All you Need to Know About Loft Conversions
More and more UK homeowners are turning to loft conversions in their quest to increase their living space, which is mainly due to the high cost of building we face today. When compared to a traditional bricks and mortar extension, the cost of a loft conversion is very low indeed, and it isn’t difficult to find a builder in Alloa who is experienced with such a project.
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Aspects of a Loft Conversion
With a loft conversion, you already have the outer walls and the roof, which does make things a lot easier. The following features would typically be included in a loft or attic conversion:
- Creating the flooring – Chipboard is used to create the flooring, which is nailed directly onto the joists (after removing the loft insulation).
- Adding Skylights – Usually 2 or 3 skylights would be fitted, which gives you adequate natural lighting.
- Cladding the Walls – Plywood can be used to clad the interior walls, including the roof, and with a special layer of insulation, this will prevent heat loss through the roof.
- Hiding the Water Tank – If your loft has a water tank, this can be boxed in with plywood, leaving a small service hatch for tank maintenance. Pipes and cables would also be boxed in with plywood.
- Access – The small hatch would be enlarged and a special drop down staircase built, which gives you convenient access.
There are other considerations, such as interior decoration, power socket and light fittings, while the floor would either be covered in carpet tiles or vinyl.
If you would like to explore the potential that a loft conversion offers, an online search will help you to locate a local builder who would be happy to quote for the project.