There are a few very good reasons why you might decide to convert your attic space. Foremost among them is that, if you can spare the storage space, a loft conversion brings a whole new dimension to your house, creating a new room unlike any other in the building, with all the elegance and coziness that comes with sloping roofs and skylights. The other great reason to convert your loft is simply that it is a great investment. And there is no need to sell the home right away – unlike a new paint job or installing new door hinges, you can live in your converted loft for as long as you like. And it when it comes time to sell, you still have a converted loft and all the added value this brings.
However, as you might expect, not all loft conversions are the same. In fact, hardly any two are the same. A loft conversion only entails the conversion of an attic space into anything other than an attic. Within that, there are nearly endless possibilities. What type of loft conversion you ultimately go for will depend upon your priorities, your budget, and whether you’re doing it ahead of a sale. CityHome Collective, a real estate brokerage out of Salt Lake City, advise that a loft conversion is one of the best ways to hike the value of your home for sale.
Raising the Value
So what are the best loft conversion tips and ideas? That depends on so much but, even still, there are some elements of loft conversion that are currently very hot on the market and will ensure a significant increase in your home’s value. It should be noted that a loft conversion obviously reduces storage space, and so for those who are prioritizing storage, it might not be the best idea. But then again, the value of having a whole new furnished room as part of your property far outstrips any value lost from this. Moreover, in the vast majority of cases, a loft conversion only makes your home more attractive and valuable. To that end, here are some loft conversion tips, curtesy of CityHome Collective.
Leave Any Beams on Show
If you’re lucky enough to own a period property, then traditional roof beams are one of the surest ways to really accentuate this aspect of the house and massively hike its value. And even if you have a more modern home, filling in the roof space risks making the space more cramped. Leaving the beams on show creates an impression of a space and headroom, and you can decorate them however you like.
Add a Mezzanine
If it’s within your budget and the space is large enough, creating a mezzanine can make your attic space infinitely more attractive. The principle of “building upwards” applies here too and using the mezzanine for the sleeping space will massively increase floor space. It is a winning idea.
Replicate the Stairs
If you have stairs leading up to your attic, then you should try to have them match the stairs elsewhere in your house. You can do this by installing the same staircase if it’s available to purchase or you can use reclaimed banisters for older properties. This will give a unity to the whole house.
In fact, creating unity is a key tip. By making your attic space feel like an extension of the home, it will lose the sense of being an out-of-the-way nook designed for storage. In short, it will make your home seem bigger, and with that comes a significant amount of extra market value – as well as plenty of beauty and comfort.