Loft conversions typically throw up a few obstacles, whether that’s rotten joists or a water tank in the middle of your loft. Most of these are easily overcome, and actually offer an opportunity to upgrade parts of your home while you’re already getting building work done.
There are a few ways of dealing with a poorly-positioned water tank – some of these require minimal work while others involve some plumbing and changing elements of your home’s heating. Your main options are:
- Box the tank in and leave it in place
- Move the tank to the edge of your loft conversion (this can be down with or without an upgrade)
- Remove the water tank entirely and upgrade to a combi boiler so you no longer need a tank
All of these options have their own pros and cons, and considerations.
Boxing the Tank In
This is by far the simplest and cheapest solution, but it will have an impact on the shape and usability of your loft space. A cupboard around the centre of the room is fairly unconventional. If you already have a wall there and are planning to build multiple rooms, this can be a fairly elegant solution and just hidden within the plans for the loft. However, if you only planned to add one room to the loft conversion this can seriously impact whether you can fit furniture in and comfortably use the room.
Move Your Water Tank
Keeping the water tank in your loft is more expensive, but not the most expensive option. You can choose to keep your water tank or upgrade to a smaller version which will save yet more space. Moving it typically requires a day of work, and will involve a plumber. Many loft conversions include bathrooms so will already need to hire a plumber to do some of the work, so this is not a large addition considering the full scope of work.
Upgrading to a Combi Boiler
You can get rid of your water tank altogether. This is the most expensive option, but it will help your home become more energy efficient and can ultimately save you money on your bills.
Speak to Loftworld about your water tank and which option you would like to take during your loft conversion.