of 2.2m or more. When it comes to the structure, your home either has the traditional framed or the truss section type. Homes with the traditional roofing are usually the most ideal for attic conversions as their space can be easily utilised, unlike the houses with trussed roofing that needs additional structure input before it can be used.
Which is the best style for your loft?
The main types of attic conversions that you would probably have to choose from including the mansard, roof light, dormer, and hip-to-gable. The best style of conversion for you will likely be determined by the age and type of your home as well as your budget. The roof light style is usually the least troublesome as it does not require any changes in the pitch or outline of the roof. The dormer style is more appropriate for houses with a sloping roof. The hip-to-gable style is best for houses that are fully or semi-detached as they require the extension of the sloping hip roof to form a vertical wall for a bigger internal space. The mansard style requires the most work as it runs along the length of your house roof.
In addition to the available space and the ideal style of conversion, you must factor additional issues that may have an implication on the cost of the project. Things such as the reinforcement of the floor, added insulation, staircase, skylights and electrical will likely affect the cost of your project and thus, it is important to ensure that they are factored on the initial plan before the work begins.