Amazing ideas to inspire your loft conversion

Need more space around the home without having to move house? Want to add value? Or does it just feel like the time’s right for a big home improvement project? A loft conversion could be the perfect choice for you. Whatever you choose to do with it, a converted loft space could be just the ticket for revitalising your home.

But before you roll your sleeves up and get stuck in, you need to think carefully about what you want to do with your loft conversion. Having a clear idea of what you’re looking for in advance can help you get the best end results. Here are a few design ideas you might want to consider before you start work on converting your loft.

  • Turn your loft into a handy office or study space. Finding the opportunity to work or study in peace can be difficult when you’ve got a house full of people to contend with. A converted loft, situated above the melee, could be ideal if you’re looking for somewhere to escape to. The calmer and quieter surroundings should help you be more productive and, hopefully, less stressed out.
  • How about an open-plan loft bedroom? By taking a minimalist approach to your loft conversion, you could make it look spacious as well as sophisticated. Think sleek, simple modern furniture and whitewashed walls, along with bare floorboards. This way, you can make even small loft spaces look positively spacious.
  • A rustic spare bedroom could add a touch of class and charm. Wooden beams are always a reliably charismatic feature, especially in a converted loft space. Complement them with stripped-back wooden furniture and muted décor for added allure. The end product should be a timeless and cosy converted loft.
  • Alternatively, you could turn your loft into a fun playroom for the children. Any kid would love to have their very own playroom to lark around in, so why not give your children the playroom of their dreams in your converted loft? Your best bet would be to keep the playroom nice and bright – so you could have a skylight to let in natural light as well as a bold colour scheme.
  • Perhaps you could turn your converted loft into a cool, charismatic and modern dining room. Why cram yourselves in downstairs when you can dine in style by turning your loft into a spacious dining area? If you’re going for that rural rustic vibe, wooden dining furniture could be ideal for rounding off the whole look.

Of course, there are lots of other factors you need to consider before starting work on a loft conversion. You should think about how you’re going to take advantage of natural light, how you’re going to accommodate a flight of stairs, how you’re going to retain privacy, and so on. But these design ideas are just a few suggestions to help you get started. Good luck!

What you need to consider before your loft conversion

Of all the ways to transform your home, a loft conversion is one of the wisest investments you could make. There’s been a real surge in the popularity of loft conversions over the last couple of decades, and it’s not hard to see why – not only do they provide useful additional space, but they can also add thousands of pounds to the value of a property.

But before you get to work, there’s a lot you need to think about. A bit of careful consideration can help you make the most of your loft space. Here are some particularly important points to mull over.

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  • Think about what you actually want from your loft conversion. What do you intend to use it for? How much are you prepared to spend on the job? Try to formulate a clear vision of how you want your completed loft conversion to look, as this will all help you to end up with a finished product that you’re actually happy with.
  • Familiarise yourself with the relevant building regulations first. Before you start on your loft conversion, you’ll need to obtain planning permission from the local authority. Failure to do so could have unpleasant repercussions further down the line, so make sure you tell your neighbours about your upcoming renovation if you live in a terraced or semi-detached property.
  • Make sure your home can actually accommodate a loft conversion. Your converted loft will add weight to your house, so check that the building can actually support it. If your house needs underpinning, it’ll likely cost you quite a bit more to have the work done. Also, check there’s sufficient head height so you know how much headroom you’re likely to have once the loft conversion is complete.
  • Think about how you’re going to maximise the amount of natural light entering your loft space. Which windows would be best suited to your converted loft? Skylight windows are the most obvious choice, as they’re fairly easy to fit. Alternatively, you could go for dormer windows – but as these need walls and a roof, there’s a bit more work involved. Do some research into which different types of windows are available.
  • Another important issue to consider is access. How are you going to get in to your converted loft space? Finding space for stairs can be tricky, and purpose-built staircases don’t come cheap. You could go for a winding staircase, but carrying bulky items up such narrow spaces is often difficult.

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Don’t get started on a loft conversion until you’ve considered all of these points. This way, you should have a better idea of how the work will alter your home. Of course, it’s always important to seek expert advice on these matters – so talk to the team at Econoloft to help you get the loft conversion you’ve always dreamed of.

