5 Steps To Creating Your Dream Attic Conversion*

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Want to add value to your home? If you can’t extend it, then converting the attic or loft could be the next best thing. Most people’s attics go to waste, a place for holding onto clutter that should have been thrown out years ago. Instead of letting this dusty part of your home go unused, put it to better use and turn it into another room for your home.

Create your dream attic conversion with these five steps.
1. Do a thorough assessment of your loft space
Before you start getting carried away with dreams of a loft conversion, you need to first be realistic. Not all homes will have a suitable space for a loft conversion, so you need to do some careful research into whether or not it will work. Find out if your home is suitable for an attic conversion with the help of professionals before you put those plans into place.
2. Decide what you want to use it for
There’s a lot of potential for what you can do with a loft conversion, and whatever you choose could add a lot of value to your home. Another bedroom is a popular choice and could give your home serious market potential if you decide to move in the future. Perfect if you’re expanding the family or things are getting cramped - make sure your loft conversion is put to good use.
3. Start designing
Pinterest is a fantastic place to find loft conversion inspiration. Start thinking about how you’d like your home to look and draw up some plans. You might need to hire an architect or a design professional to help you out to make sure all the dimensions are correct. Remember when it comes to buying furniture for your attic conversion, you need to think about how you’re going to get it all up to the attic, so fit this into your plans.
4. Contract the work
While you could undertake a loft conversion yourself, this is a job that’s better left to the professionals. Find a reputable building company who can carry the work out for you. It’s a process that hopefully won’t take too long, leaving you to get on with the fun things like painting and decorating. Consider using natural materials to decorate your new room to give it a more modern look.
5. Make it accessible
Once your dream loft is in place, make sure it can be accessed easily or once again, you’ll have a space in your home that is going unused. There are different types of loft ladders that will make it easy for you to access your attic, or you can install some stairs. Make sure the access route is safe, especially with children around.

Your loft conversion can be a valuable asset to your home. If you’re thinking about doing it, what’s stopping you? Even if the finances aren’t quite there yet, you could start on the plans to encourage you to save the funds required. Making use of an unused space is an easy way to make your home feel bigger, so start thinking about how a loft conversion could benefit your home.

*Contributed by Sam Jones

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