Converting unused loft space into an extra bedroom – or even a whole new master suite – is a popular way to add extra livable space to a home that is otherwise one you want to stay in. Done right, thanks to the fact that loft conversions are so versatile and potential-filled – in the right professional hands of course – such rooms can become the most spectacular in the house.
A loft conversion project like this is not for everyone though and it’s not right for every home. Here are some points to consider if this is a project that interests you:
Is Loft Living for You?
Whether the new space will be used by you or another member of the household or even converted into a guest room, you do have to consider if the loft is really a place you would want to sleep. Some people love the idea of the serenity of being separated from the rest of home but do not relish the climb up the stairs.
In addition parents with younger children may be uncomfortable with the level of separation from the rest of the house that a loft bedroom would bring. On the other hand, a teen may thank you forever – or at least for a day or so – for providing them with a sanctuary away from everyone else (and you may even enjoy it yourself) Consider your unique family situation when deciding whether or not loft living is for you.
It’s worth remembering too that loft conversions can be used to create more than just an extra bedroom. They can be the perfect spot for a home office as they add the extra ‘level’ of separation from the rest of the home that everyone who works from home craves. They can also be utilized to create a study, a ‘man cave’, a home theatre or even a home gym (although that will remove any excuses you have about not being able to find the time to go to the gym!)
Is a Loft Bedroom a Good Idea Financially?
Your next step should be to begin to determine just how much work and money it will actually take to convert your loft into a livable bedroom. In older houses, the heating, ventilating and air conditioning may all have to be run up to the loft and if you want to add an en-suite bathroom plumbing pipes as well. The best way to determine this is to call in a loft conversion specialist who will be able to access your loft, listen to your project ideas and then give you a cost estimate for the project.
Many homeowners do find though that the initial expense of all this to them is minimal in comparison to the benefits offered by the new functional space they will be gaining. Some people even manage to make extra money by renting out the extra bedroom to lodgers!
Once You Decide to Go Ahead
If you do determine that a loft bedroom is right for you the real fun begins. Most lofts and attics are visually very beautiful after loft conversions. Usually, the roof lines that are already in place make for stunning ceilings and as you are literally right at the top of the house the lighting options are great too. Many lofts already have good windows that let in a lot of natural light but even if yours does not adding a skylight or sun tube or two is not a big deal for a good professional.
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