There are so many benefits to attic conversions. You can use them to create extra space in your home. Whether its’ an extra bedroom, home office, or even just storage solutions you gain valuable space for you and your family without the hassle of moving. An attic conversion will increase your property value. If you ever do decide to sell your house, return on investment is pretty much guaranteed. An attic conversion can even help you increase energy efficiency. Attic conversions usually come with insulation to help prevent the loss of heat, saving you money on your bills in the long run.
And while the benefits may seem endless it can be hard to know where to start the process. Smyth Services have shared with us the important things to consider before undertaking an attic conversion in your home.
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Providing a wide range of general building works, the team at Smyth Services are extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of attic conversions.
The majority of attic conversions don’t need planning permission. Attic conversions involve making use of the current size and shape of the attic. Planning permission is usually only required if you plan on extending or altering the roof in some capacity. It is good practice to have an architect view your attic before you begin the process.
How you plan on using your new attic will affect how many or the types if windows you’ll need in your attic. If the space will be used for storage then regular flat windows, or even no windows at all will suffice. If it’s going to be an office or bedroom than, more than likely you’ll need a few windows. Dormer windows are a great way to add extra space in an attic or increase headspace in a low roof.
Space and Functionality
It’s really important to consider the amount of space you have, the desired function of the conversion, and the best way to layout the space to fit that function. A home office will require much less work than a bedroom and en suite, similarly with a storage room. You should also think about access to the attic. Will you need to build a new staircase or will a ladder suffice?
Heating and Insulation
Houses can lose a lot of heat through their roofs so an attic conversion is a great opportunity to get insulation. Not only will this keep the new room warmer but will improve overall energy efficiency for the entire house. You should also consider additional heating requirements for the new attic. Are you going to use electric heaters or do you want to fit additional radiators?
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