The loft is frequently the most neglected room of the house, along with the garage and cellar, which are abandoned in favour of high traffic rooms we use for living on an everyday basis.
Often the loft is seen as a handy storage place for dusty old boxes full of unused bits and bobs that take up more space than they are worth.
However, from adding an extra room to your home to slicing a generous chunk off your energy bills, a loft has plenty of untapped potential.
What springs to mind when you hear the word ‘renovation’? Refurbishing projects generally refer to rooms such as the kitchen and the living room, which have the highest traffic and experience the most wear and tear.
But have you ever thought of revamping your loft? You could transform a dark and dingy loft with little or no use into a brand new bedroom, creating more space in your home and making it a more comfortable place to live.
You could create a new office to give you some privacy away from the rest of the house when you are working from home or even fashion a studio to rent out as a handy money maker on the side. It’s an obvious point to make but any additional space will add value to your home, which could work in your favour, especially if you ever plan on selling it in future.
Did you know that you could be losing up to 15% of your heating costs through the roof of your home? Insulating your loft will stop expensive heat escaping, keeping your home warm and saving you money on your heating bills.
Fitting insulation is a simple procedure and can be a quick DIY job when done properly. Before getting started, the loft needs to be decluttered and you should make sure to put on protective gloves, goggles and a dust mask.
Building regulations recommend 270mm as a minimum depth, but the thicker you go the more savings you will make. When unrolling lengths of insulation, be careful not to squash them down as this will reduce depth and effectiveness. For extra protection, you could insulate your pipes and the cold water tank – just take care that you do not insulate below the cold water tank.
If you are not looking to convert your loft, it is at the very least a useful place to store things that do not necessarily have to be in the living areas of the house. A well-insulated loft could be a great place to store a new boiler if your current boiler is old and needs replacing.
Modern condensing boilers of today are another effective way to improve energy efficiency in the home and slice pounds off your heating bills. Efficiency ratings for today’s condensing boilers are over 90% in comparison to 50% in some older boilers – plus you can free up some space by re-locating your boiler to the loft, a win-win all round.
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This guest post is courtesy of Kate Anderson of Boiler Guide, away from work Kate enjoys home improvement and practising what she preaches by making her own home more energy efficient. You can follow Kate on Google+