Factors to consider with your Loft Conversion

If you want to make the most of the loft space in your home, talking with a loft conversion architect is a great way to bring ideas to life. As with any kind of renovation work, there’s plenty to think of before the project gets underway. So, with this in mind, here are five vital considerations for your loft conversion.
  1. Planning permission

Loft conversions are often straightforward in the sense that they don’t usually require planning permission. This means you can get on with the job at hand without being scrutinised by neighbours or the local authority. That said, it’s always best to get the green light, particularly if you are extending the height of your dwelling in any way, plan to use different materials to the rest of your home or happen to live in a listed/protected building.
  1. Light and space

Looking to extend your loft space and let as much light in as possible so its not dark and gloomy? Then a dormer loft conversion might be the right option for you. As you’ll be adding an additional structure to a sloping roof, this is one example of building work that will require planning permission. But the results can be breath-taking, transforming a once unused area into a playroom, bathroom and so on. A simple flat-roof design is the most cost-effective option, but it all comes down to personal taste.
  1. Loft access

Whether you’re creating a hideaway office or a cubbyhole bedroom ideal for guests, loft access should be thought about considerably. Ideally, access should run on from your existing stairwell as not only does this look aesthetically pleasing but it makes sense on a practical level. If this isn’t possible, it’s a good idea to speak with professionals such as our Bluelime Home Design loft architects in Kent, who can help re-purpose another area of floor below for the stairway. Temporary ladders are not recommended as they are clunky and often unsafe. That’s why talking everything through with a qualified designer is so important.
  1. Floor joists

Your loft conversion needs to be secure, stable and liveable. That means that certain structural elements such as the floor joists will need to be strengthened. Usually, new joists are inserted next to old joists to offer extra support. These may be thicker and more hard-wearing than those already in place – and for good reason. After all, you really don’t want safety to be an issue. Remember, never act without seeking the advice of qualified loft conversion specialists.
  1. Home comforts

If the loft is draughty, you’ll avoid it at all costs. If the insulation is poor or if sound proofing is non-existent, the loft will become a space no-one uses. So, think about all these necessary home comforts. To help your loft feel part of the overall property, the right materials must be used during the conversion. While rigid insulation can be used between and under the rafters, acoustic plasterboard will help to keep out external noise. All windows will also benefit from double glazing. Contact Bluelime Home Design today for architectural services in Kent. With offices in Dartford and Bromley as well as Erith, Bexley and Croydon, Bluelime Home Design carries out loft conversions and home improvements including kitchens extensions, bedrooms and bathrooms remodelling.    
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