A Bungalow Loft Conversion - Making It Work For You

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Published: 24th December 2010
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In the current economic climate, it isn't the best time to be thinking about moving house, if for whatever reason you would like more space. One possible answer to avoid this is to consider extending your present property.

Initially a bungalow can seem a great choice, as they can be described as a economical choice of property however an expanding family can possibly find themselves needing extra room. With a bungalow loft conversion you can add rooms to the property providing you and your family with that essential extra space.

Before rushing into any decisions you need to do a bit of homework to ensure that your property is structurally suitable for a bungalow loft conversion. You might find that the walls within the loft are not sufficient to support an additional floor, when properties are built they are not usually designed with this in mind.

In the event that this is the case it can usually be fixed through having the walls underpinned, this should sufficiently strengthen and secure the stucture. You will need to employ a structural engineer to discover and oversee what must be done prior to beginning work.

Once this is in hand you'll be ready to consider how you will use your new space. If a new addition to the family has spurred the expansion of your property, an additional bedroom or bathroom are obvious choices. Or even an extra bedroom that includes en-suite facilities for the best of both worlds.

If a member of the family works at home, a quiet and private work place is a fantastic use of a bungalow loft conversion. An office can also be quickly adapted into an alternative room like a bedroom - great if your priorities change plus a great feature should you ever put your property on the market.

Many who have already embarked on a bungalow loft conversion have found it to be an ideal solution to offer a play area for kids. This is usually a great choice for those who have children and want to keep their toys in one space to prevent you having any accidents caused by trips and falls! And based on the space available as a result of your bungalow loft conversion you could consider two additional rooms. Do keep in mind your children are going to get older eventually and will no longer require a playroom - simply employ a playroom design which will be simple to convert into an alternative room once the kids get older.

Despite all of the fun of developing a new room there's a much more serious matter that needs to be considered - fire safety. In a bungalow loft conversion the typical escape route would be the stairs, meaning that the staircase must be located very near an exit in the bungalow. If this is not possible, you should ensure there is an acceptable escape route through a loft window, therefore you need at least one window that is simple to open and is also large enough to escape through. Also be conscious that if the floor area of the room is larger than 50m squared or your extension has more than two extra rooms, other safety requirements may apply.

This article was written by R. Deans on behalf of Buckley Loft Conversions, experts in bungalow loft conversions. For more info on bungalow loft conversions please visit Loft-Conversions.com

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