How to Convert Your Loft into a Home Office

Although the government argues that the economic crisis is over, for most ordinary hardworking people it may not feel to be. If you run a small business, you might think about running it out of your home instead of a leased office. This will allow you keep a little bit of extra money in the bank. If your home doesn’t have a spare room or study, you could consider converting your loft into a suitable space.

In this article, we’ll look at the process of planning a home office conversion and whether it may be less of a headache than initially thought. So without further ado, here’s our guide to converting your loft into a home office.

1 – Planning Permission

Before you do anything else, you should check to see whether converting your loft into an office is going to be allowed in terms of planning permission. Generally speaking, most people don’t have a problem here, but if you’re going to be extending the space, putting in a bay window or doing anything to change the physical shape of the room, you should probably consult the UK Planning Portal site, as planning permission – if you need it – will need to be factored into the project time.

2 – Planning the Space

Once you’ve enquired about planning permission, you’ll want to start visualizing the space (you’ll notice that converting a loft is all about planning!). You’ll need to plan how you’re going to surface the floor, how you’re going to insulate the walls, where your power units will be, where your windows will sit and more. There’s a lot to consider, it may be worth using a digital note tool like Evernote to help you keep track of your decisions.

3 – It all comes Down to Money

Finally, affordability is key. Dreaming and planning is the first step, but bringing the construction workers in to do their jobs is dependent on a carefully thought out plan to finance your project.

Working to a budgeting calendar and saving monthly if you’re envisaging a longer term plan for a conversion. However if you’re looking to get the project underway in the near future, one option you could look at is a loft conversion loan like those offered by Nemo, as this means you can spread the cost over a number of years and reduce the initial impact of a large one off payment. It’s important to remember that these types of loans are secured against your home so the ability to afford monthly repayments is crucial.

If you’re ready to begin gathering inspiration, online communities like Pinterest and Houzz are great places to start.

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