Converting your loft is a great way to add some extra living space to your home without forking out on an expensive extension or house move. Often, our lofts don’t get a lot of love – in fact, many of us neglect them, only using them to store junk or old things we no longer use.
If your loft is full of stuff that hasn’t seen the light for ten years or it’s simply dead space, you could be missing out on a huge opportunity to transform your entire home. Whether you decide to convert your loft into a luxury games room, a guest bedroom or a home office, adding an extra room to your property offers many benefits.
If you’re looking for creative tips and ideas for your loft conversion in London, you’ve come to the right place. Read on for inspiration!
Why should I consider getting a loft conversion?
Firstly, let’s take a look at the many benefits of converting your loft. As the housing market continues to soar each year, many homeowners are converting their lofts to create extra living space instead of moving house, which is both an expensive and time-consuming process.
Not only can a loft conversion provide you with additional living space in your home, but it can increase the value of your property too. In fact, a loft conversion can add up to an extra 20% value to your home, making it a valuable investment and helping to attract potential buyers if you do decide to sell up in the future. There are a range of different loft conversion designs, ideas and styles available to suit your property and meet your needs – plus, planning permission is rarely required.
Create an extra luxurious bathroom
Do you find there’s a queue outside the bathroom on busy mornings – or do you simply want to bring some luxury of the spa to your own home? Converting your attic into an extra bathroom can make mornings that little bit less hectic and your evenings a little bit more relaxing. When converting your loft into a bathroom, you have the luxury to design it exactly as you wish – whether it’s a wet room, an attic room with a jacuzzi bath or just an extra bathroom. You can easily transform your attic space into a spa-inspired bathroom with ambient lighting, underfloor heating and a big tub.
Welcome in natural light
If you live in the city, you may find that your views are obstructed with high-rise buildings, offices and roads, or you struggle to get enough natural light in your property. Many city houses lack a nice view, which is where a loft conversion can come in handy. Loft conversions utilise large windows and skylights higher than other rooms in your property, providing you with a better view and the perfect place to stargaze.
Rooflights can be used as a smart way to flood your loft with natural light. In fact, as loft conversions are filled with large windows, they utilise natural lighting during the day. This means you’ll save money on your energy bills while welcoming in extra natural light to your home.
Let the structure do the talking
One of the most appealing features of a loft conversion is the ability to show off the structure of your property. Whether you’re squeezing a bedroom into the eaves of your attic or opting for an open-planned bathroom, a loft conversion is the perfect opportunity to create a room in your home that shows off the structure and heritage of your property.
Prior to conversion, most lofts and attics boast exposed brickwork. Instead of covering this up, work it into the design of your conversion. A loft can look stylish and modern with some of the brick left exposed. If your attic has beams, leave the timber exposed. Visibly displaying the original structure of your home will add personality to the room and reflect the identity of the building.
Add a cosy guest bedroom
Are you short on space when you have guests to stay, or do you dream of having an extra room to host family and friends in? Your loft is the perfect place to create a cosy, welcoming bedroom for your guests. From the big, bright windows to the cosy feeling of being tucked away under the eves, there are plenty of different ways to transform your attic space into a guest bedroom. Plus, if you do ever choose to sell your property in the future, you’ll attract more potential buyers with a whole extra bedroom.
Use your loft as a space for your hobbies
Having a personal, private space to get stuck into our hobbies is a true luxury. Whether you have a passion for drawing, you like to practise yoga every day or you’re into creative writing, why not treat yourself to a space to indulge in your hobbies? If you find yourself drawing or painting in the living room, writing at the kitchen table or getting out your yoga mat in your bedroom, your loft could be the perfect space to fuel your passion for your hobbies.
Whether it’s an artist’s studio, a small yoga and meditation room or a home office kitted out with a desk and computer, there are plenty of ways you can use your loft for your hobbies.
Build in storage
Converting your loft is the perfect opportunity to have a good clearout of any items lying around in your attic. However, you’re likely going to have some things still lying around afterwards and you’re still going to need a place for these. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways you can work smart storage options into your loft conversion. In fact, you might not know what to do with the awkward low space between the slope of the roof and the floor. There are plenty of storage options available to utilise this space and hide away items you’re planning to keep.
Install a loft bar
Your loft can be converted into quite literally anything you want it to be. If you love being the entertainer in your own home, a home bar could be the perfect loft conversion idea for you. A bar can be installed in pretty much any size loft space – even the smallest of spaces can be transformed into cosy bar areas. A home bar is the perfect place to escape after a long day at work or when you’ve put the children to bed. You can kit your home bar out with cosy sofas, pillows and rugs or stay traditional and opt for bar stools and a mini dartboard.
Looking for a reliable project management company or extension builders?
If you’re in need of building contractors in London or anywhere across Kent or Essex, you needn’t look further than Imperium Engineering. As a reputable building services’ consultant, we provide a range of structural engineering and civil engineering services. Whether you require a house extension, a loft conversion, any modifications or you are looking to build a basement complete with retaining walls. We can also provide scaffold designs for you should you require them.