Decluttering your home with minimum hassle

It doesn’t take much for household junk to accumulate over time. And the longer you leave it, the worse the problem is going to become – so it’s up to you to make sure you keep on top of things. Fortunately, decluttering needn’t result in too much drama. Why live your life surrounded by junk when you don’t need to?  In fact, you can keep your home spick and span with the points we’ve outlined below.

Get the family involved!

Given the sheer volume of junk generated by the typical family, keeping things in order is certainly easier said than done. Still, by being organised you can make your life a lot more comfortable and a lot less stressful. Make sure you rope in other family members to help you with tidying up – don’t let anyone shirk their duties. They might not appreciate it at first, but they’ll soon come to realise that you’re right. This all helps to inculcate good habits.

Staying organised

Try to avoid procrastinating, too. It might be tempting just to let things slide, but it really is a slippery slope – and before you know it, your home is a bit of a mess again. If needs be, it’s good to organise a rota so that everyone knows what they have to do and when (this is particularly valuable if you’re living in a house share).

Take it one room at a time

There’s nothing quite like a good old clear-out, however long you might put it off for beforehand. But before you pile in, it’s worth thinking about how you’re actually going to go about it. Don’t do it in a haphazard manner – instead, take it one room at a time. Then, once you’re happy that you’ve cleared away everything you need to, you can move on to the next one. Think about what you do and don’t use. By all means hang on to those belongings which have special sentimental value, but those that don’t you can do without.

If you do unearth old belongings you can’t bear to part with, find a big box to put them in and put it up in the loft out of harm’s way. That should at least help you keep everything organised. You’ll find that once you’ve decluttered, you’re left with more space than you had before – so give any newly-uncovered floors, walls and shelves a good sprucing up. You’ll soon see that a little effort goes a long way, leaving your home a fresher and more pleasant place to be.

Turning your loft into the perfect chill-out room

After a long and stressful day at work, it’s always important to be able to unwind. But finding the space to get some much-needed time to yourself can be tricky in a busy and bustling household, particularly when there are kids running around. That’s why it’s worth setting aside a space dedicated purely to chilling out in – but the trouble is finding somewhere that’s suitable, where you can really escape the racket for a while.

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Chill-out rooms can also be great places to entertain friends and family – as well as getting away from them when you feel the need for some ‘you’ time. A converted loft, isolated from the rest of the fray, could be the perfect spot for a chill-out zone. Here are our top 10 tips for helping you make the most of it.


  1. Make sure your chill-out room is well away from the other distractions around the home. If you’re going to relax you need somewhere you won’t be pestered (which is why a loft space would be ideal).
  2. Think about the mood you want to create. Choosing the right décor and lighting can help in this regard. Blues and greens can help to create a spa-like vibe, while pastel shades also help to keep things relaxed. Muted and subtle lighting can also ensure a laid-back atmosphere.
  3. Make sure you provide comfortable furniture. After all, it’s going to be difficult to relax if you can’t get comfortable. Plush sofas are great, but make sure you have some bean bags on hand for when you’re entertaining guests in your chill-out room.
  4. Include a few tables as well so you and any guests have somewhere to put your drinks and any other belongings you might have with you.
  5. It’s also worth investing in a home entertainment system for your chill-out room. That way, you can kick back with your favourite movies or music until you’re feeling suitably refreshed.
  6. Think about how you decorate the room. Interesting and quirky objects can add a bit of variety as well as helping you put your own personal stamp on it.
  7. That said, don’t go overboard. The more objects you have in your chill-out zone, the more effort you’ll have to go to when you’re cleaning it – probably not what you want from a room intended as a chill-out space.
  8. It’s worth adding some art to the walls of your chill-out space. Paintings can complement the ambience perfectly, although it’s best to avoid anything too intense and striking.
  9. Consider how you’re going to make use of natural light. If there’s too much natural light pouring into your loft space, it’ll be hard to relax there. Too little and you’ll be relying on artificial light, which can be harsh on the eye. Skylights and Juliet balconies can help you let the light in (and keep it out, when you need to).
  10. What sort of flooring are you going to go for? Hardwood floors are an old favourite, and thick rugs can add a touch of cosiness.

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If you’re thinking of having your loft converted, then the friendly team of experts at Econoloft can help you get the most out of it – however you intend to use the space once the job’s done. Just get in touch with us to make an appointment and we’ll help you make that loft conversion a reality.

Loft conversion or extension?

