3 Things to Consider Before Building a Velux Loft Conversion

August 29, 2014 12:25 pm

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Velux loft conversions are among the most popular types of loft conversion – they’re usually faster and cheaper to build than the alternatives while still adding a huge amount of value and space to your home.

But, like any home improvement, there are plenty of things you need to consider before committing to this type of loft conversion.

Is Your Roof High Enough?

All loft conversions must have headroom of at least 2m along the stairs and on both landings. Average ceiling either throughout the UK is around 2.4m, and if you have a sloping ceiling (as Velux loft conversions do) it’s best to increase that figure at the highest point to ensure that you can stand up straight as much as possible.

While building regulations are a minimum requirement, it’s best to exceed them whenever possible. Ceiling height has a huge impact on how a room feels and how usable it is – low ceilings can feel oppressive and limit how much of the room you can realistically use. In short, the more headroom you have, the better.

How Much Light Do You Need?

The general rule is ‘the more light, the better’, but with Velux loft conversions there is a cost for installing each window so it’s best to decide how much light you’d like, and where you would like it to be concentrated. If you have several rooms in your loft conversion, you may want a single window in the bathroom and several, larger windows in the bedroom.

It’s also important to remember that you may want to block out light too – Velux offer a range of blackout blinds for that purpose, and again you may only want to add them to the windows in the bedroom where you will be sleeping rather than spending money to block out light to the bathroom.

Do You Want a View?

view from velux window

Most Velux windows are on the ceiling of the room, so they don’t offer much of a view. In some cases, clients would like to enjoy the view from the loft conversion so the windows are lowered slightly. This approach is best for living room conversions, rather than bedrooms or bathrooms where clients prefer some privacy.

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