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Thinking Of A Loft Conversion? Here’s How You Can Execute It To Perfection

Thinking Of A Loft Conversion? Here’s How You Can Execute It To Perfection

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Like many other people these days, you might be wondering how you can make the most out of your home. This could be for personal reasons – perhaps you are thinking of starting a family and need more room, or you have started to work from home and need an office. Or, it could be down to the fact that you are looking to progress up the property ladder and sell your house on. There’s no dispute around the fact that a house with more space is instantly more desirable. But adding an extension to your property can be a difficult and laborious process. Even if you get the permission to extend from your local authority, you may face opposition from neighbours or people in your area. Plus, you would have to get used to living in what would essentially be a building site for a number of weeks, at least! It is for these reasons that many people choose to simply rework their current space, rather than adding any more on. If you’re looking to make a roomier property, your attic could be the perfect place to start.

Assess the situation

Firstly, you will need to consider whether the attic space you have will be suitable for a conversion. You can either do this yourself, by taking various measurements and notes, or you can get an expert in to assess it for you. The first thing you need to look at is the height of the loft, at its tallest point. In order to successfully execute a conversion, this will need to be about 2.5m high. The internal space should also measure, wall to wall, around 5.5m. Then, you will need to work out how you are going to fund the conversion. They certainly don’t come cheap and it’s not something worth getting into serious debt over. Consider speaking to a company such as LendingTree about potentially using your home equity to pay for the conversion. After all, that’s what it’s there for!

Decide what kind of room it’s going to be

There are plenty of different options for an attic room. If you have children, it can be a fun and exciting playroom for them, or even a bedroom when they are slightly older. Most children love the idea of having a secret ‘den’, which an attic could certainly double up as. Or, if you have guests over a lot, it could be perfect for a guest room or spare bedroom. But don’t let the limitations stop there. It could also be an office, a gym, or even a combination of all of the above!


Be realistic with your space

You may have a stunning vision for what your new attic conversion is going to look like. But remember that it’s nearly always impossible to work ‘regular’ furniture into a room with a sloping ceiling. Before you go to buy any furniture, take measurements of the room at both its highest and lowest points so you know what will fit in there. You may long for the bed to be under the skylight, but you may need to be flexible with your layout in order to get the right furniture in.

Naomi Isted
Editor in Chief, Naomi Isted is known as The Ultimate Lifestylist to her readers and viewers. She is a TV Presenter and Columnist. Ranked in the Top 100 LFW Social Media Influencers AW14 & SS15, Brand Ambassador for Pears Soap UK. Her Celebrity beauty TV Series currently airs to 27million homes on Physique TV in UAE, previously on Wedding TV in the UK. She brings fashion and beauty advice to her readers and viewers on a daily basis. She is Fashion and Beauty Columnist for Herald Scotland and has a Fashion and Beauty Bridal Blog for HELLO. She can usually be found attending celebrity fashion and beauty events in and around London and sharing the latest fashion and beauty trends with her readers.

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