Many homeowners crave more space but don’t want the upheaval of moving home, especially if they’re happy with where they live. Yet many fail to remember they have an opportunity under their own roof to create a another potential room of their choosing. Loft conversions are a great way to extend the living space in your home without imposing on the size of your garden.
But how can you make the most out of your loft space? Here’s our expert advice.
How to Use Your Loft
The first step of the planning process is deciding on the best use for your new room. Popular ideas include an extra bedroom, home theatre or games room (picture the ultimate den or space to relax). For those who work from home, there’s an option to create a separate workspace in the quiet of the loft area, forming a defined barrier between your work and home life. Aspects to consider include your existing loft size, budget, flooring (including laminate or carpet) and how much roofing work will be required to create the floor and head space needed. Suitable loft lighting is also important to it should feature in your early planning stages too.
Loft conversions need the involvement of a building specialist experienced in this type of project. One of the easiest solutions is to find a loft conversion expert who can take you through the complete process from design to installation. They’ll help you consider every part of the build, including how to brighten the room with natural lighting from windows. There are different styles of loft with the most common choice (dormer conversions) not usually requiring planning permission. The conversion type depends on how large your loft space is as well as its existing structure. For example, if your roof slopes down all four corners to the eaves, you may need a hip-to-gable conversion.
Designing the ideal space for your needs can be tricky with lofts often having sloped areas, awkward layouts and odd nooks and crannies. The benefit of working with a specialist designer and architect is that they can help you make the most out of your loft space, as well as its natural character. To maximise the square footage, there are plenty of space saving options, including electrics, plumbing and lighting. For example, in lofts where height is limited, you can choose features such as spotlights or flush lighting. Storage options can also be made to measure and built-in to even the most unusual of spaces.
While planning the loft conversion, you can start thinking about how you want to complete the final look. This includes anything from mirrors and blinds to furniture you want such as a bed. It can be useful to gather ideas in the initial project stages to help plan your space well rather than face regrets later. Make a list of everything you’d like in the room, sizes and what will be needed to make it work, including the position of any electrical sockets required. You should also decide on finishing colours for your flooring and walls.
Want to design the ideal loft?
Get in touch with the design team here at Tiger Building Services. We cover multiple locations, including those across Surrey, Sussex and London. So, whether you’re a homeowner in Surbiton, Kingswood or Walton on Thames, contact our team for advice now.