Bristol has a sizeable population of around 430,000, plus over a million more in its designated larger urban zone. This number, all sharing the city’s area of 110 square kilometres, made sure that every inch of the city land is utilized well. Indeed, residential lands are used economically, as emphasized by the rather common narrow, multi-storey houses.
Needless to say, one or more families occupy these residential buildings. While these families increase in size and material possessions, the living space they occupy is gradually diminished. Normally, single or multiple storey home extension is done to alleviate this problem. As they’d require an increase in the house’s land area however, Bristol’s cramped urban environment won’t allow this.
Fortunately, there is loft conversion. Bristol homeowners can choose this as an alternative to more impractical home extension methods. For those who do not know, loft conversion means turning your dark, dusty attic into a more useful part of the house. How is this achieved? Here are the basic steps.
1. See if your attic is up for conversion.
Before kick-starting your loft conversion, Bristol authorities require you to have your attic evaluated by the local building control officer, so as to find out if you can safely and legally renovate your attic. If lucky, the BCO can give you some advice so you can upgrade it to standards, or maybe relax a few rules whenever necessary. Be advised that you need to pay at least twice, one for every inspection and another for the completion certificate.
2. Draft a loft design.
You should already have your future loft room’s dimensions after the assessment. Using whatever measurements you’ve come up with, draft a design for your loft. You may want to hire an architect for this if you lack the ability to do so.
3. Gather the necessary loft materials.
Once you have the design, purchase the supplies needed for your loft conversion. The essential ones should be wood, plaster, steel joists, nails and screws. You can easily find these in building supplies stores which are mostly located in Bristol’s city center. Make sure you only purchase what’s needed without going above the budget.
4. Employ the right home extension professionals.
You can’t of course renovate the loft on your own. You’ll need the help of professionals, some of which are required by the law. For this, you might want to hand-pick freelancing specialists and construction workers, or hire one of the firms offering loft conversion Bristol has plenty of.
5. Work on your loft.
Once you have the plans, supplies and the necessary personnel, you may now go on and renovate your loft. You should start by reinforcing the floors with steel joists, then work from the lowest point up. Remember to take time to ensure a high quality output, but do not delay too much. Once done, you may furnish your loft and work on the layout as you see fit.
As you can see, loft conversion takes less work than the usual home extension projects you’d find in more spacious settlements. It may not come any cheaper, but if you live in cities like Bristol, you’ll find it the most convenient way to gain extra living space.