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Most of us could do with an extra room or two in the house. No matter how big the house, it never seems to be quite big enough. The accumulated possessions of the average life always tend to grow until they are just too big to fit into all the allotted space.

When this happens there are three options. Firstly, you can move house, which seems like an extreme solution. Secondly, build an extension to your existing property. All very well if you have the necessary space. The last solution seems to make more sense. Most of us have a loft space that we’re not using to its full potential. Loft spaces are usually big enough to convert (although it’s a good idea to check with a builder or loft conversion specialist).

With a loft conversion you can create an extra room or two, all within the existing structure of the house. With some additional insulation and wiring it’s not actually that difficult to convert a loft. The major considerations are access, light and height. In most cases you’ll need to install a staircase to get to the loft space. This will be one of the costliest aspects of any conversion.

You also need to think about light. Most loft spaces will have no existing light entry points, which means you’ll need to put in some windows. You can do this by putting in loft windows or by extending space with a dormer window. Not only does this allow you to create a more natural light source through normal windows but it also solves one of the other problems of loft conversions, namely the height aspect. Because most loft spaces have sloped roofs, a dormer creates additional headroom and creates the sensation of space.

Dormer windows also allow you to match loft windows to existing house windows. So if you have timber casement windows elsewhere in the house, you can also put them in the loft, blending in the new addition seamlessly and making it look like a part of the house.

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