When it comes to carrying out loft renovations for your clients, some crucial elements will need to be considered if you want to ensure the finished product matches your clients’ expectations. In this article, we’ll set out the key things for contractors to remember when renovating loft spaces.
What is their vision?
First and foremost, you should find out what your client’s plans are for the finished room as this will impact the renovations. You’ll want to know what they are planning to turn this space into. Will it be for practical use, such as storage or a home office? Is it going to be an extra bedroom or a playroom? Or does it need to be a multi-purpose room that can double as a spare room and study while also providing extra storage space?
When choosing roof insulation for a loft renovation, there are a few factors to consider.
Not all insulation is made equal and some products are more flammable than others. It’s important to choose insulation that is fire-resistant for the safety of your clients and their home.
The R-Value of insulation refers to the resistance of the flow of heat through the material. A higher R-Value will prevent more heat from escaping, which creates a more energy-efficient home for your clients and a reduction in fuel bills.
If your client is planning to use the loft space for a study, bedroom, or playroom then adding high-quality insulation can help with soundproofing. The density of the insulation will muffle noises from outside the home, like noisy neighbours or busy traffic, and also prevent sound from travelling through the home, meaning your client can practice their musical instrument without disturbing anyone or take that important video call without disruption.
Some common materials used for insulation, such as fibreglass, for example, can become allergens and pose a health risk to clients.
Adequate loft lighting will help your client get the most use out of their new loft space and it’s important for safety reasons too. If your client only plans to use the loft for storage, then artificial lighting should suffice. Existing lighting circuits can usually be used to wire up and install a loft light.
However, if the room will be used as a workspace, studio, or bedroom, then your client will want natural light too. You should discuss the possibility of adding windows to their loft space and the different types available.
Another reason why it’s a good idea to discuss your client’s final aim for the loft is so you can discuss whether they want any permanent fixtures built into the space. This might be a desk or table built into a wall, inbuilt cupboards, wardrobes or shelving, or a custom bed platform or mezzanine.
For clients who may be restricted with what renovations and alterations they can make, there are lots of ways to make use of the existing space and carve out new space without needing planning permission or an extension.