Sometimes it can feel like we never have enough space in our own home, whether that be the size of the house itself, the number of people living in it or the amount of clutter and belongings that we accumulate over the years.
If you’ve explored all the different avenues for creating more space, you may well have come to the conclusion that a loft conversion is the best option for you. But where exactly do you start? There are a few things you need to consider and do before converting your loft, so here’s a little guide to help you through those first steps.
Weigh up your options
You should be able to do the most obvious calculations yourself. Is your loft big enough to be converted? Is your roof at the right angle? Do you have the adequate space for the stairs to go (there needs to be a minimum head clearance of two metres both under and above the stairs)? Do you have the right kind of insulation? You’ll also need to go into your loft with a tape measure and check that there’s a minimum height of 2.2m at the tallest part of the space.
Appoint the professionals
Once you’ve determined that a loft conversion definitely is a viable option for you, now is the time to call in the professionals. You shouldn’t necessarily need planning permission for one, as they’re usually covered by permitted development rights, but an architect or building surveyor would be able to pull all the relevant plans together and seek any necessary approvals. You’d then need to find an experienced builder to carry out the work. There are plenty of loft conversion companies out there who’d offer the whole package for you.
Have a clear out
Before any work can start on your conversion, you’ll need to have a really good clear out of your loft, to rid it of any clutter and make space for the builders. Many of us are guilty of hoarding some fairly unnecessary items in our lofts, many of which could be sold, recycling or binned. If there really is anything of use in there, then perhaps some of it can be brought back down into your home again. But be ruthless and redistribute as many of your belongings as possible.
Put items in storage
But what about if there are large items in your loft, or items holding particular importance that you don’t want to get rid of or have downstairs in your home? If you find that you’ve got a lot of stuff that you can’t part ways with, then the best option, in this case, would be to put those belongings into storage. Self-storage is a great way to clear your house of clutter, but keep all your most important possessions safe, clean and dry. You’ll find storage locations all over the UK, from Wellingborough to Wokingham and everywhere in between.
Let the work begin
Once your loft is clear, the building plans are in place and you’re happy with the quotes you’ve been given, then it’s time for the exciting part to start. Luckily for you, a loft conversion isn’t necessarily as intrusive as a full-on house extension, so your home life should be relatively undisturbed while the work takes place. This is the perfect time for you to start planning how the finished loft conversion is going to look and to decide on all the décor.