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Great Ideas for Loft Conversions, London

01.12.12

For people who are finding the expense of moving to a larger property too much, loft conversions in London offer a fantastic way to create more room by extending upwards rather than outwards where space may be lacking. How you choose what the extra space should be used for is of course a personal decision, but here are some great ideas:

The Balance of Rooms in Your House

Think about the balance of bedrooms and living space when deciding what your loft space will be used for. An extra bedroom is the most common use for loft conversions. In London they are easy to create.

If you are thinking of using the new space for a bedroom, consider adding another bathroom too. It makes good sense and is practical to have extra facilities for more people. Why not create a guest or master suite? Adding another bathroom is always a good way to add value to a property and according to a recent survey by Nationwide* adding both a bedroom and bathroom through extensions or loft conversions, in London or anywhere across the UK, can add up to 23% to a property’s value.

Creating a Bathroom

If you are thinking of using or part using your loft conversion in London for a bathroom, think about the plumbing. It will be easier and cheaper to install a bathroom into the loft if an existing bathroom is underneath as the required pipework will already be in place. If your loft is too far away from your existing pipes, a macerator may have to be installed for waste removal. If you’re adding a bathroom, it is also a good idea to check whether your boiler can cope with the added demand.

Playroom or Nursery

Many parents put their loft conversions London wide to good use as a nursery or a playroom. A playroom will prove popular with children of all ages and can be a great place to store children’s toys. A playroom can also be a good idea for the parents if the room is sound proofed, giving them more peace and quiet!

Your loft can easily be soundproofed by fitting the walls with soundproof boarding. Acoustic cavity loft installation will also keep the sound in. Adequate flooring and installation will need to be fitted to support the weight and keep the room from getting cold.

Some loft conversions in London make fantastic nurseries and are a great way to accommodate growing families. For a nursery, it’s most important to make sure that the room is childproof. Consider stair surrounds, the position of the electric points in the room, window heights and storage requirements.

Office Space or Hobby Room

For people working from home, loft conversions in London are often used as a study or office. This is a great way to work undisturbed by the rest of the house and can provide a nice private getaway. Likewise, if you have a specialist hobby such as painting, photography or model railways, a loft conversion can provide you with the perfect place to relax and work in peace within a dedicated space.

When designing a loft conversion with an office or hobby room in mind, consider the position of the windows. It may be essential to you to have a window positioned near to a desk for example, or you may want the entire room to be flooded with light.

Whatever the use for loft conversions, London homeowners will always benefit from more space, a better quality of living and add more value on to your home. You will of course need to give some thought to the fact that you will be unable to use the loft for storage as you perhaps used to. Unless you are converting the loft into a bathroom, you should still be able to get bespoke cupboards built into the eaves of the new room which is the easiest and most practical option.

* http://your.nationwide.co.uk/your-news/articles/Pages/home-improvements.aspx

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