Your perfect loft conversion starts here
Loft conversions are the ideal solution for creating just about any kind of new room in your home – whether you’ve got a growing family and need an extra bedroom; or want to treat yourself to that office/games room/crafting area. The average loft makes up over 30 percent of a property’s floor space, and loft conversions are consistently touted as the best way to increase the market value of your home. But many house owners are put off this particular home improvement by the potential hassle and disruption involved. With Opun’s loft conversion service we take care of everything for you – we’ll even have someone survey your loft and supply you with technical drafts of your potential conversion, for free, before you decide if you want to go ahead with the project.
Plan your loft conversion
STEP ONE When it comes to loft conversions, it’s best to begin by thinking about what you actually want to use the space for. Is it going to be a bedroom, bathroom or living area? That way you can start to plan the optimum layout of the room. Loft rooms tend to work best when they’re turned into multi-functional spaces, such as a games room with bathroom, but combined with a sofa bed, so it doubles up as an en-suite guest bedroom when required.
Once you’ve considered the possible uses for your loft space, it’s time to get a surveyor in to inspect and measure up your loft. They will be able to assess if it’s suitable for conversion and take measurements for the vital technical drawings you need before any work can proceed.
It’s normal to find you need to alter the layout of your desired room during this process – optimum window placement and building regulations may mean you need to move the basics around a little.
STEP THREE Once you’ve had your technical drawings drafted, you can start to think about the actual aesthetics of the room, as well as the practicalities of different materials. For example, if you want hardwood flooring in your new loft room, then it’s a good idea to also install some sound dampening underneath for the sake of the people in the rooms below! You may also want to consult an interior designer for creative inspiration and planning. When this is all done, your work can begin!
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Up to 30 per cent of a home’s interior area can be taken up by the loft, making a conversion the perfect solution for a growing family’s home. The space could be turned into several bedrooms if needs be; or into one massive space, as seen here. Consider adding a luxurious en-suite bathroom to the room as well.
The sky’s the limit when it comes to loft conversions. There are so many different things you can do with a loft room; don’t get stuck thinking that you have to turn the space into a bedroom. This amazing upstairs home gym even has a sauna and steam room. Loft rooms can also make fantastic home cinemas, offices or hobby rooms.
Add some alpine charm to your attic! Remember that you don’t have to plaster over the ceiling in your loft conversion. Here, the exposed woodwork of the slanted roof becomes one of the most charming features of the room, and gives it a wonderful rustic aesthetic that is reminiscent of a traditional Swiss farmhouse.
Whatever you want to use your loft conversion for, make the most of it by letting in as much natural light as you can. There’s a huge range of skylights and feature windows that you could add to take advantage of the amazing views you’ll likely find from the top of your house!
Frequently asked loft questions
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