As a family expands, it’s only natural that they begin to think about moving to a bigger home. But with the increased uncertainty in the housing market more and more families are looking to renovate their current home, and attic conversions are quickly becoming the most popular way to increase the space in the family home.
Normally the parents decide to convert the attic into a master bedroom with en-suite for themselves. They would normally give their old bedroom to the eldest child freeing up a bedroom for another child. The possibility of installing a skylight giving panoramic views is also a big attraction. A star filled sky or an epic sunrise are enough to make anyone wish for an attic conversion. Another added benefit though is that a master bedroom with an en-suite and great views would make for a great guestroom for friends and relatives at holiday times.
Another great use for an attic conversion is for people who have an artistic side. Artists, writers, sculptors etc. would no doubt find endless amounts of inspiration with a light filled, spacious room that’s cordoned off from the rest of the house.
Musicians can also benefit greatly from an attic conversion and the rest of the family might be glad to be away from the noise too! It’s also possible to soundproof the attic. This would obviously add to the cost but would definitely be worth it if the musical instrument was something like the drums or electric guitar. If it was a piano, you may have some difficulty getting it up in the attic!
Another great benefit to having an attic conversion is for someone who’s running a business from home. From experience I know a home office can quickly be turned into a quasi-nursery or ad-hoc laundry room. If you’re serious about running your own business then the fewer distractions you have – the better. So being away from the hustle and bustle of the daily goings on of the house will help you focus much better on your business.
Lastly another great idea could be to turn your attic into a gym. Again the light airy space and possible en-suite would give you the perfect place to work out and the cost of the attic conversion would be offset by costly gym memberships.
A final thought when getting your attic converted would be to have a think about installing solar panels on your roof. Seeing as though you’ll be making alterations to the roof anyway you may as well look into the cost benefit of getting solar panels installed as this will save your outgoings over the long term. Many local governments are also offering grants so again this cost could be reduced significantly.
So the next step would be to sit down and look at some interior design magazines, discuss the possible use of the attic conversion – and if your budget can afford it then you should start contacting your local builders for tenders – and remember to always check their work history and portfolio.