Benefits Of A Loft Conversion

There are a number of great benefits to the purchase and construction of a loft.

Loft Conversion Benefits

Extra Space

If you’ve already done it, you’ll already know that one of the hardest things to do is move home. When you’re settled into a nice area you don’t want to have to move again as it costs money and can be a real headache. Add children to the mix and you have the added nuisance of moving schools.

That’s why the opportunity to add space to your existing home is an excellent option. You will gain valuable space for you and your family and save money on the cost of moving. Sure, you will have to spend money in order to do this, but let’s take a look at our next loft conversion benefit…

Increase Your Property Value

If you own your home or you are still paying it off, you will find that adding a loft conversion can add serious value to your home. In most cases we’re looking at a 20% increase in value, but with the right additions this can be considerably more. Think about it. You’re increasing the actual living space of your home by a quarter (or often more).

For property developers, adding a loft conversion is one of the most immediate steps they take because the return on investment is practically guaranteed. In fact, we often work with developers for the sole purpose of increasing property value.

Storage Space

Perhaps not the most exciting reason for West Sussex Loft Conversion services, it’s not to be over looked! By creating additional, easy to access storage space, you can make your possessions far easier to deal with!

Let’s be straight. We’ve seen a lot of lofts in our time. Most of them look like a ragged pandoras box of old memories, which is a real shame when you consider what all those possessions you store really mean to you. By designing bespoke storage solutions, you can make it easier for you to access all of those memories you have locked away.

Energy Efficiency

As we all look to our impacts on the planet, we need to consider how much energy we’re consuming. In older houses it’s often the case that we’re losing huge amounts of energy due to poor insulation. Of course, if you’re on a budget, you could settle for simply better insulating your home. However, if you do have the budget, why stop there?

By converting your loft you can do so much more. Improve your energy efficiency, increase the value of your property and increase your living space!

Getting Creative

We never really grow up, do we? I mean, we all get jobs and lead serious lives, but we still have that child inside that wants to have fun.

By converting your loft you can let your imagination run wild! How about a private home cinema? Or a play room? Or what about a water park? Ok, we got carried away, but the possibilities are practically limitless. Planning permission might be a bit trickier for those more wild projects, though don’t worry about that for now…

How Important is Wood Drying?

 

Did you know that the wood used in constructing furniture, cabinets, etc., all go through a process called wood drying? It is a significant aspect of using timber in order to make it applicable as construction material. However, those working outside this kind of industry always find the wood drying process a mystery. In this article, you will learn the basics of how wood drying is done in order to make it ready to use for construction.

Moisture in Wood

Before getting into the processes of using kilns for wood drying, it is worth your time exploring why the wood drying industry do this processes first.

Whether you are using wood for a small woodworking project or want it massive droves for heavy duty construction, its moisture content has a profound effect on the wood’s performance.

Throughout the time that timber was taken out from its roots – the tree itself, all the way to after it has been prepared in forms ready for construction, the timber continues to either lose or absorb moisture until it comes to the same level with the surrounding environment. These processes are referred to as equilibration, wherein it can cause a variety of issues. The most common one is when the wood shrinks unevenly or gets damaged when the process of drying them happens to quickly.

The kind of timber that you will be using also plays a role in the process. The hardwoods are considered more difficult to dry up because of its decreased permeability. This is one of the many reasons why softwoods are preferred as construction material all over the world.

But this is way too far from the ideal and when worst case scenario comes, it can lead to delays that are very costly on the construction projects. In order to avoid this from happening, there are different ways that moisture content of the wood is reduced dramatically before any of it makes its way to the construction site.

If the drying process takes place right after the felling, it will also aid in protecting the timber from fungal infections, infections and decay dealt by certain insects. There are a range of beneficial effects in the kiln – log drying process, which include:

  • Better properties of insulation
  • Increased strength than the fresh timber
  • Decreased weight and lower handling costs
  • Enhanced suitability with machine work, paints, glues and finishes

When drying wood is done ahead of time, this ensures you that any structural changes will only take place during the drying process rather than it happens after the construction happens. There are 2 main techniques in carrying out the process. These are air drying and kiln drying. Air drying is just storing the sawn timber inside a shady and temperate area. They are stacked together on raised foundations and provided spaces between each other. As with kiln drying, they are the kind of ovens crated within a chamber that is thermally insulated. Kiln drying has been used for thousands of years and has been utilized for a different range of tasks.