Make the most of your loft conversion

SO, you’ve decided a loft conversion is the way forward, but have you considered all the things you could use the added space for?

For most, this modernisation to your property is usually to give an extra bedroom or two along with another bathroom or en suite.

If family time is the reason you’re requiring this new space, or you just want somewhere for the moody teenagers to go, how about creating a games room, or even a gym? If nothing else you’ll get some peace and quiet while the kids venture upstairs to play, and you could even increase your health and fitness levels.

To give the illusion of great light and airy space fit the biggest windows possible, or better still, add a balcony. Even if you can only fit in a tiny Juliette balcony you’ll be able to throw open the doors and let the fresh air in.

Don’t forget, as with all loft extension work, to check out your local council’s planning rules before you begin.

Decorating your new found space is important, and it’s vital you get it right. In a room with sloping ceilings, it’s best to keep the decor simple and the furniture understated to make the space seem larger and brighter.

To make the ceiling seem higher, paint the flat and sloping parts the same colour – ideally in white.

Make sure you soundproof the floor space and furnish the room with pieces that are versatile – nice big sofa beds and tables with storage beneath.

If space is tight, invest in bespoke units with sliding doors, because these doors take up less space when open.

Use mirrored surfaces where possible to enlargen the space and bounce light around the room.

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