When it comes to converting a loft into more usable space, there are many things to be considered before you begin. These will range from suitability (does the roof structure allow for conversion of the loft space?), planning permission and Building Regulations through to design options and cost. If you are thinking about paying for a loft conversion, but aren’t sure what type of design strategies you want to implement, read out top design tips below.
Don’t neglect the exterior of your loft. The interior can look as beautiful as can be, but if you haven’t thought about the outside too, you could risk creating an eyesore on top of your house. If you live in a Victorian property, zinc and aluminium cladding and window frames work well with the older brickwork, with a couple google searches for some scaffold towers for sale and a few licks of paint, you may be able to do something eye-catching with your exterior.
Loft rooms can be tricky to furnish due to sloping eaves and low ceilings, so consider having bespoke storage built to fit the space. This will make the most of the space you have and allow you to get the exact storage you need. In children’s rooms, keep cupboards and drawer storage low so they are encouraged to tidy toys away. The more you are able to implement storage in your loft conversion, the tidier it will make the rest of your house look, and the less you will have to store your times in a secure self storage London allotment.
In addition to pulling masses of natural light into a loft conversion, a raised skylight will also add height to the space. It makes the room seem bigger and, despite having only one other window, prevents it feeling claustrophobic or dark. By installing dormer windows, you can increase head height and get the maximum amount of usable space in your room. Dormer windows create a statement in their own right, and can be clad to match the house or in contrasting materials.
The staircase that leads to your loft can take up a sizeable chunk of the space on the floor below, so consider making a feature of it. Spiral staircases are a good solution for saving space, and installing a bookcase underneath diagonal stairs can be a great way to gain extra storage. Smaller houses will find that staircases take up too much space, so if you think you might have the problem, consider a foldable ladder entrance that can be quite a nice and quirky way to enter a room.
Some people have a natural eye for design, but you may be more in the camp of those who fear home decorating and can’t do anything without consulting Google or Instagram first before making any major changes. Although, even then expectations may not always meet reality. Everyone would love an interior designer on speed dial before deciding just exactly where and how to do up their loft conversion, but until we win the lottery, we’ll have to settle for trusting our guts, and taking plenty design tips where we can get them.