Thinking of converting your attic space?
Take a look at these inspirational case studies for ideas on how you can best utilise your loft space by converting it.
Ideas include a bedroom, bathroom or additional living space.
Building a well-equipped living space upstairs
The brief: ‘The client for this loft conversion was very keen to take advantage of the wonderful views across the countryside and to ensure there was enough amenity space,’ explains architect James Corris of Riach Architects. ‘As such, the kitchen and external balcony were located on the second floor level. This approach required full planning permission and could not be done under permitted development.’
What it cost: £50,000
Creating a multipurpose family room
The brief: ‘The principle challenge was to design a functional, flexible family space without compromising on quality,’ says James Corris of Riach Architects. ’Where options for windows were limited, bright and reflective finishes were used to emphasise daylight. Blackout blinds and dimming downlights were combined to allow the room to double as a cinema room, with popcorn-making facilities, and a bedroom.’
What it cost: £65,000.
Designing a spacious master bedroom
The brief: John and Tania Ferrari chose Econoloft to create a new master bedroom in the loft of their three-bedroom semi-detached home, so their growing daughter could move into their old bedroom. ‘It’s hard to believe that this light, open space was once a dark place used for storage,’ says Tania. ‘We opted to upgrade from a standard balustrade to a glass one as we aren’t overlooked, and didn’t want anything to interrupt the view of the trees and greenery. We will never tire of relaxing up here and just taking it all in.’
What it cost: Expect to pay around £35,000 for a similar project.
Making the most of space
The brief: The owners of this London house decided to convert their loft into an open-plan master bedroom suite, inspired by a Manhattan loft. Now a large, calming space, the conversion features a compact wash room and a panoramic window, in front of which is a dramatic Usk bateau bath, with a Dalby shower tucked into a corner behind a frameless glass door. ‘The white colour scheme and the light flooding in from the window make it so airy,’ say the couple. ‘It has such a classic look that we know we’ll be enjoying this space for years to come.’
What it cost: Around £50,000