When considering a home improvement project, it’s important to think very carefully before you commit to anything. If you play your cards right, you could end up adding tens of thousands of pounds to the value of your property as well as making your home more spacious. However, if you’re going to invest big money on a home improvement then it’s essential that you get as much bang for your buck as possible.

Loft conversions and extensions can both be value-adding and practical home improvements. But which of the two is better suited for your particular needs and budget?

Questions to consider

Before starting work, there are a few key questions you’ll need to think about:

  • How much money are you prepared to spend?
  • How much value can you expect the work to add to your home?
  • Do you have enough space to accommodate it?
  • What do you intend to use the space for?
  • How will you integrate the new space with the rest of the home?
  • Do you intend to carry out further home improvement work in future? How will that fit in with this project once it’s completed?

Considering the pros and cons of cost and practicality is always essential as a first step. Asking yourself these questions should help you get a clearer idea in your mind’s eye of what you want from this home improvement project.

Which should you go for?

Both loft conversions and extensions have their respective advantages. Generally, extensions tend to provide more space, as they’re less limited in terms of size and can be built across more than one floor. The problem is, however, that you will need to obtain planning permission before you can start work. Local authorities don’t always grant it, which could effectively send you back to square one. Another major disadvantage to having extension work done is that it tends to be quite expensive. In addition, many properties simply lack the room to accommodate an extension.

By contrast, there’s far less red tape to worry about when you go for a loft conversion. In fact, you don’t always need planning permission to have your loft converted – although it is wise to check with your local council first. Loft conversions are also generally much cheaper than extensions – all you’re doing is converting existing space instead of building more from scratch – as well as adding more value to your property than any other home improvement.

Of course, you should consider all the options available to you before you start work on improving your home. But there are good reasons why millions of homeowners across the country have opted for loft conversions – and they could be just the solution for you too. Get in touch with the friendly team of experts here at Econoloft to find out more about how together we can make your dream loft conversion a reality.

Cash in the attic: finding valuables in your loft

It’s well known that loft conversions can provide a huge boost to the value of your home. According to one survey carried out by the Nationwide Building Society in 2014, loft conversions can add more value – up to 20 per cent of the house price – to your home. That can amount to a major cash windfall. Perhaps you’re getting ready for a loft conversion. Before you start work, though, you’ll need to clear the loft out first – and you might be surprised by what you find in there.

There are some real valuables lurking in the lofts of Britain. Landlord Insurance warned in 2013 that many landlords were failing to capitalise on the valuable items stored in the attic – including collectibles as well as family heirlooms. So what valuables should you be looking out for before you get cracking on that loft conversion? Here are our top tips.

Valuables to watch out for

  • Books – if you’re a bit of a bookworm then you’ve probably got a fair few books stashed away in your loft. Most of them aren’t worth much of course, but you may well have a few collectors’ items lurking somewhere among the more obscure reaches of your collection. Particularly rare books can fetch big money at auction. A hardback first-edition copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone sold for £10,575 at Sotheby’s in 2002. Maybe you’ve got a copy of a book that’s been signed by the author. You never know what’s in there until you start rummaging around.
  • Records – committed music lovers are also quite likely to have some collectibles among their collection. According to the Telegraph, a 1977 first pressing of the Sex Pistols’ controversial hit God Save the Queen could fetch around £8,000 at auction while a 1963 copy of the Beatles’ Please Please Me would be worth around £3,500. A first pressing of the Rolling Stones’ self-titled album from 1964 could sell for £1,000. More recently, Oasis’ limited edition vinyl box set from 2009 – of which only 1,500 copies were printed – could fetch around £300.
  • Sporting memorabilia – the increasing popularity of online auction sites like eBay has resulted in an explosion in demand for sporting memorabilia. The most expensive sporting memorabilia can fetch millions of pounds, and it’s safe to say that the kind of stuff most of us have stored in our attic probably isn’t of that magnitude. However, there may well be real valuables among your old belongings. For example, signed football match programmes or replica shirts can usually be relied on to fetch a decent amount.
  • Comic books and annuals – there’s been a strong revival of interest in comic books over the last decade or so. Perhaps you’ve still got a stash of old comics and annuals you’ve kept from your childhood. If so, you should probably start looking through them to see just what you’ve got in there because your collection could be a veritable treasure trove. In 2004, an ultra-rare copy of The Dandy dating from December 1937 (and still including the original free gift packaged with it) sold for a record price of £20,350 by auctioneers.

