When it comes to the problem of not having enough space in the home, one of the most budget-friendly solutions (certainly when compared to the enormous cost of selling up and buying a bigger house) is to expand your existing space, perhaps by moving on up, instead of moving on out? However, as with all good ideas, possible solutions often give rise to more questions so here at Abbey Lofts we aim to help you with some answers to that big one which usually starts it all: can I convert my loft?
When the family or a hobby grows, the accommodation offered by the average terraced house can start to feel cramped and leaving the local area can be the last thing you want to do. If that’s the case, it can make sense to stay put and look to the loft for extra living space, with a terraced house loft conversion.
Whilst most of us want to extend upwards to realise potential space, it’s certainly becoming evident that many of us also want to realise potential income from our homes – and with a loft conversion, it’s possible to achieve both!
Although suggested timescales are estimated, sometimes it’s just useful to know what to expect, particularly if you have work and a family to consider.
A loft conversion is a great way to extend your living space, but no one wants a music room which causes arguments with the neighbours or a cinema room which disturbs those sleeping below.
A loft conversion is a significant investment of your money and time - and can also have a considerable impact on your domestic life and well-being. With such high stakes, managing your loft conversion project in a professional way is essential for maximising the return on your investment in your financial, as well as family future.
In terms of creating something like a loft conversion, eco-friendliness means that the processes involved in the manufacture of components, as well as those components themselves, are not toxic or harmful to the environment. So how does this translate into an eco-friendly conversion?
Properties and localities of conservation areas can offer very special character features and histories. Of course, this is all part of the charm of living in such an area but can make it more difficult to do everyday things such as extending the property with a loft conversion.
When looking into increasing the size of living accommodation, the most popular choices are building an extension or creating a loft conversion. However, when having access to outside space is as much a consideration as space inside, neither of these two choices seem to work - after all a loft conversion only creates space inside, not outside, right?
Despite the fact that British homes now prove that we’re well and truly in the era of the combi-boiler, with over half of UK homes heating their water this way, in many lofts a water tank still lurks.
It’s official – homeowners in North London have increasingly been converting their lofts instead of moving, part of a trend which looks set to continue into 2017.
Moving house has always been recognised as being stressful and expensive but as property values continue to rise, the associated costs of moving in the UK, especially London, are also becoming increasingly expensive.
Having a loft conversion is all about adding value to your home, not just fiscally, but also in terms of making the most of your space. But making the most of the space can lead to a few design dilemmas - the loft room isn’t just about creating space for its new use, but also about compensating for losing some storage space.
Although the well-known adage “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” could be considered as another way of saying looks don’t matter, when it’s your neighbours and the planning office who will be beholding the dormer window of your loft conversion, the look is absolutely everything.
The idea of a creative space is certainly inspiring, but check out our checklists to see what else you may need to consider in the context of some very specific creative space loft conversions...