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How to Create a Roof Terrace Loft Conversion

20.06.16

Outside space is increasingly of a premium in the UK. And yet outside space is so desirable, too. So if you’ve decided to utilise an otherwise underused part of your home to create more living space – the loft – have you considered making some of it outdoor living space as part of your conversion?   

Perhaps you’ve considered a roof terrace loft conversion? Enfield is one area in which these are becoming very popular. If it’s something you have thought about, here’s how to go about creating one:

Creating the Roof Terrace   

There are two main ways of creating a roof terrace as part of your loft conversion:   

  1. You can create a small outside area with a Velux balcony. This would just give you enough space for a small bistro set, so it wouldn’t be classified as a roof terrace by everyone. Still, it would afford you floor to ceiling windows - which are great if you have a view that you want to show off - and any outdoor space is better than nothing! 

  2. If you want to create a more substantial roof terrace when converting the loft, you can convert some of it as indoor living space and then have the rest of the loft reconfigured as a proper roof terrace. This obviously takes more planning and building work, as part of the roof would have to be redesigned to accommodate the new terrace. 

Remember that if you’re altering the existing roof of your property, there may be planning permissions required, so check with your local authority whether you need to submit plans.

Designing the Roof Terrace   

If creating a roof terrace is feasible for your property, you will then need to think about how it will look.   

Traditionally, most roof terraces created as part of a loft conversion either have glass balustrades around them, or are slightly more enclosed, whereby the property’s walls are retained to create a walled garden or courtyard effect, often making the space a real little sun trap!   

If you do keep the existing walls as the boundary of the roof terrace design, it’s a good idea to paint them a light colour to reflect the natural light and to stop the space feeling claustrophobic. You should also consider what type of flooring you’ll use. Most homeowners opt for a non-slip decking, which is a good choice as it’s lightweight and also practical.

Kitting out the Roof Terrace

What makes a roof terrace really special, of course, is how you decide to fit it out. Seating of some sort – whether a bistro table set or rattan loungers or chairs – is a must, of course.   

Also think about adding plants, as this is what gives it the green, outdoors look that most people try to achieve with a roof terrace. Colourful plants and small trees can either be placed in tubs and containers around the floor space, or alternatively invest in good quality planters that can be hung on the walls.   

What about little extras like lighting? Adding an outdoor light to your roof garden should be an easy job for most electricians as part of the loft conversion process and will make the terrace usable after dark.   

If you’d like to create a roof terrace of your own as part of your loft conversion, speak to Bespoke Lofts. Not only can we advise what’s feasible when converting your loft, but if a roof garden is practical we can help to create the perfect outdoor roof space for you to enjoy.

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