It makes sense to make the most of your attic with a brand new loft conversion – but how do you find a firm who knows exactly how to maximise the space you have?
Loft conversions can be a great way to add an extra room onto your home without the need for an extension – especially if you have a growing family or don’t fancy dealing with a lengthy planning permission application. But what kind of loft conversion do you need? And how do you find a loft conversion company who can make your vision for a new room a reality?
Types of Loft Conversion
In many homes attics and loft space aren’t suited to every type of room conversion, usually because of their limited height; structural shape and/or layout; limited access to water and electrical outlets; and lack of windows and/or proper ventilation. Nevertheless, there are still a number of different types of room you can opt for when considering a loft conversion, including the following:
- An additional family bedroom or guest bedroom.
- A nursery or playroom.
- An art studio, study, library or office space.
- An extra lounge or home cinema room.
- A billiards and/or games room.
- A multi-purpose utility room or storage space (although in this instance you might need to consult a loft conversion specialist about the viability of gaining access to utility connections in your particular property).
What to look for in Loft Conversion Company
Although most loft conversion experts will be able to offer a variety of differing services depending on the nature of your home renovation, there are still some essential things to consider when hiring the contractor for the job. For instance, most loft conversion specialists should be able to…
- Carry out a preliminary inspection of the property to determine the extent of your loft space and any limitations on the kind of conversions or renovations you have in mind.
- Liaise with you over the course of the conversion to make sure your ideas are heard and the room caters to your needs.
- Bring a team of specialists to help plan and realise your loft conversion from start to finish, including a project manager, architect and interior designer if necessary.
- Take into account all aspects of the loft conversion during the planning and construction stages, including lighting, insulation, heating, ventilation and utility connections.
- Make room for a staircase or steps leading up the newly converted room directly from the top floor landing of your home.
- Have years of experience in loft conversions and the home refurbishment sector, and the right training and/or qualifications to carry out a major loft conversion – proof of which can be presented upon request – and alongside any other references and/or letters of recommendation.
- Offer a competitive price-plan to help you pay for materials and labour up-front but spread final costs out if necessary (although it is worth bearing in mind that loft conversion companies in London and other major UK cities may charge more overall).
Whatever kind of loft conversion you end up going for, just make sure you shop around and speak to a variety of different firms to be certain that you find the loft conversion company that is right for you.