As some of you may know, top of my home improvement wish list (after a new sofa and bathroom!) is a loft conversion. Our loft is a really dusty old space full of stuff we don’t need. I dream about it becoming a really useful fourth bedroom one day in the future with it’s own bathroom. By changing our hipped roof to a gable end, and possibly adding a dorma at the back of the house, we would have plenty enough room. It would be the perfect time to replace our old, original roof tiles too. I know all that work won’t come cheap, but it would be more cost effective than moving house and add much more usable space.
My good friend Jen who blogs at Love Chic Living has embarked on attic conversion, so you might like to join me in following all the developments and picking up some handy tips along the way. If or when our loft conversion takes place, I would love it to be a calm bedroom haven. I’m imagining a very white, scandi-inspired space with oak flooring and a little exposed brickwork.
It would make a great master bedroom, although I’m sure my eldest son would be eyeing it up with a view to having his own self-contained ‘flat’ up there. Part of me agrees it would be a nice space for all three boys to use as a den (with a Rooms Made For You silent floor installed of course!). But the alternative (another thing for the wish list) is a garden building at the end of our lawn where they could all hang out (and keep the noise far enough away from the house).
It is as well to do your homework if you are planning a loft conversion; check out the latest advice regarding building regulations and planning with your local council and you will also want to find a good architect and building company to work with. Having read up a little myself recently about the whole process, I realised that home insurance can be affected, or even invalidated, if such major building work isn’t advised to the insurance company you use.
Basically any change to your house structure may mean your cover is affected, so do remember to look into that too. Contents insurance also may not cover items that are situated in a room that didn’t exist previously, unless you have discussed and updated your cover. It is probably best to get in touch with your insurance company right at the start of your loft conversion project and tell them what you are doing so they can advise you about increasing or changing your cover.