Many people opt for Hertfordshire loft conversions as a way of adding extra living space in their homes – and it’s certainly one of the most cost-effective ways of doing this. But you do need to plan properly and make sure you know what you’re doing so as to avoid any problems along the way. Here are our three top tips to help you get to grips with this particular home renovation project.
You might not think that soundproofing would be necessary but you may well regret it if you don’t do it as you build. It’s easy to do – all you have to do is ensure that you use sealant around your floor edges, tape up your insulation materials and make sure that the build is airtight. Fill any gaps between floor joists with something like acoustic mineral wool and use chipboard that comes with cement inside to help reduce any transfer of noise between the floors.
When converting your loft space you need to think what it will be used for and whether you require a permanent way of getting up into the attic. If the loft is being transformed into a habitable room such as a bathroom, bedroom or playroom you need to allow for a permanent staircase, so make sure there’s room for this below. Retractable attic stairs will not be sufficient.
Ensure that you comply with building regulations when converting your loft, so check that they all meet the stringent fire resistance standards before you buy. Make sure that you install sprinklers, escape access and fire and smoke alarms as well.