Embarking on a loft conversion project can be exiting. It can also be rather daunting, especially if you are not quite sure exactly what you want to do with the space or how to best achieve your vision. We thought we would share some tips that might help you.
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Choose Design Ideas That Are Suitable For The Space
For example, if your loft conversion is on the smaller side, take advantage of the cosy feeling inherent to small spaces. Choose lighter colours to make the space feel bigger and brighter or designate the room for a use that is suitable for a smaller space, such as a guest bedroom or a children’s playroom. Do not choose big furniture or over furnish the space as this might make it look cramped. You can also consider pocket doors if you are creating any type of partition that needs it as these can be quite stylish and save loads of space.
When developing a loft conversion it is a wise idea to choose furniture and its position at the design stage of the project. You will need to consider the layout of the completed space before construction begins which will mean deciding where the furniture will sit, where the bathroom will be and if there is any built-in storage or not. Make sure you keep in mind the space use. For example, if you are creating an ensuite, you want to decide where the shower and the hand basin will be as these are items where you cannot compromise on headroom.
Let There Be Light
You want to take time and consider where you will be positioning your windows. As a rule of thumb, you want to keep glazing to at least 20% of the roof area to maximise natural light. The shape of the roof will in most cases dictate the type of windows that you are able to use and where you can position them. For example, a long shallow room will probably work best with windows that are spaced out evenly along its length. In contrast, a deeper room will probably look better with one large window. Also keep in mind what type of window will actually work best for the space. A top-hung option might work well if the window is easy to reach. But if your window is not at arm’s length, a centre-pivot window operated by a rod or electronically might be a better choice.
Balance is Everything
If your house has a generous entertaining space but is lacking sleeping quarters, converting your loft into an additional bedroom is a great idea. If on the other hand your home lacks in communal space you might want to consider utilising this space as a playroom for the kids or a TV room where all the family can enjoy a lazy Sunday.
You Can Never Have Too Many Bathrooms
If you are adding an extra bedroom by means of a loft conversion, why not include an ensuite? Don’t let the potentially awkward dimensions put you off. While showers do need a minimum amount of headroom and good access, a freestanding bath can be placed in an areas with a low ceiling for example. You might also want to consider creating a stylish and practical wet room instead if you have enough headroom but limited floor space.
Work, Work, Work.
If your family is not in need of an additional bedroom, why not consider a loft conversion to create a practical home office? Given the changes our work life has undergone in the past few years, a home office might be a wonderful idea. As this space will work differently than a bedroom, you will want to maximise natural light to enhance productivity and carfully consider your colour palette and window position to avoid glares on computer screens.
Every Square Inch Counts
Use eaves space wisely and creatively as storage spaces. In many loft conversions the eaves space is under-utilised. Use these spaces to create bespoke wardrobes, shelves and cabinets, or, if you are designing a bathroom, you can consider placing the toilet or a free-standing bath in this area.
It Is Always Better When It Is Bespoke
When decorating a newly converted loft, you will want to place window treatments at the top of your priority list. Because of the window position, many times, you will be getting more top light than you are used to and will need a way to control it. Made-to-fit blinds will be a great choice as they will fit your windows to perfection and allow you to regulate light with ease.
Get The Stairs Just Right
You will want to consider where you are going to position your staircase leading to the loft conversion early in the game. This will allow you to maximise space and decide important design aspects such as where you will be placing the door – at the top or foot of the staircase – or if you will forego doors all together and opt for an open plan concept. You will also want to make sure that this new staircase matches other staircases in your house by using similar materials and colour palettes.
What’s It Going To Look Like On The Outside?
If your loft extension includes an extended section, think whether you want the new exterior to compliment or contrast the existing structure. You will want to keep in mind that depending on the type of property you own and the area it is located in, you might face some restrictions.