UK Loft Conversions

Choosing a roofing material for your home can be can be a really tough decision. It’s best to at least know what all your options are so you can choose what works best for you.

1. Baked Clay Tiles: extremely solid, heavy tiles with a long lifespan

2. Plain Tiles: are flat without ripples

3. Concrete Tiles: less expensive than baked tiles and have more variations and colours

4. Natural Slate: expensive but looks great and lasts a long time

5. Artificial Slate: is made from fibre cement

6. Metal Tile Sheets: light-weight sheets of steel or aluminium with the look of roof tiles

7. Zinc Slates: looks like natural slate but slightly bigger

8. Zinc, Aluminium or Copper Strips: from a patina over time that gives a nice colour and longer lifespan

9. Corrugated Sheets: profiled, double compressed fibre cement sheets

10. Shingles: bituminous material which contains fiberglass that is typically used on garden houses and extensions

11. Bitumen Roof Shingle: light-weight imitation of slates in bitumen

12. Reed: a very expensive roofing material now used mainly for bigger villas, outbuildings or prestige projects with excellent insulating properties

As a home owner, one of the best ways to add value to your home is a loft conversion. It also is a great way to create more space, without the added hassle of building outwards. This typically involves planning permissions as you are more likely to be making major changes to the exterior of your home. Most loft conversion do not involve extensive exterior modification so are more easily accomplished.
Recent research conducted by the Nationwide Building Society states that loft conversions can add up to 20% to the valuation of your home. So, if you have a house that is valued at £200,000, that is a value boost of £40,000.
If you really need more space, are able to afford a loft conversion, and able to put up with the moderate hassle of having construction work being performed on your home, then what are you waiting for? Considering some of the other options, a loft conversion is one of the best ways to go and totally worth it!

If you have had a loft conversion but decided not to completely overhaul your roof’s exterior and add in windows then your loft is still likely to look very dark. Sunlight is one of the best ways if not the best to brighten up any room including your loft, so if you can add windows then this is a wise idea. If you can’t then not all is lost, we have compiled a list of ways you can still brighten up your loft without natural light.

1. Furniture – when placing furniture in your loft, you will need to think wisely about exactly what type and colours. White and light wood coloured furniture is likely to brighten up your loft. It’s best to avoid dark colours.

2. Décor – you should also consider the type of décor you have in your loft. The same rule applies as furniture, the brighter the better. If you have walls that you can decorate do so with clean bright colours such as bright whites.

3. Glass – think mirrors or even glass furniture, the glass will reflect any light and bounce it across your loft.

Once you have decided to have a loft conversion there are several things you need to consider, one of the most important factors will be making sure your conversion is structurally sound. In most cases, existing lofts do not have internal load-bearing walls to support a new structure so that’s where beams come in to play.

Once installed they have the ability to hold the extra weight of the converted space. There are a couple of different options for your beams material but the most commonly used is steel. Steel is a cheaper material choice and overall can help keep costs down.

Steel beams also offer durability, this is a big factor in your loft conversion as you want everything to remain as structurally sound for as long as possible. The only main risk associated with steel beams is the risk of rust. This isn’t a high risk especially when you compare to timber beams that could potentially rot, develop damp or insect infestation.

Steel beams generally are easier to install too. They can be broken down into smaller sections and then reconnected using specialist equipment.

If you are looking to remove your water tank in the loft in preparation for your new loft conversion then you will need to consider what your options are.

Chances are if you have a water tank still in your loft then you are still using a fairly old system. The old vented heating system used to be in most homes in the UK but in recent years many now have a modern alternative which takes your water directly from the mains. If you are looking to remove your water tank you will need to look at replacing with either a system or a combi boiler.

A combi boiler is the most commonly installed in the UK because of the convivence it offers. It takes cold water from the mains and heats on demand. Combi boilers are also a lot smaller in size and does not require a hot water cylinder. A system boiler heats your radiators only from the mains, you will still need a hot water cylinder for domestic use. When you upgrade you are likely to see a reduction in your heating bills.

The majority of people who have a loft conversion tend to convert into either an extra bedroom or office/storage space. We’ve compiled a list of alternative loft conversion ideas, albeit some of them are very different, you will get a tonne of ideas that will inspire you.

1. Photographers penthouse – this is more of a loft extension but still the same principle – a photographer had a huge all glass room added on top of his home. Amazing!
2. Recording studio – a huge space to record music, complete with full sound insulation.
3. Art studio – a large open space with lots of natural light to get those creative juices pumping.
4. An office with a balcony – a great example of bringing the outside in. A modern swanky office with large sliding glazed doors to reveal a roof top balcony.
5. Climbing loft – one lucky family is out there with a huge rock-climbing loft sat above them. This design has made use of the complex geometry often found in attic spaces to create a series of challenging ‘rock’ walls.

Some lofts are too small to convert into a bedroom or office but can still be fully converted to create extra space. Turning your loft into a space where your children can play and enjoy their hobbies will massively declutter the rest of your home.

Young children’s toys tend to take up space in most rooms of your house and the hobbies of your older children tend to require numerous amounts of equipment which can make your home become cluttered. Loft conversions can accommodate a large amount of bespoke storage which means you can declutter your home.

You can paint walls a light colour to open up space and have large windows to let in natural light making it an open spacious area for your children. You can use bean bags and cushions for added comfort eliminating the need for any big furniture.

Bench seating is a fine option for summerhouses and that’s because they can be extremely versatile. If you’re designing them yourself, you can make them into chairs, which lift up so there are storage spaces below. The whole bench panel that you sit on can be raised so you can store equipment such as books, magazines, shoes and candles, so you never run out of supplies! With bench seating, you can also neatly arrange them around a coffee table, whilst it means you do not have to ever buy or update chairs. The only job you may need to do is reupholster the cushions every few years to stay on trend. Another big advantage with bench seating is that it can save space. These are tight to the wall of the summerhouse so you make full use of the space on offer and leave more of an area in the middle of the room for coffee tables, radios or TVs.

Skylights can add a touch of class and elegance to your home, and there are so many different shapes, sizes and designs to choose between nowadays. That said, with this working as an additional window in the home, should you look at buying custom made curtains or blinds, so you’re able to shut out the light when you wish? This wouldn’t be a bad idea, and many people opt for electric operated blinds, as it means they don’t have to grab a ladder or stand or a chair to operate them. With electric operated blinds, you’ll shut the light out beautifully, even if the skylights are positioned at an awkward angle. As great as it is to have lots of fresh daylight in a room, it can also be very nice to shut out light in the evenings and remove any source of chill from the room, so installing blinds is a great way to do this, just do opt for electric operation if your skylights are quite high up.

There are many reasons for needing an extra room in your home, such as a growing family, the need for an office, or siblings wanting some privacy. If building an extension is off limits and you are unable to create a loft conversion, an alternative option could be to add a wall partition to create two small rooms for one large room.

You can add a partition wall in a variety of different ways, depending on how permanent you wish this alteration to last. For a permanent change, simply adding a wood and plasterboard wall will work perfectly, creating a wall that blends into the rest of the room.

For a less permanent option, you could add a long ceiling rail and curtain, partitioning the room with the material, this can be an option for providing older siblings with some extra privacy. There are other alternatives too, such as a plastic folding wall that can be put up and taken down as required.

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