If your house has an existing loft, you’re probably using it for one of these three reasons:
- Storage of old or unused things
- An extra space for a semi-useful purpose
- Absolutely nothing
Most of the loft spaces are not optimized to their full potential. A poorly used loft is like the Avengers with the Hulk sitting by the sidelines. In other words, by not making use of the loft properly, you are missing out on a lot of things that could benefit your home.
This is the reason why loft conversion has become a trend in home architecture these days. Converting a loft brings you a lot of benefits, some of which include the following:
- Increase in the value of your home
- Additional room for your house
- No need to extend the house, should you feel the need for expansion
- Opportunity to unleash your creativity
Embarking on a loft conversion project allows you to make a long-term home change that can really benefit you in the future.
5 Golden Rules To Make Your Loft Conversion Affordable
Unfortunately, converting a loft will always need you to shell out a significant sum of money. The good news, though, is that you can follow these five tips to save you from having to spend so much on converting a loft:
- Make sure that your plans fit the space
Regardless of the loft conversion type, you need to check first if your intended purpose can be achieved in your existing loft space. Assessing the space is one of the first things that you should do, before hiring a contractor or buying construction supplies.
- Ask for price estimates
Whether you’re going for a DIY project or hiring a contractor, check the price estimates. This way, you have an idea if you can afford the conversion or not. It’s also a good opportunity to compare your options as to who is going to convert your loft.
- Start simple
Don’t start your loft conversion venture by purchasing a grand piano! You need to return to your original purpose for converting the loft. From there, think about what that space needs at the bare minimum.
For instance, if you’re planning to convert the loft into a bedroom, you may start with the bed, lighting fixtures, and the bedside table. If you have extra budget, you can go ahead and think about purchasing other fancy stuff to decorate the room. You might want to consider soundproofing the loft bedroom.
- Stick with a rectangular shape
Curved rooms may look amazing and sophisticated, but they won’t matter if the project becomes a financial sinkhole. Rectangular or four-walled rooms are the cheapest to build and make use of. If you don’t have enough budget, stick to the four corners for now.
- Make use of your old stuff
If you have old furniture, fixtures, and other home elements that you don’t use anymore, this might be a good opportunity to use them in the new loft arrangement. You can do any of the following:
- Reuse, such as an unused table or sofa
- Repurpose, such as turning an old bed frame into benches
- Resell, by having a garage sale and using the profits for your loft conversion project
Converting a loft doesn’t need you to break the bank. All it takes is a dash of creativity and a knack for wise decisions to pull off a beautiful, functional, and cost-effective loft conversion project.
Guest Post: John Miller