03 Feb 7 creative ways to use a loft conversion in North London
When you decide to convert your dusty, cobwebby, roof storage space into a shiny new spacious room for your home, what will you use it for? Most people will stick their master bedroom in the loft, possibly with an en suite if there’s the space for it, but it doesn’t have to be that way, you could have almost anything up there – a space to indulge your passions, hobbies and interests, a space to use as you wish to change the way you live or feel about your home… the opportunities are limitless, but here are our top seven:
1. Guest room
It’s a little pedestrian, I know, but how often have you wished that family or friends could stay but you just don’t have the room? With the Christmas holidays not yet a distant memory, it’s worth thinking back to when parties went on a little longer than planned or when you couldn’t invite people because they lived too far away to travel back that night. Consider whether a brand new guest room could have made things that much easier.
If you have kids, you’ll know that as they grow they need more and more space. Their toys and playdates invade your living room, their sleepovers and birthday parties overflow into other rooms and when they get to pre-teen and teenage years all they want is somewhere they can call their own, play on their Xbox, watch TV or ‘hang’ with mates! A loft room, away from the rest of the house is perfect for this – an adventurous toy room in the sky or a haven from annoying parents.
3. Art studio
Have you always wanted to take your passion for art to the next level? A loft room with floor to ceiling windows and Velux windows in the pitched roof could flood the room with natural light and make it perfect for painting, sketching, making your World War 2 model airplanes, or anything else that you just don’t have the space to work on elsewhere at home.
4. Reading room/library
We’ve mentioned a haven for the kids, but why not make one for yourself. Imagine how quiet and inspiring a soundproofed loft room could be for a library – a place for all your books and somewhere you can escape to when you want to spend a little time with the novel of your fancy and a glass of wine.
5. Direct access storage
Many rooms in a typical home will, at some point in their life cycle, become a storage room of sorts. The dining room that’s underutilised, the bedroom of someone with far too many things for the cupboards and drawers to handle. Let’s face it, most people have lots of ‘stuff’ and not enough space to put it. Converting your loft could be an answer to this – to have a dedicated room in your home where everything that’s not being immediately used, but is not yet ready to be thrown away, can be stored. Many people use their garages for this, but not everyone is lucky enough to have a garage, and even if you do, maybe you’re one of those rare people who still uses it to store their cars in!
6. Home office
Working from home can be anything from a necessity (if your job means that you have to put in more than the required nine to five) to a dream (should you wish to start up your own business). A home office, away from the hubbub of the rooms below – once again soundproofed, light and airy, wired for Wi-Fi and tech, your new HQ, the centre of your working world, the inspirational space that will help you launch your business empire.
7. Dressing room
Both men and women often dream of having more cupboard space, maybe a whole room with full-length mirrors and enough space to keep all their shoes, suits and ties – even their fancy dress outfits. Your loft room could be just the space for this – away from the kids, from sleeping partners you might disturb if you’re an early morning riser, or the dog who keeps slobbering over your socks.