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A loft conversion can be a great investment in your home. Assuming your loft is suitable for turning into habitable space, and the vast majority are, the additional room can easily increase the value of your home by 20% or more while giving you more living space in your home.
While most homeowners choose to use the converted loft space to accommodate an extra bedroom, the rising trend towards working from home has meant that home offices in the loft are becoming more and more popular. Whether you’re doing occasional freelance work, have a sole trader business or work in partnership with a few colleagues, loft offices can be a convenient and cost-effective solution.
Before you go ahead with a loft conversion, make sure that it will actually give you an appropriate space for a home office. How will it work to put a desk and chair, computer equipment and bookshelves or filing cabinets into the transformed roof space? Is there enough usable space?
Headroom is key; most lofts are designed with a pitched roof which can substantially restrict standing headroom in many areas of the conversion. You should get an architect or a local loft conversion expert to assess different loft conversion designs (such as these from A-spec Ltd) and decide which one is best suited to your home working requirements.
Then there are the structural safety aspects to ensure that the additional weight of the proposed furniture and furnishings can be accommodated. Finally, consider requirements and specifications for sound and thermal insulation regulations.
Once you’ve come to the conclusion that putting a home office into the loft is a viable solution, a wide range of other practical considerations comes into play, most of which center around access and usability.
Here are 6 things you should definitely include in your planning:
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