Loft Conversion Ideas – Clever Ideas for a Loft Conversion
Loft conversions can be a clever way of adding more living space to your home by transforming a loft or attic into an extra bedroom, office space, home gym, dressing area or lounge. This requires good planning, design and execution but the planning phase is the most important as it is key that the full benefits of doing a loft conversion are realised at a reasonable cost. Studies from Nationwide Building Society have shown that a loft conversion done properly could mean an additional 20% increase in the value of the property.
Loft conversion costs are determined by many variables including the type of loft conversion, the size of your property, the structure of the property, the area the property is located, if the stairs leading to the attic needs to be altered amongst others. However, the estimated cost of a loft conversion is between £25,000 to £30,000. Although a large investment, the cost of a lost conversion is much less than building an extension or finding a larger house.
While embarking on a loft conversion project to add extra living space to your home, we advise that you find a specialist building company that can look after the process from initial planning and consultation until the final outcome is achieved. There are several good ones out there. They will take on the entire job of arranging architectural plans, project estimates, local authority approvals to the final delivery of the finished project. Always go with an experienced builder with a strong portfolio. It is also key at the design phase to plan the furniture layout so that you eliminate the need for an adjustment mid-project which could increase the overall cost of the project.
Here are some excellent loft conversion ideas you can implement to get the best for your home
This could be a very good option if you have a lot of visitors on a regular basis to your home. It allows you accommodate a close relative, family or friend in your home without making major changes to how you live at home. You don’t have to ask any of the kids to give up their rooms or change your normal sleeping arrangements. Make sure you have enough room in the attic and we advise that you use the right colour scheme also making sure there is enough light in the room. Usually adding an en-suite bathroom with a shower area if you have the opportunity is a great idea as it makes your guest comfortable as they have all they need within an enclosed area.
This option not only adds extra living space but also improves the overall quality of life. For this should suite a teenager in the family that has outgrown the room they have had since they were a kid. The room can be designed with their needs in mind. Getting the right layout for the bed, built-in-storage, other furnishings and bathroom is key. For an en-suite bathroom, take into account the ceiling height in the space and prioritise the position of the shower and wash basin without compromising the head room. There has been several instances where parents move to the extra bedroom from the loft conversion while the kids move their parent’s old bedroom. Always let the bed take the centre stage in your layout.
Stylish home office
Working from home is the new normal so converting your loft or attic into a stylish home office is the way to go. If your home does not need an extra bedroom then a home office is a great loft conversion idea. This means you stop using the kitchen as your office and all the attendant health challenges that may arise from an uncomfortable posture for long periods of time. We advise that you use more bright colours like white as this can increase productivity. Ensure there is a lot of light coming into the area. Also important to get the right layout for the sitting area and also storage units for books, files etc.
If you are converting your loft or attic into a stylish bathroom or wet area, you have to take into account that showers and wash basins require a minimum amount of headroom and easy access. A bath can be accommodated in an area with low ceiling. Also have good sized windows for natural lights as well as an extractor fan to prevent damp that results from the steam in the bathroom or wet area. Always have an idea of the expected final finish and make sure all aspects of the project are included in the planning and design phase.
Play area for kids
If an extra bedroom is not needed, the attic or loft conversion can also serve as a play area for kids and teenagers. We advise to keep the design simple and flexible as their interests will change from time to time. It should be designed in such a way that there is a lot of natural light. You can also get creative with colours to brighten the room. Remember to provide sufficient areas for in-built storage for toys and books.
Another option is to use the attic or loft conversion as a dressing room. Design this space with a lot of inbuilt storage for shoes, clothing and other accessories. Position the windows so that there is a lot of natural light. We advise that the dressing room should be in close proximity to the bathroom so there would not be a lengthy distance between the bathroom and dressing room.
Many homes have lots of unused space while struggling for space to lead quality lives. An option is to find an experienced building specialist that can advise on how you can take advantage of various areas within the home to achieve different outcomes. A loft extension is one great opportunity as it requires lower investment and can be adapted as a lounge, extra bedroom, office or play area.