The attic in a house is normally the place where we store stuff that we haven’t really got the time to sort through (to decide whether we want to keep them or not), or perhaps to store items that we don’t want to get rid of yet can’t find a suitable place for in some other part of the house.
But sometimes we might want to use the attic as another bedroom or bathroom, for example, or even just an area for the kids to play in. Whatever the reason, if you are looking to convert your attic into a useful living area, then you need to check out these helpful tips for ideas and information on how to go about doing so.
Make Sure You Don’t Fall Afoul of the Law
When it comes to attic or loft conversions, planning permission is not normally required from your local authority. The exception is if you need to extend or alter your roof space, and such extensions exceed specified limits and conditions.
The Planning Portal website offers a great deal of information into the legal aspects of attic conversions, including a comprehensive list of limits and conditions, and well as details on building regulations that you and any contractors you hire must adhere to.
Use Light Colours
If you have a semi-detached or terraced house, then it is likely that you won’t have a massive amount of room to play with. There is one key to make any small room appear to be bigger than it already is; use light colours!
White is an obvious choice, doesn’t cost a lot to buy, and works well with a number of different styles.
Take Advantage of Natural Light
Light from the sun is plentiful and enjoyed by all, so why spend money filling your attic with loads of electric lights when you could simply install some nice skylights to fill your attic with natural (and free) light!
Skylights also offer a way to air your room easily, especially on hot days, and you can install blinds on them for privacy. Check out the example photograph above to see just how awesome natural light in an attic can be, and how it can work for you!
Worried About Noise? Fit Some Carpets!
Although it can be very tempting to fit some nice oak floorboards or laminate flooring, if the main occupants of your attic are going to be walking or running around a lot (kids for example), then it might be a kindness for the occupants of rooms directly underneath to have some good quality carpet fitted.
It’s also worth using a 7mm or so underlay to dampen the noise levels down even more. Although I do love oak floorboards and laminate flooring, it’s a nice feeling to be able to walk barefoot on carpet, especially on a cold winter’s morning!
Short On Space? Forget A Staircase, Get A Loft Ladder Instead!
Sometimes space can be at a premium when it comes to attic conversions, so if you’ve got a small attic then you ought to consider getting a decent quality loft ladder, such as one from Fakro for example.
There are many different styles of loft ladder to choose from, you are only limited by your imagination (and I guess budget)!