What’s in your loft space? For me, it’s left over renovating bits and bobs from when we did the house up last year. For my in-laws, they’ve recently just decluttered theirs and have found mementoes going back to her school years (along with an impressive collection of my sister-in-laws old Polly Pockets). And like us, for the rest of you I’m sure it’s a similar story: junk, boxes you have no idea what’s in them, and Christmas decorations.
This means our lofts are, essentially, greatly under used spaces, which is why they are a fantastic area to convert – whether it be for spare rooms, a large master suite, or an extra living area and study.
Loft and dormer extensions can open up significant amounts of unused space in a home. Not only that, they are the best value in terms of cost per sq m, much more so than ground-floor extensions which are more costly due to the groundworks – good to know, right?
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This loft bathroom is so tricky to photograph but the light in there this evening was beautiful 💫 This one’s for you @hygge_for_home! As a distraction while the kitchen work continues I’ve started adding plants to the loft bathroom 🌱 We have golden catkins in a vase on a table just behind the bath, zebra grass in a bamboo stand by the toilet, a string of pearls hanging from the beams and now I’m in the market for something huge to sit in the corner at the end of the shower tray. Any (low maintenance) suggestions plant people please? 🧐
A loft conversion for your house is usually covered under permitted development – as long as it doesn’t exceed specifed limits and conditions, such as not going any higher than the highest part of the roof and using different materials to that of the existing house.
This means you won’t be required to send an application for planning permission to your local council, although other consents may be required if your house is listed or you live in a conservation area.
If you’re thinking of undertaking this type of project, if I were you I’d consider where the stairs will be placed, what plumbing you need if you’re going to have an ensuite or bathroom installed, and what to place in the often awkward eaves.
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Is there actually anything better than fresh bedding?! It’s got to be up there right?! @dreamerie_ sent me this beautiful eucalyptus french linen bedding to try and it’s just gorgeous. The perfect shade of green too-I’m obsessed. You may have seen on stories we started making a new radiator cover for in the lounge but we went out for lunch and ended up being out for 5 hours so never finished it. So evening project for this week as the lounge is like a building site 🙈 . . Bedding gifted by @dreamerie_ . . . . . . . . . . #myhousethismonth #storyofmyhome #mybdrm #bohoismyjam #roomporn #interior_delux #dailydecordetail #linenbedding #bedroomgoals #greeninterior #sodomino #myhyggehome #wallpaperdecor #homeadore #mybohoabode #interiorblink #homeinspiration #cornerofmyhome #spotlightonmyhome #apartmenttherapy #interior4all #interior123 #walltowallstyle #myinterior #myspaceanddecor #nesttoimpress #currenthomeview #loftconversion
You might want to think about dropping the ceilings to the floor below the loft to increase head height and make the space more usable. This is slightly more expensive, but not as difficult as it sounds.
A lot of additional structure needs to be installed to the new loft floor anyway, to support the structure, so it is often not that much more work or cost to install the floor at a lower level.
Architects and construction companies should be able to help you plan the best loft conversion. There are also specialist loft conversion companies that can help.
Before hiring tradespeople, be sure to read reviews, visit their previous work, and get at least three quotes.
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Featured image: By reconfiguring the layout and making better use of the loft, Granit Architecture + Interiors was able to add an extra 21 sq m of space to this apartment. A similar project would cost around £200,000.