Hopefully, these examples should give you all the inspiration you need to get clearing out your loft ahead of that big conversion. You just never know what you’ve had locked away for all these years. So get up in that attic and find out what you’ve got!

Making space for the boomerang generation


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If you’ve been paying attention to the news over the last few years, then you surely won’t have missed all the talk about the so-called ‘boomerang generation’ of young adults in their 20s and even their 30s who find themselves driven back into the bosom of their families. Mums and dads entering their golden years might have hoped that they’d finally got a bit of peace and quiet at home, only for their offspring to suddenly turn up on their doorstep – carrying with them a lot more belongings than they first went away with.

Finding space for boomerang babies and all their bits and pieces can be tricky. Fortunately, there is a solution at hand – a loft conversion.

What it means for parents

Research has indicated that returning adult offspring can place a significant financial burden on their parents. This is through no fault of their own, of course – young people today face intense competition for the best graduate jobs, stagnant wages elsewhere and soaring rents. This is clearly a major phenomenon. According to a survey carried out by TopCashBack earlier this year, three-quarters of parents with offspring aged over 18 had at least one son or daughter still living at home.

The return of adult offspring to the family home also adds pressure in terms of space. Parents who’ve got accustomed to not having their grown-up children around suddenly find themselves struggling to accommodate them again. Old bedrooms get put to new purposes, after all. A loft conversion, however, could be just the ticket.

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A solution that works for everyone

Converting your loft into additional living space could provide your grown-up children with some private space for when they need some quiet time alone or for when they have friends round. Their parents, on the other hand, are likely to find that they have more space around the rest of the house and that they also get a bit of peace and quiet. Lofts can also make great bedrooms to accommodate boomerang babies. Alternatively, you could convert the loft into office space to free up another room for a returning son or daughter to sleep in.

On top of all that, loft conversions can add tens of thousands of pounds to the value of a property – indeed, they can do more to add value than any other home improvement. That alone makes them a worthwhile investment, so once the boomerang babies have boomeranged off again, their parents are left with a valuable addition to their home. As ever, the Econoloft team are on hand to help make your dream loft conversion come true – so feel free to get in touch today.

Controlling light and heat in your converted loft

The latest British summer might have turned out to be a bit of a damp squib – now there’s a surprise – but if you’re going to have your loft converted, you need to make sure you’re ready for the heat when it does arrive. Getting the ventilation and lighting right is important for a successful loft conversion. After all, converted loft space that’s either too dark or too light – or too warm or too cold – isn’t going to be an enjoyable place to spend time. Because warm air rises, your loft is likely to be warmer than the rest of the house. You need to bear this in mind when designing your loft conversion.


Keeping it ventilated

Good ventilation is crucial to keeping your converted loft cool and comfortable. Ventilation flaps can help to enhance the flow of air, allowing warm air to exit the roof space and regulating the temperature more effectively. The exact method of ventilation used will depend on the design of your home’s roof, though. A loft conversion specialist will take you through the appropriate ventilation solutions available when you come to discuss your project.

Choosing the right windows for your converted loft can also make a big difference to ventilation. The windows you incorporate into your loft conversion will depend on your budget – skylights are fairly inexpensive, but dormer windows cost more as more work needs to be done to accommodate them. A Juliet balcony is another option which would allow you to let more cool air into the loft as and when you felt the need to.

Windows can however also be a major source of heat loss, so you’ll need high-performance double or triple-glazed windows to avoid this problem. While lofts do, as we mentioned earlier, tend to be slightly warmer than lower levels of the home, heat loss can still make them chilly in the winter.


Letting the light in

Natural light can make a converted loft space feel much more homely and welcoming than it might be otherwise. Harnessing natural light effectively will make your loft much more pleasant, which is just what you need if you’re planning to spend plenty of time in there. Roof windows tend to let more light in than conventional vertical windows, but that’s not the end of the matter. You’ll need to consider the position and orientation of your loft windows to make the most of the natural light. Think about how you decorate it, too – use whites and blues to create an airy atmosphere.

These are all matters you can talk through with an expert. It’s essential to seek a specialist’s opinion before you get to work on your loft conversion – this should help you get the design just right and iron out any snags. At Econoloft, we’re always happy to talk you through every aspect of our loft conversion. Just get in touch with our friendly and helpful team of experts to find out more.

