Wondering how to increase your living space? Look up – the answer might be right above your head…
A well-planned loft conversion can literally transform the functionality of your home. Whether it’s a guest bedroom that you need, more living space, a playroom, bathroom, or home office, a loft conversion might be your smart and cost-effective alternative to a traditional home extension.
Loft conversion design ideas are everywhere. A few minutes spent googling will throw up loads of suggestions and opinions. We understand that it can be a bit daunting, and that’s why we’ve taken a few moments to put together this list of our top 7 loft conversion ideas right here.
But before we discuss what you can turn your loft into, there are a few basic steps you need to take first:
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Take the time to climb up into the roof space and physically assess the space that’s available inside your loft.
The internal structure of your roof will determine how much headspace is available, and this will depend largely on the age of your home.
Trussed roof: this is the most common structure for modern homes (i.e. homes built after 1965). The rafters are built in a ‘W’ shape, and typically measure about 2.4m at their highest point.
Traditional roof: this structure is common in older homes (i.e. homes built before 1965). The rafters are built in an ‘M’ shape, with the center of the ‘M’ being the center of the home. At their highest points, they typically measure about 2.2m.
Loft conversions can be achieved in both styles of the roof. But keep in mind that the trussed roof will likely require a bit more work because part (or all) of the existing roof structure may have to be removed.
Industry regulations require that the center and majority of the roof must be a minimum of 2.2m. But if your available space doesn’t meet this, don’t fret – there are ways and means to create more space inside your loft. Even if it involves lowering the ceiling below or changing the roof pitch. Talk to your loft conversion specialist about any concerns you might have.
This is a bit of a no-brainer: if you don’t have an existing staircase into your loft space, you’ll have to build one.
Your staircase will take a chunk out of both the loft and the room below. So think carefully about where you will position it.
Many loft conversions fall under the category of PD (Permitted Development). But whether you will need a permit depends on the scale of the works being undertaken. And any building constraints which may apply to your property.
Moving on, let’s have a look at a few loft conversion design ideas which might tick the boxes for you:
Many Londoners use to turn their unused loft space into an extra bedroom or two for the children, and/or a master bedroom with an ensuite.
Attic bedrooms typically have much nicer views than lower rooms, so why not make the most of it? And if yours features exposed brickwork or a sloping roofline. This can be turned into a beautiful design feature.
Custom-made cabinetry is a great way to maximize the available space in loft bedrooms – by designing cupboards and hanging spaces that perfectly fit your room, you can achieve stylish and functional storage.
With many Londoners nowadays enjoying work-from-home arrangements. Some are looking to set up permanent home offices. And a loft conversion is the perfect answer.
Having a dedicated workspace that’s away from the bedroom and general living is essential to maximize productivity. And allow for undistracted focus, and a room upstairs can become just that.
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Ever wished the kids had somewhere other than the lounge room or bedroom. Where they could set up their toys and games? Your loft conversion offers the opportunity for a light, bright. And an airy sunroom where your little ones can enjoy themselves and play.
And when it comes to glitter, paint, and glue… if it’s upstairs out of sight. You can relax and let them enjoy themselves!
Need room to dedicate to a home cinema? Your loft can be used to create your very own entertainment center or teenage retreat. Consider colors, layout, and soundproofing – you might even like to include a kitchenette for maximum practicality.
It’s not hard to include a bathroom into your loft conversion plans, even if you have sloping ceilings. While a shower obviously needs a certain amount of headspace. A bath can be placed in a position where the ceiling is lower.
Bathrooms don’t need to be large to be stylish and functional. Again, consider custom-made joinery to maximize cupboard and storage capacity.
Flooding your loft conversion with natural light is the key to creating a light, bright and airy space.
Think oversized glass panels, skylights, and Velux windows. Remember, dark colors absorb the light, so painting in a light palette will help to make the space feel bigger than it really is.
Making sure your new loft conversion is energy efficient is super important.
An extra layer of insulation will go a long way towards maintaining an even inside temperature all year round. And energy-efficient window treatments will help to block out both the heat in summer and the cold in winter.
As we know, hot air rises, so you might consider including a ceiling fan or air conditioning unit for maximum comfort during the warmer months.
Your builder or renovation specialist is the one who will be responsible for bringing your dreams to life. So take your time choosing the right one.
When choosing a loft conversion company, London homeowners should do their research thoroughly. Read up online. Look at reviews. Visit showrooms/show homes. Talk to family and friends who have completed successful loft conversions and ask for their feedback.
Meet with a few builders and discuss your plans with them – a face-to-face meeting is a great way to assess each company’s professionalism and approach to your project.