NEW YEAR MORE SPACE


The start of a new year is always a great time to begin thinking about how you can improve your home. With house prices becoming ridiculously expensive improving your current home might be a better option then moving. The loft conversion is one of the easiest ways to increase the space in your home and with relaxed planning laws it's now even easier! A good loft conversion can add between 10-20% to the value of a home, with no need to sacrifice the garden space required by ground-floor extensions. Conversions can range from £10,000 – £40,000 (depending on your location, the materials used and the size).

A simple VELUX loft conversion is often the cheapest solution and least invasive, as the roof slope is not altered. Alternatively, a dormer loft conversion has vertical windows and doors, which allow full head room and therefore makes the space more flexible when it comes to installing staircases. Mansard loft conversions look less boxy than a dormer, due to the 70-degree slope of the rear wall and raised party wall brickwork and can often be seen on period properties. They do however require planning permission.

Once you've decided which style conversion suits your needs you'll need to decorate! I have collected a few loft conversion ideas for inspiration, whether you are using your added space for a study, living area or bedroom.

Study

The best thing about loft conversions is how light and uplifting they are, creating a great environment for working in. Roof-lights are key to achieving this, and you can find a variety of styles and sizes to suit your project on the VELUX website.

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Bedroom | Bathroom

Depending on the size of your loft it can either be a great space for a luxurious master bedroom with an open plan bathroom or a great space to divide and give your kids their own space. One thing to consider is blocking out the light so you can still get a good nights sleep, you can find various options to block out the daylight here.

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Storage

With all those nooks and crannies within the eaves, making the most out the space with a limited head height is vital to get the most out of your design. Built in bespoke options are best and here a few examples that get it just right!

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Living

Creating a multifunctional living space in your loft is also a great idea, especially if you wanted to create a less formal space to escape to. Another benefit of being high up is the views you might have, adding a VELUX CABRIO balcony would a be great addition if you do have good views and it opens up the space even more without any extra building needed!

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