Renovating your attic space by doing a loft conversion may also prove cheaper than moving to a new home and is potentially the only option if your section is not large enough to add an extension.
Benefits of Renovating Your Unused Roof Space
Everyone loves space and with house prices continually rising, now is a great time to capitalise on the equity within your home. Transforming the space between your roof and ceiling into an extra bedroom or living area is becoming increasingly popular because it does not involve growing the physical footprint of your home. Instead it uses some of the existing structures of your building to allow you to add an extra storey to your home.
- By moving upwards rather than out, you are not shrinking your existing outdoor living space. With land at a premium nowadays, many homes no longer have the good old kiwi quarter acre and instead have around 400-500sqm of garden. If you have children, enjoy gardening or outdoor entertaining, a smaller garden is not going to be advantageous to you.
- An attic conversion helps to increase the value of your home by providing a larger usable area through adding a bathroom, bedroom and ensuite or even a playroom.
- Views at street level are generally not impressive, but turning your roof space into an extra room with dormer windows lets you see over the rooftops of your neighbours to those evasive ocean or bush views, which definitely increases the value of your property.
- Renovations are not usually weather dependant with attic conversions, especially if the roof itself does not need any alterations. If you are adding windows, your builders can ensure it remains weathertight by careful protective wrapping.
- Increase the light into your home by creating open links between your new attic space and the floor below via an open stairway. Rather than just keeping all this extra warmth in one place, by having stairwells or other areas within your floors also sends light to lower rooms too.
Houses with higher pitched roofs are more suited to using their roof space because they provide more headroom and usable floor space. While a designer can work with sloping ceilings, the amount of headspace available does impact upon the usability of your loft conversion. They will be able to say whether your ideas for a studio, office, bedroom or extra storage is practical or if you should consider another use for that room.
Our team of builders and designers have undertaken many loft conversions around New Zealand, giving homeowners more options when renovating. If you too would like to experience the extra space an attic conversion provides.