Attic Conversions: What You Need To Know

With the increased rental costs, not to mention the difficulty of finding a nice place to live, many students and young adults are choosing to stay living at home with their parents even if it means a commute. At an age when they need some private space, parents are exploring the options of converting the attic into a bedroom / study for their young adults.

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If you are thinking of converting your attic, here’s what you need to know:

What will an Attic Conversion Cost?

How much does an attic conversion cost? It is likely to be in the region of €25,000 – €35,000 for an attic conversion in a standard semi-detached house. This depends on the amount of work that is required, for example, if you want to include a bathroom in the conversion and of course, the finish. It is usually less expensive than an extension and it will increase the usuable space of your home. It should increase the value of your home too.

What are the Requirements?

Some houses aren’t suitable for attic conversions. In order to comply with building regulations, the space has to be “habitable”. That means that half the room should be 2.4m high so there is enough “full height” space within the room to make it comfortable.

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It also has to meet the latest fire safety requirements. Your architect will advise on your individual circumstances but the windows need to be appropriately sized and positioned for escape purposes.  You’ll also have to install a smoke detector and link it to the power supply.

Other Considerations for Attic Conversions

The positioning of the stairs into the attic space is important. Sometimes there aren’t many options and the stairway can remove substantial floor space.

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This room is large so the loss of floor space to the stairs isn’t so crucial but you can see that a significant portion of floor space is taken up. Positioning the stairs by a wall is sometimes the best option as in this bedroom with a desk for study.

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Ideally, the location of the stairs can maximise space and could even be used to create different zones or rooms within the attic.

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You may not want to lose half a bedroom on the first floor to the installation of a stairs so if space is tight, a spiral stairs or similar could be the best option. However, a spiral stairs will limit the size of furniture and other items that can be transported upstairs then so bear that in mind.

Ideally, the location of the stairs can maximise space and could even be used to create different zones or rooms within the attic.

Consider soundproofing too – for all of your sakes and privacy.

Use the space under the eaves for the storage of clothing, books and other items.

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This is the best way to keep head-height floor space clear thereby maximising space as well as providing ample storage.

Pull out built in wardrobes deliver lots of storage and yet the room can maintain a streamlined appearance.

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If your house has a trussed rafter roof (trusses that have metal gussets at the junctions), the modifications will add significantly to the cost as these can’t support the additional loads associated with an attic conversion. Always get an expert’s opinion as remedial works would be a substantial cost too. If the trusses can be an architectural feature of the attic conversion design like this stunning room, all the better.

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If you are thinking of converting your attic and you’re wondering where to start, fill in your details on our “get quotes for your job” page to get quotes from up to four rated builders, architects or other trades.

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How to Decorate with White

White is not defined as a colour because it is the sum of all possible colours. Yet, it’s a common “colour” used in interior decorating. If you’re considering decorating and furnishing rooms in white, and wondering if it might be too bland, too cold, too light, too hard to keep clean, then these tips will reassure you as well as giving you some ideas.

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White Living Rooms

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Whites with blue undertones are crisper, whereas whites with yellow undertones are warmer. If the room has lots of natural light flooding in and isn’t north facing, the former won’t be cold. You can see the owner of this living room hasn’t tried to warm it up with pops of “hot colours” such as pinks or reds. Instead, they have embellished the cool tones with different shades of blue and navy. What about a living room that is almost completely white? Is it impractical? Might you feel that you can’t relax in case you leave a mark on something? Is it too cold? The living room below is almost completely white, even down to the choice of colour in the flowers on the coffee table. The large plant creates a burst of green but it’s a colour on the colder side of the spectrum. So, does it work?

It does. It is warmed by the beige shades of the coffee table, wooden floor and the buildings in the paintings. There’s a lot of texture in this room too – the tendrils of the plant, the tassels on the sofa rug and the stitching on the pouffe and floor rug.

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White Bedrooms

If you’re the type of person who finds plain rooms restful, then having a white bedroom like the one below is ideal. Not only  is the palette calming, but you’ll make an effort to minimise clutter. You’ll notice this bedroom has clean lines in abundance – the detailing on the bedding, the thin lines of the reading lights, the floor rug, the ladder, the Venetian blinds. They all add detailing and layering so it isn’t cold. This bedroom is a haven from the busy world of the city.

