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Loft Conversions: A Developing Trend*

*This article is published in partnership of Mediabuzzer.

Loft conversions are emerging as a very popular way to provide extra living space, especially in the UK, where land prices are very high, and when you take into account the very affordable cost of a loft conversion when compared to a traditional extension, it is no surprise that many homeowners turn to maximising the existing living space.

Low Investment – High Value

There is no actual construction needed with a loft conversion, as you already have the structure in place, and all that’s required is internal cladding. When compared to the very high cost of building a traditional extension, there’s no contest, and be removing the existing loft insulation, you also have a warm and cosy conversion that requires no extra heating. There are quality loft conversions Twickenham residents apply to their homes and these are all carried out by experienced professionals who can make the most out of your available space, and they can easily be found with an online search.

Boosting Property Value

A loft conversion might be the cheapest form of creating extra living space, yet the increase in the property value is huge, making for a really wise investment. The loft conversion is classed as extra space in the same way an extension would be, and when selling your home with a loft conversion, you can expect to receive top prices. The outlay for a loft conversion is very small when compared to other ways of gaining extra living space, and the added value it will bring is considerable, to say the least.

Scope of Work

The first thing is to create the floor, which is done by fixing chipboard to the joists, then a couple of skylights are added for natural lighting, and the roof is cladded with plywood (insulation inserted behind). After that, the water tank needs to be boxed in, with a service hatch built in, and boarding up pipe work, which leaves the loft ready for second fixings.

Range of Uses

Your new loft conversion can be used as an extra bedroom, a home office, or as a study centre for the kids, or even that man cave you promised yourself. The choice is yours, and for a relatively small investment, you have that much needed extra space that does not require heating. A little decorating and a few finishing touches, and the loft is ready for use, and with a made to measure drop down ladder in place, you have the perfect access.

Ventilation

The two skylights should have openings, and most people will install an extractor fan at one end of the loft, which provides more than ample ventilation. This really depends on the size of the loft, and a large unit might require more skylights to provide ample natural lighting.

If you would like to explore the potential that a loft conversion has to offer, there are local builders who specialise in converting attics into living space, and by asking for a few quotes, you will be in a position to make an informed decision on the best way forward.

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