With living space where I live in Wimbledon being at an absolute premium, it is little wonder that many homeowners are opting for a loft conversion to increase the available usable space in their house. Here we have been several reasons why you might want to consider a loft conversion in your London home.
- Space for growing children
It could be that your toddler has grown out of his cot and now needs a small bedroom of his own. Or perhaps your teens no longer want to share a room and moving to a bigger house for the remaining few years they will be living at home is simply not an option. A loft extension is a simple solution to the problem of growing kids, no matter what their age.
- Accommodating an elderly parent
Although most families hope it will never happen, the fact is that often as parents age the family must face the choice of placing them in a residential care home or provide accommodation and care within a family setting. If you decide to offer the latter, but are limited on space, converting your loft for existing family members to allow space for a parent on the ground floor on your home is a great solution. The family can continue with their privacy as always, while the parent does not need to feel she is overly intruding.
- Space to work from home
These days, many people are working from home, either as online entrepreneurs with their own businesses, as a home worker for a company, or as a freelancer. While working from home has many benefits, there are also has downsides, and one of these is the distractions that can occur throughout your working day. A loft conversion allows you to have a quiet space in the top of your house where you can concentrate and get your work done, as well as freeing up room downstairs for family activities.
Flooring the loft
Transforming a loft into livable space requires substantial flooring that is absent in most homes. This can be achieved by attaching plywood panels to the floor joists as subflooring, then installing a floor. Loft floor joists should be 2 by 12 to provide enough support for both heavy furniture and people. Simple storage is usually achieved by laying wood planks on the joists to prevent items from damaging insulation or dropping through to the floor below. Many sturdy flooring systems are available, and you can see plenty of ideas at http://www.dulwichloftconversions.co.uk/loft-conversions-wimbledon. Choose one based on the budget, loft floor’s purpose, and personal style.
When the loft is not used by people, basic covering panels are a safe option. They are sturdy, can fit through a loft access opening and support items up to 200 pounds. These grid panels are ideal under boxes, luggage and holiday decorations. Panels are made of hard plastic and do not warp with exposure to heat and moisture like wood planks. The system can be installed fairly easily by the do-it-yourselfer with nails or left loose. They will also fit comfortably between joists. The panels can also be used as steps to reach plumbing, heating and electrical controls as needed.
Wooden loft floor
For regular loft floor use, attach pine, maple or bamboo wooden planks to joists. They can be stained, varnished or treated with a moisture-proof finish to coordinate with other décor. Depending on the type chosen, this is one of the least expensive options. It can be installed by the homeowner to keep costs down. Footsteps will gravitate to the room below, so use carpeting to reduce the effects. Consider installing a plywood subfloor to make a sturdier surface.
Once a sturdy subfloor is in place, vinyl can be installed for a nicer finish. Whether in rolls or tiles, attaching the vinyl is fairly simple, but time-consuming for the do-it-yourselfer. Laminate will protect the vinyl from scratches, gouges and discoloration. There are a number of types, depending on the manufacturer. Some resemble wood, while others look like ceramic or stone.