There are more and more people who would really love to move to a bigger home. And their number 1 reason is typically that they need more space. But their current financial solution may not allow it.
Well we've got a solution - move up rather than out.
Creating a basic conversion in your attic to provide usable loft storage could have an incredibly positive impact on the rest of your home.
Freeing up the clutter from your kitchen cupboards - dinner sets that only come out at Christmas, the keyboard that never gets used in the living room or all those clothes in your wardrobe that you don't want to throw out, just in case! What about that exercise bike, or weights bench that rarely gets used. Imaging if you could remove all that clutter from your everyday living space but have it somewhere that it could be easily accessed on a daily basis - just in case.
We couldn't recommend a basic loft conversion more. It'll cost you approximately €5000 but the changes it'll allow in the rest of your home will be worth it.
Here are a few important recommendations you should consider:
The first thing you will need to consider is access. It is important at this stage to think about how often you will be using the attic and how important to you is it that you can use it with ease. If your budget is very limited and you want to keep things as straight forward as possible (and are handy with DIY) you could easily install a specialist loft ladder yourself. However there are quite a few companies around the country who specialise in this type of project and who might be able to get the job done much more professionally and quickly!
Once you have proper access to your attic you will be able to easily access your attic in the future - you will no longer need to get the rickety old ladder taken from the shed!
If you feel you will need to access your attic on a regular basis or are considering further converting your attic in the future it might be a good idea, if your budget stretches at this stage, to install a full attic stairs which will make your new storage space even more user friendly.
You will need to lay suitable flooring. Some plywood and carpet or linoleum would be sufficient. You will need to check the spacing between the joists to ensure they can bare the necessary load as it might impact the thinckness and quality of plywood which should be used. Always check with an attic expert, engineer, or architect to get advice on how much weight which is required to be held by the floor.
For a more pleasant enviroment you might consider boarding over any exposed ceiling joists also. However, again, you should consult with an expert to ensure you are fully compliant with fire safety regulations.
Your next step will be introduce more light into the space. At the most basic level this can be achieved through the addition of a basic celing light. Some recessed lighting would be nicer again. You should employ a fully qualified electrician for this step. They will get the job done in a most efficient manner without causing any hazards to the safety of others. You can opt to install a two-way switch which will turn the lights on and off from the bottom and top of the ladder or stairs.
For more natural light, but at a greater cost, you should look into velux windows. The addition of a window will really transform this space from a loft to an additional room in your home.
Some sleek smart and functional storage will really make all the difference in this space and finish it off. You don't want your new space to become a dump room. Try and keep it as organised as possible. Really think in advance about what you will store here: Hoovers, ironing boards, clothes, shoes. Ikea have some amazing storage solutions. And you could get a handyman for about €60 per hour to assemble it all in a day or two.