Almost a quarter of all UK homes are terraced. If you are living in a Victorian build, you might find that the current layout does not necessarily work as a modern family house. After all, these houses were built to service a different time with different needs; outside toilet anyone?
Now, in the 21st century, many homeowners need their terraced houses to let in light, provide space for ideally more than one bathroom, a study and preferably for children to not to need to share bedrooms at some point. That can be a lot to ask of a dwelling that may have started life as a two up, two down.
One way of gaining more space is extending into the loft space. Many terraced houses were built with a generous an attic area; so, opting for a loft conversion could be a viable way of gaining an extra bedroom, bathroom or study.
Before you embark on your loft conversion, you need to ensure that is it’s viable. As stated above, while many terraces do have a decent attic space, not all will have. You will need at least 2.3m of height at the highest point for the loft area to be considered usable. You will also need to take the space needed for a staircase into account. At Simply Loft, we can come to your property and conduct a free site survey to ensure your home’s suitability to create a loft conversion.
Lofts and attics have, for a long time, been used for storage and hiding the house’s essential utilities. If you have large boiler or water tank in your loft, it may be possible to rectify this by getting an efficient combination boiler in the kitchen. If you are worried about losing storage, it is possible to reclaim some storage space in a loft conversion by creating cupboards in the eaves. However, if you have lots of stuff in the attic that you’ve not looked or even thought about in years, then it could be a good opportunity for a clear out.
Using a loft conversion to add a bedroom can be an effective way to add value to your terraced home – especially if it has an en suite.
Terraced houses are not generally known for being light filled spaces; however, loft rooms can be flooded with natural light with the installation of skylights. You can also infuse more light into your house overall by adding strategically-placed light wells into floors and staircases.
Adding an en suite or another bathroom to your house can also help boost its value. Bathrooms can usually fit well in lofts and even small spaces can often be configured to create a space that will take a shower, toilet and sink unit. To keep costs down, it usually better to put a bathroom at the back of the house or above the kitchen as this is where the soil pipe is most likely to be.
If you think a loft conversion will make your terraced house more liveable, then contact Simply Loft. We are specialists in London Loft conversions and have worked across a range of properties throughout the capital.