An Introduction to running a business from your loft conversion

In this current climate of economical uncertainty more and more new businesses are starting up across the country and many of them are based from home. To be even more specific these businesses are usually run from the upstairs loft or attic. Modern Attics has overseen the launch of many new offices at home, which is why we were compelled to take you through the process of running a business from a newly converted loft in our blog this week.

Loft conversions provide the opportunity to help small businesses and new companies get off to a good start. Through the process of converting a seemingly unusable loft, it can produce a space that has endless practicality and benefits.

Working from home in a loft conversion is becoming a new trend. Yes, spare bedrooms and bathrooms are still popular when it comes to adding a new room to a house, but there is nothing more beneficial than adding an office conversion if you’re starting your own business or bringing your business home to save on expenses.

Loft conversions allow for a new set of circumstances imagine the advantages that can be gained:

  • Less travel/commuting time
  • Increased motivation and productivity
  • Savings made on office unit/facilities rental payments
  • Flexible working

However, working at home can blur the lines for some people. It can be hard to distinguish between being at home and being at work. So for those that prefer to have a more clearly defined separation between their living space and their work space this is how a loft conversion can provide that distinction:

It’s upstairs at the top of the building and therefore acts as an office/study only. It’s a better way of keeping focused and keeping the line drawn between work and home. It’s certainly a more successful work space than using the lounge or the den! The loft offers privacy away from the disruptions and distractions that may be apparent in the rest of the home.

Working from home saves on your overheads and your time, and while it can provide its own challenges, it is ultimately a fantastic alternative for dedicated professionals.

However, unless you’re a DIY expert you’ll need your loft conversion carried out by professionals it is never advisable to attempt the process yourself for all manner of structural and safety reasons. Anyone with common sense would realise that converting lofts into offices is not as simple as laying down some carpet and sticking in a desk. It’s about installation of power points, insulation, ventilation, open access to the space, creating enough space and so on and so forth. People easily forget that heat rises and without appropriate ventilation your days in the office can become unbearably hot and uncomfortable. It’s not a pretty sight when someone is trying to crack on with work with hands so sweaty that they can barely grip a phone without it slipping out of their hand like a bar of greasy soap. The alternative scenario when it comes to long winters, knowing how cold they can get in here in the UK, is that without the right level of insulation lofts can get awfully cold.

The considerations for creating an office loft conversion are substantial. You must be aware of what the consequences are if you decide to run a business from home in your loft without calling on the advice of professionals to help see the conversion through to conclusion.

Keep your eye out for the follow-up blog on loft conversions into office spaces where Modern Attics elaborates further on the process of running your business from home. For further information you can Contact Us or call for a free quote on loft conversions or a free loft survey.

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