When you decide to add an extra room onto your house there are a number of key questions you will need to ask and they are about more than just whether you have the right amount of space available or how much value you will be adding to your property.
– What will I use the space for?
– How do I maximize daylight in the space?
– How does space interconnect with the rest of the house?
– How will this project fit in with longer-term plans?
– How much will it cost and is it value for money?
When taking a look at various home extensions you will find those loft conversions are far cheaper than building on an additional room. Whether your loft conversion will ultimately add value to your home depends on your house itself. You will need to take a look at the size of your house as well as the shape and layout. On top of this, you will also need to take a look at the type of roof you have.
When deciding on doing a loft conversion, two of the main things you will need to look at is whether you have enough room in your roof for the conversion and whether you have enough room in your house to accommodate an additional staircase. Many people consider the conversion of a loft to unbalance a house as a whole.
When considering a loft conversion you will want to do a thorough inspection of your roof area. When doing this you may be intimidated when you see timbers crisscrossing all over the place. While this may seem like an insurmountable task to rectify you could find that it may not be an expensive as you first thought. Taking off an entire roof and fitting band new attic trusses is comparably cheaper than building on a whole new room. This would, however, cost more than simply converting an existing loft structure. Attic trusses will provide a structurally sound, clear and usable space and it may still be cheaper to do this than build an extension.
The next consideration you will want to make is how well the area will be lit. Ideally, you will want as much natural light as possible to enter your new room. You will also want to pay attention to how the room will be ventilated. Research has shown that a daylight factor of 4% is perceived as a daylit space. Daylight factor is quite simply, the amount of available daylight outside, compared to the amount inside hitting a surface 850mm above the floor. Natural ventilation is very important to flush out all of the impurities in the air and supports the need to create a healthy indoor climate. It is recommended that a house is aired three times a day for best effect.
A final key consideration is whether the project is a stepping stone towards where you want to be or will the project simply accommodate your current needs. It is for this reason that you should always keep the balance of space in mind when deciding to convert your loft.