Increasing the value of your home is always at the forefront for homeowners. Many properties in Jersey have lofts, which are used for storage or homes for many spiders. As lovely as it is, providing a home for both your family and the 8-legged insects, the insects need to go so more room can be made for your family to enjoy.
SMALL LOFT SPACE
If your loft is around 2.3m high, you could explore the routes of converting this space into a small child’s bedroom, home office or even a playroom for your children. Look out for obstacles such as chimneys, water tanks and if your home has a pitched roof, as this can hinder your final conversion decision. You can remove or move these options to another area of your property but this will increase the costs of your conversion.
CHOOSE DESIGNS THAT UTILISE THE SPACE
Take advantage of your smaller loft space by making it feel naturally cosy. This can be by choosing a light colour-scheme. But be careful, with the trend of modern, white rooms can make your loft look clinical. Make sure you pair your light colours with warm woods, a coloured feature wall (a 2019 interior design trend) or dark coloured soft furnishings. We recommend you take a look at Pinterest for ideas and view interior design blogs, to give you some inspiration.
PLAN YOUR FURNITURE LAYOUT
Having an idea where your furniture will go is key to the planning stage of your conversion. If you need to save on space, look into built-in storage and furniture that can fit snug into an area. If you’re inserting an ensuite, you must consider the ceiling height so your guests don’t have to bend-down to enjoy their morning shower or endure a strange yoga pose when sitting on the toilet.
A PROFESSIONAL’S OPINION
Hiring an architect, structural engineer or architectural technologist provides you with drawings to give to builders. They normally help source the right building company to suit you and your budget, so it’s a good way to take that stress off your hands. However, hiring the specialist means your overall costs will increase. Alternatively, you could hand your whole project over to a design-and-build contractor that will take care of everything for you. This is a good way to help you budget your spend. Moreover, they might be less creative in design terms, but with your guidance, you could achieve the most for your space.
DAYLIGHT, DAYLIGHT, DAYLIGHT
As a general rule, your windows should make up 20% of your loft’s roof area if you want to maximise natural light. Therefore, taking time to think about where your windows are and the purpose of the room is an important aspect. Velux windows always spring to mind!