Love this amazing loft conversion? Here's what you need to know before converting yours

Watch the Real Homes Show for loft conversions, the best floor mops and the lowdown on smart heating

If you need extra bedrooms or bathrooms, a loft conversion can be the most cost-effective way to create them. In the latest episode of the Real Homes Show, we reveal the five things you need to know before converting your loft, from how much it'll cost to how to get the layout right.

Also in this episode of our online TV show, sponsored by Self Build Zone, we've got tips on getting boutique hotel style on a budget (without stealing any bathrobes), and the lowdown on smart heating thermostats like Nest and Hive. We also put three leading floor mops to the test on muddy floors to reveal which works best – perfect for cleaning up muddy footprints after a bracing autumn walk.

The episode is just 20 minutes' long, but you can use these timings to skip to your favourite sections:

  • Small Space Squad (42 secs) – we take a look inside a gorgeous loft conversion and explain the five things you need to know before you convert yours
  • Checking It Out (5 mins 17secs) – we put floor mops to the test and reveal which tackles mud best
  • Design Deck (7mins 50secs) – how to get luxury hotel style on a budget
  • The Hub (11mins 40secs) – a jargon-free guide to smart heating and thermostats
  • Competition time (17mins 5secs) – see below for details of how to enter

We've teamed up with DIY Alcove Cabinets to give one lucky viewer £1,000 to spend on alcove cabinets or wardrobes of their choice. This competition has now closed, but click on the top article here to enter out latest giveaway.

Laura Crombie

Laura Crombie is a journalist and TV presenter. She has written about homes and interiors for the last 17 years and was Editor of Real Homes before taking on her current position as Content Director for Country Homes & Interiors, 25 Beautiful Homes Period Living and Style at Home. She's an experienced home renovator and is currently DIY-renovating a 1960s house in Worcestershire. She's been quoted on home design and renovating in The Times, The Guardian, The Metro and more. She's also a TV presenter for QVC and has been a commentator for Channel 4 at Crufts dog show.