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What if you decide this look is a little too bare? If those clean lines make it a little too cold in the winter months? Just add textures (as in the design below) with cushions, chunky throws and rugs and remove them when the chilly months pass.

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White Kitchens

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Are white kitchens just for people who like minimalism? If looking solely at kitchens like the one above, you’d be tempted to say yes. But that’s not always the case.

Country style kitchens can be white. They just need a few design features to make them cosier and more “countryfied”. This kitchen has both open shelving and glass fronted upper cabinets which lends a rural appeal. The few accessories on the worktop and the presence of foliage take away any risk of it looking bare. Instead, this looks like a family kitchen, tastefully decorated.

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White Bathrooms

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Is it necessary to add colour to a design scheme that has white sanitary ware? Not necessarily. Keeping it light and white means this room appears larger, more spacious, and brighter.

There you have it, lots of inspiration and tips for decorating some rooms in your house in different tones of white. I hope it makes you feel braver about giving it a go. Remember, you can always look for quotes from rated interior designers, builders and decorators from our website.

And as a contrast, here are some ideas for decorating rooms in black.

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Results and Video of our September Draw 2017

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Hi folks,

here are the results and video of our September Draw 2017. Each month we have a draw for everyone who hires a tradesman and provides feedback. So not only do you get up to 4 quotes from Rated Tradesmen but you also are in with a chance to win a cash prize as well!

The draw for everyone who hired a tradesman and provided feedback in the month of August was held on September 30th. The results are as follows:-

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Decorating with Black – Tips for 4 Rooms in your Home

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Decorating with black?

Does this sound too dark, too sombre, too claustrophobic?

If that’s your initial reaction, then prepare to be surprised and delighted. Black can be a sophisticated, moody, dramatic and glorious colour to use in the home. Here are some tips and examples regarding how to use it well.

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What Your Book Shelves Say About You

What do your bookshelves say about youHave you ever found yourself looking along bookshelves when you visit a person’s house? I often do it, mostly to see what books are there that I have read and perhaps chat then about a particular author or book. The books we read and and how we display them provide a lot of information about us without us even thinking about it.

What do your bookshelves say about you?

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Attic Conversion Prices Survey 2017

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Hi folks,
recently we carried out a survey on attic conversion prices with some of our tradesmen across Ireland. The question we asked was the same as the one we asked in a similar survey in 2014, so it was interesting to compare the results. The question we asked was as follows:- How much would it cost, excluding vat, to add an extra bedroom in the attic and were there any tips they could give for getting the best job done. Here is a sample of the replies we received below:-

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Interior Design Trends for 2018

Interior Design Trends for 2018If you’re planning on some decorating soon, you’ll want to know the interior design trends for 2018 and you’ll also want reassurance regarding which ones are likely to be a flash in the pan and which will last for a number of years.

1. Autumnal Colours

The good news is you can get your room ready for Autumn at the same time as doing a “getting trendy for 2018″ makeover. Beige and brown are back in and so are the lovely vibrant autumnal hues of mustards, oranges and reds.

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Results and Video of our August Draw 2017

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Hi folks,

here are the results and video of our August Draw 2017. Each month we have a draw for everyone who hires a tradesman and provides feedback. So not only do you get up to 4 quotes from Rated Tradesmen but you also are in with a chance to win a cash prize as well!

The draw for everyone who hired a tradesman and provided feedback in the month of July was held on August 26th. The results are as follows:-

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Blending Period Details with Modern Conveniences in your Home

how to give your home more character and styleThe vast majority of us would struggle to live without modern conveniences in our homes now – from central heating to flush toilets, from dishwashers to piped hot water, from smart refrigerators to Netflix. But what about when we are living in an old house or want to add “country charm” to a new build? Is it possible to merge some period features with the convenience of high-tech living? Of course it is..

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Room Divider Ideas for your Home

Room Divider IdeasAs more homes are open plan in design or have multi-purpose larger rooms, the use of a permanent or portable room divider can help you to make more use of the space, provide some storage, allow more privacy, create different zones and yet maintain the feeling of space within the large area. Here are a variety of room dividers with suggestions of how to use them within your home.

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