Converting a loft is an excellent way of creating new space in your home. The loft can become a lot of different things, and we are going to see some of them in this post. Construction companies in London make a lot of loft conversions because of the high demand of living spaces in shared accommodations, but they also are a good way to improve your domestic life. More and more people are realising there is no point in having a cluttered loft or an empty one if you need more space in the house.
There are different types of loft conversion you can choose, all of them with pros and cons, but the most common are the simple sloping dormers installation and the extension of a section of a sloping roof with two vertical walls, a vertical dormer and a horizontal roof.
The former usually does not require a permission, as it is a simple dormer installation, but it adds no space to the existing loft, while the latter does increase the available space, but it requires planning permissions.
The type of loft you choose depends on what you want to make of that space. Let’s see a few ideas, then.
An extra bedroom
This is the most popular solution in London, where house sharing is very common and an extra bedroom also means an extra tenant, but it can also work for families who need to make space for a new member or those who want to make a room for their guests.
Just keep in mind that you will have to apply for a planning permission to convert a pitched roof into a mansard in order to ensure a sufficient headroom: it is not necessarily true that if a bed fits, the loft can be converted into a bedroom, and councils have different requirements, so you should check with your local authorities before making plans.
In order to convert your loft into a gym, you have to prioritise health and safety, from the floor to the ceiling. In most of the cases, the original floor is not adequate, and you may want to look for hard materials, with a smooth surface, and easy to clean. A laminate floor might be fine, however, some anti-slip mats near the machines could be a great add-on.
You should also take into account the ventilation and the heating system: in this case, a couple of dormers might not be enough, and you may need to install some vents on the ceiling and an efficient heating system, if you don’t want to get sick when you exercise during winter months.
It is nice to have a desk facing the window with a view on the roofs of the neighbourhood, but having an office is not just about that: you need to organise the space and use every single inch available. In order to do so, you may need to make bespoke shelves to fit under the ceiling and place some cabinets in the corners to exploit all the dead ends.
When planning an office in a loft, the most important part of the work is the interior design: when it comes to work, there are a lot of tricks to improve productivity that you can use.
A rooftop terrace
What about a nice outdoor space on the top of your home, great for sunny days? In this case an extension would be necessary, but the result can be astonishing.
You do not need to remove the existing roof: you can extend a section of your rooftop with the installation of a vertical dormer (just like we described above) with a balcony on its top, which can be accessible via a mezzanine level inside the loft, so you can make a nice lounge inside and an amazing terrace outside.
Have you ever tried one of these loft conversion types? Have you got more ideas on how to convert a loft? Give us a feedback!