A loft conversion can be a lucrative choice for a homeowner in a variety of different situations. However, the potential benefits of a conversion will only be maximised if sufficient thought is given to design issues.

There are various ways forward, but for progress to be sustained there are several points that should be thought through with care:

Be practical

When it comes to loft conversions, maintaining a practical attitude can be of importance. If building work is to be done as an investment, it is imperative to proceed in a sensible way. Letting the imagination run wild is not necessarily the way to go. It is great to have ideas and to be positive about them, but a little realism can be useful too.

Get assistance from an architect

It may be a prudent step to get help from a local architect, who will be able to draw up plans. In addition, they should know the common pitfalls to avoid. If they have experience and flair, they should be able to come up with a design that a skilled builder can translate into reality. Some building companies have their own preferred architects. The main thing is to get professional input if possible.

Take into account existing structures

It might seem obvious, but it is vital that any design for a loft conversion works with the structure of the roof space that currently exists. In this context, designers are not like painters in that they cannot start from a blank canvas. The structures of the building should not be seen as determining the design, but a design cannot work if it fights against the limits of the space. Acting with a bit of caution can really pay off.

Consult with an experienced builder

Experienced builders with sector-based skills know how to make sensible designs work effectively. It can be worthwhile to discuss your thoughts with them at an early stage in the project.