Sometimes, when you realize that you need more living space, the basement is the first spot that comes to mind. Instead of working your way down, why not look upwards to provide the additional room you need. Your attic space is capable of so much more than humble storage. In fact, in design terms, your options are limited only by the square footage you have to work with. Aside from added space, there is the bonus of increased value of the home if you should decide to sell it at some point.
Before Getting Started
Like any other home renovation, a loft conversion requires realistic goals and some planning. Some loft conversion ideas are not workable due to the ceiling height. Plus, there might be a few structural obstacles that will cramp your style. An initial assessment will tell you just what you will be able to achieve. You may have to factor in a roof adjustment, provided it is within the reach of your budget. You can also consider lowering the ceiling in the room underneath the loft to give you the space you need.
No matter what type of conversion you are going for, you will have to plan carefully. First, the plans must be compliant with local building codes. Then you must think about the changes that will make the space comfortable. Insulation will be a key factor, as what is suitable for a storage area might not work as well for a bedroom or a comfortable room for personal space.
The converted loft space must have adequate lighting and ventilation. While you will be installing lighting fixtures, some natural light is always a good idea. If possible, install a skylight so that the space will always have a warm, inviting feel. We also recommend dormers in some attics because they increase valuable, usable space as well as providing an excellent natural light source and a window for ventilation.
Installing stairs for loft makeovers can be challenging in some homes because of limited space, but with the right contractor, you will end up with a creative staircase that works in the available space. Let us show you some of the ways we can design your attic and the access point to it without resorting to an attic door and potentially-dangerous ladder.
Ultimately, your changes depend on your needs, and the needs of your household. Bedrooms are probably the most common attic makeovers. If you have enough room, you can put in a bedroom with a small bath. You can also convert the space into an entertainment area, or a playroom for kids. You may simply need space to organize storage for items that you want to keep in a climate controlled storage area. Search the Internet for design ideas and color schemes that may work for you.
Give us a call if you unsure about your lofty goals. We can tell you what will work, and whether your ideas are too far outside your budget range. We are experts at home remodeling, and we will transform your attic into a beautiful space you can enjoy for many years.