Having extra space in the form of an attic is a wonderful thing, but the difficult part comes when you try and decide what to do with it. In my opinion, it is always better to make an attic a useable space, assuming that there is enough ceiling height to meet regulations. Even if you have no immediate use for extra rooms, you should try to think about the future; will your family be getting bigger? Perhaps you might be looking to sell your house for a profit. Whatever the goal, a loft conversion may be the means to get you there. So what could you do with the space when you decide to convert it?
Create a bedroom
Probably one of the most common uses of loft extensions in London is to create a bedroom, or a master suite. Moving home for more space can be quite expensive after various fees and removal charges, which is why some people find it more appealing to stay put and open up their attic space instead. If you get an architect in, they can help you to make the most of your loft by planning the exact measurements of the rooms you wish to incorporate. It might surprise you to realise that you could fit in a walk in wardrobe and an en-suite bathroom along with your new bedroom.
Get a hobby room
If you don’t need any more bedrooms, you could think about doing something beneficial for your hobby or one belonging to a family member. A budding artist will need plenty of space to set up their easel, and a loft extension with skylights may be just the ticket. Music rooms are also popular; they’re a space where you can escape to play an instrument away from the rest of the household. If you go down this route you may want to look at soundproofing the room so you don’t disturb anyone with your talents.
Make a home office
For those who are desperate to work from home, an office or study might be the best option for you. You will have an area that is removed from the temptation of the television or kitchen, meaning that you should be able to get quite a lot done during the day. Having a separate work space also allows you to keep everything organised in files and shelves, without having to move bits around to make space for everyone else – the kitchen table really isn’t the most ideal place to work from home. If your loft space is a unique shape, have some furniture custom-made; that way it will fit into the alcoves and slants that are so frequent in attics.
You can really make your loft extension work for you and your needs, so there are many other things you could do with the space. You might want a granny annexe accessed by stair lifts, or you could simply have a den for your teenagers to chill out in. Have a look around online to find some more inspiration and then you can get the ball rolling.