How to Plan an Attic Conversion

Your attic space can be a great storage space, but sometimes you might feel that there’s a better way to use it. When it’s just full of Christmas decorations or junk you’re not using, you could put it to better use. Converting your attic can give you more useful living space and it could add value to your home too. But before you can convert your attic, you need to think about what exactly it is that you want to do. Planning your attic conversion should be the first step before you start making any moves. You’ll need to decide what you want to do and get some quotes for the work.

Assess the Space

Start by assessing your attic space. Not all attics are suitable for conversion, so you’ll need to check yours before you start doing any work on it. The most important thing is likely to be the size of your attic. You need enough space so that you can stand up and you’ll be able to use the space as you intend to. Your attic might need to be strengthened in certain places to make it safe to be used as a living space. An architect can look at your space and draw up plans for you.

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Check Permits and Regulations

There might be certain permissions that you require if you want to convert your attic. Sometimes you need a permit to complete major renovations for your home, although that’s not always the case. Before you do anything, make sure you check if you need a permit to get started. Another thing to check is your local building regulations. Regardless of whether you need permission to carry out the work, you’ll need to follow these. They can specify everything from spray foam density for insulation to fire safety measures. Whether you carry out the work yourself or hire contractors, the building codes need to be followed.

Look at Different Types of Conversions

There are different types of attic conversions and knowing the different styles can help you to decide which one will suit your home. The type of conversion that you choose will depend on the shape of your home and roof and how large you want to make your conversion. For example, you might have an L-shaped dormer loft conversion, which joins two dormers together to give you an L-shaped space. Another option is a skylight conversion, which only requires you to add skylights without changing the roof of the property.

Plan Your Layout

You’ll need to think about the layout of your attic conversion and what exactly you want to do with it. Maybe you’re planning to use it as an extra bedroom and you even want to add an ensuite. If this is your plan, you’re going to have to consider plumbing, as well as electrics. You might also want to alter the entrance to your attic space, so you’ll have to consider whether to move it.

Plan your attic conversion carefully if you want to successfully create a new space in your home.

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