5 REASONS FOR A LOFT CONVERSION

For a while now there’s been an ongoing tussle in our house over whether to go for a loft conversion. With three kids (two of which are girls and already sharing a bedroom) and only one bathroom, we envisage some rough waters over the coming years. Greig is convinced a loft conversion is the savvy answer. However, weighing up the benefits over the cost and hassle factor (as a home-worker, I’m not sure my sanity can cope with the mess), I’ve always put off the idea. Now I’m starting to have second thoughts. As usual, Pinterest is helping. 

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Okay it’s a no-brainer but an extension (in any direction) will give us all more living (and breathing) space as a family. I love the idea of turning the loft into a bit more of a private retreat for us or alternatively we could be generous and allow the kids to use the space as a den when they’re older (not likely!). But really, where else are we going to be able to achieve this kind of light, airy open-plan living style unless we move to New York and buy a loft apartment (also highly unlikely). While I love the high ceilings and period features of our house, it is quite dark and the use of roof windows such as Solstro would allow the space to be flooded with natural light. And then I could have something akin to that white, Scandinavian look (and no kids to mark the walls!). The interior decorating opportunities are very tempting I’ll be honest.

A HOME OFFICEimage: annaleeenashemimage: dezeen

For some people, a loft conversion is a great way to make that home-working dream come true, especially when the business has out-grown the kitchen table. Or it could mean freeing up a downstairs bedroom/study that can be put to another use. Even if you don’t intend to work from this area, it could be an excuse to create your own little personal library as an extension of the living space or devote an area to a hobby by creating a craft room or similar. I think this is one of the most important benefits of a loft conversion; giving you space to relax, work, create and just have ‘a room of one’s own’.

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One of the key practical benefits of a loft conversion would be the additional bedroom and I imagine it’s also one of the main reasons most people go for it. We’re always being advised to improve rather than move and it’s a really compelling argument for me. For one, I love our house and we’ve put a lot of work into renovating it to create a family home that we always imagined our kids would grow up in until they flew the nest. I don’t want to move (having done it so many times in my twenties/thirties, the thought brings me out in hives) and our kids are settled at school (our eldest is about to start secondary school in September).

So moving isn’t really an option at this stage. However, the girls do share a bedroom and while there’s nothing wrong with that (my sister and I did when we were young) I do wonder what it will be like over the next ten years when they both need their own space. We also only have one bathroom (again, first world problems I know) but we don’t have the option of a downstairs cloak and sometimes there’s a queue for the loo. I can only imagine what mornings will be like one day. I know we’d cope but an alternative would be nice. Which brings me onto possibly the most exciting reason for a loft conversion.

 AN EN SUITE BATHROOMimage: jillianharrisimage: foamandbubbles

We’ve just been on holiday and the rental house we stayed in had an en suite attached to the master bedroom. Let’s just say I could really get used to that. I know it would be quite a compact and bijou space but it would still feel like a little bit of luxury every day and well, it’s an excuse to buy some really beautiful floor tiles such as these! I don’t know about you but I also quite like the challenge of making a small space work and could imagine myself getting quite excited about storage solutions not to mention the luxey hotel style toiletries I could buy (safe in the knowledge they wouldn’t get snaffled by the kiddos.).

ADD VALUE

And finally, the fifth reason (as Greig keeps telling me) is that I know it would add value to the property of the house. Now all I need to do is get my head around the idea of enduring a building site for a few months. If anyone has any words of wisdom and encouragement to offer on that please let me know!

 

 

 

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Amy //

I have no words of wisdom, but this is perfectly timed as it’s something we’re thinking about in the next few years for our house. I get carried away with planning house projects sometimes, and I think I’m jumping the gun a bit, but I’d love a big master suite upstairs with an en suite and a bit of a chill space. If it helps at all, we found a company in North Leeds called ‘Room at the Top’ who do things ‘outside first’ so they basically work through the roof, so the mess doesn’t get into the house until it actually has to (in theory!); I didn’t know that was an option so it’s definitely something we’re going to bear in mind if we do go that route, as I can’t stand a repeat of the kitchen debacle of last year. Living in a building site is very off-putting, even if it will be Pinterest-perfect in the end!

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Sarah //

I won’t lie, it is hell. Dust gets everywhere, and tempers get frayed. But, when it starts to come together, it’s a bit like childbirth. You forget the tough bits and fall in love with your house all over again.

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Kathryn //

Ha love that analogy! Everyone says it’s all worth it in the end xx

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Danish Pastry //

Depending on the type of house you live in, a loft extension may be the most sensible way of adding an extra bedroom.
My parents added a loft extension to my childhood home (a bungalow), it didn’t give us an extra bedroom, rather a huge master bedroom in the loft. The old master bedroom became a second sitting room cum study for my sister and I. It later had a reincarnation as a posh dining room (we already had a kitchen diner). The extra bathroom was an added bonus too, not technically an on suite as it was accessed from the landing rather than through the bedroom (a definite advantage when there were guests).
I would say, having lived in Denmark for the past twenty years or so, I’ve not understood the need to have a tiny tiny on suite bathroom that seems to be the norm on British new builds. My sister’s house has one toilet for every bedroom, and to me it’s overkill. So my advice would be to try and make the on suite just that little bit bigger than the norm.
We only have one bathroom (by choice as we selfbuilt), so my little piece of luxury is my walk in wardrobe, no wardrobes cluttering our fairly modest bedroom.

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Kathryn //

That’s really good advice thanks, I think you’re right if you’re going to do an ensuite, make sure it’s big enough to truly enjoy! Also, work in wardrobe, what a dream!!!! xx

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