Bright Ideas for Awkward Attic Spaces in Northampton
Attic spaces can do so much more than store holiday decorations and sports equipment. They often have low, sloped ceilings that are tailor made for cosy, private environments. We take a look at how clever designers and homeowners made use of their attic’s full potential, from guest bedrooms to home offices.
The first step is to get all the structural work out of the way, most loft floors will need reinforcing to take the added weight of additional flooring and furniture. Get professional advice, if this is not done properly, you could face serious problems further down the line.
Beautiful roof windows with wardrobes thoughtfully fitted to take advantage of the space.
Do you have a musician in the house? If so, this could be for you, perhaps with suitable soundproofing?
With more and more people working from home, even for two or three days a week, a loft could make a bright and peaceful office.
This loft was converted in to a very tasteful bathroom.
This loft was converted to take advantage of the layout, with windows to the side, making a very comfy additional family room.
An additional guest room with en-suite or somewhere for growing teenagers to have their own space.
A feature wall and three roof windows really set this spacious room off.
The wooden floor with boards running lengthways from the window, puts the natural light to best use.
This conversion has taken advantage of all the space to maximise storage and light.
The wooden floor is complemented by the Pine furniture.
This loft has been converted in to a very tasteful self contained apartment, with Wooden floor and exposed Brick walls which adds character.
With natural light from three sides, this large bedroom, finished in light natural shades has a wonderful feeling of space.
The exposed beams set against the white timber creates a very tasteful additional family room.
Things to consider
If your home has a modern Trussed roof, that does not mean that you cannot convert your loft, but it will be more expensive, as you will need to replace the entire roof, to one that is engineered to allow for the open space within.
Always check with planning first and do not proceed with any work until you have consulted with a professional.
Windows looking out on to other property will probably be refused by your local planning authority and your neighbours would not appreciate it either.
Weigh up the cost of moving, as compared to adding space with a loft conversion. Although the cost could be put towards a larger home, depending at your relevant price point, the stamp duty alone could contribute to some, or even all of the cost of moving.
Contact a reputable Estate Agent, to get an opinion on ‘GDV’ or ‘Gross Development Value’ once your project is completed. Once again, factor in the cost of moving, so even without all the costs being covered by the additional value added to your property, you could still be financially better off converting a loft, instead of moving home.