How to ensure your loft conversion goes without a hitch

A loft conversion could be just what your home needs. Not only do they provide you with useful additional space, but they can also add tens of thousands of pounds to the value of your home. But before you get to work on making that dream loft conversion a reality, you’ll need to do a bit of planning first. There’s plenty to consider in terms of what you want from your loft conversion, how much it’ll cost you and whether there are any regulatory issues to overcome.

By working out what you want from your loft conversion and how to go about getting the job done, you can save yourself a lot of unnecessary hassle and stress later on.

Covering the cost of your loft conversion

Perhaps the first question to consider is where you’re going to get the money from to cover the cost of your loft conversion. Many homeowners simply tap into their equity to pay for the work. However you raise the money – whether you borrow it or save up out of your own money – stringent budgeting is crucial. Lots of different elements will have an impact on the total cost. These include the size of the conversion, the number of rooms you want to divide it into, and whether you want to add additional features such as skylights or Juliet balconies, for instance.

It’s wise to do some research in to how much loft conversions typically cost, and how much value they add. Be sure to seek the opinion of an expert – they’ll help you get the most bang for your buck.

Regulations and red tape

It’s also very important to familiarise yourself with the relevant regulations before starting work on your loft conversion. The chances are that you won’t need planning permission, but you should get in touch with your local council to see exactly what you have to do to avoid breaching any rules. For instance, the design will need to incorporate adequate means of access and escape from the loft space, as well as structural stability and ventilation. Should your loft conversion not meet the standards set out in the regulation, you won’t be able to market it as an extra bedroom should you come to sell the property – which means you won’t get the value add that means your loft conversion work effectively pays for itself.

If your home is a listed building or is situated in a protected area, you may require special permission to proceed with the work. Again, it’s always advisable to contact your local council to see what you need to do to ensure your loft conversion complies with the appropriate regulations. If you don’t and you later find that you should have done, you could find that the council takes action against you.

The best thing you can do is to seek specialist advice before attempting to do anything else. Here at Econoloft, we have four decades’ experience in completing loft conversions. Just get in touch with our friendly and helpful team, and we’ll be more than happy to take you through the process of converting your loft.


Top tips for turning your loft into the ideal study space


One of the many advantages of having your loft converted is that you can then put that space to a wide range of uses. You could turn it into a playroom for the kids, you could transform it into a home entertainment paradise, or you could simply use it as an extra bedroom – it’s entirely up to you. There are numerous options to consider. One such option is turning your loft into a home office or study space.

More and more of us are working from home these days, so it could be very useful to have a quiet spot to work in. Your newly-converted loft space could fit this bill. Here are some of our top tips for turning your loft into the perfect study space.

Give yourself enough space

Perhaps the most important thing to consider is how you’re going to get enough peace and quiet. There’s not much point in having a home office or study space if it isn’t peaceful enough to work in. This is why a converted loft space could be well suited to this role – it can provide a quiet little hideaway just when you need it. The fewer distractions you have to hand, the more efficiently you’ll be able to work.

You should also try to avoid letting things get too cluttered. Tidier surroundings should allow for sharper focus on your work. You’ll need to make sure you have all your books, papers and equipment close by, but make sure you keep clutter to a minimum. Bookshelves and storage racks can help you keep things orderly. An array of papers, open books and notepads can just make you feel that bit more stressed.

Let there be light (and heat, but not too much)

It’s important to ensure adequate lighting in any room where you’re likely to spend a lot of time – but particularly so if you’re going to be working in there. Not only are dingy and dark surroundings a bit grim in general, but they can also sap the energy out of you and make you feel more tired. When you’re designing your loft conversion, you must ensure that you make the best use of natural light. Unnatural light can be harsh on the eyes, so it’s no substitute. Blinds can help you keep natural light out whenever it gets excessive, though.

Make sure you’ve got the temperature right in your study space, too. Keep a fan or heater to hand just in case you need it. If it’s too hot or too cold, you won’t be comfortable and you won’t be at your most productive because you’ll struggle to concentrate. Think carefully about your décor too – if it’s too loud or if you’re not happy with it, it’s probably going to be a distraction.

Access and furniture

If you’re going to use your converted loft as a home office or study space, then don’t forget about how you’re going to furnish it. Your home office space needs to be comfortable and spacious. Make sure you’ve got a desk that you can sit at with your elbows resting on it comfortably. You’ll also need a chair that you can adjust to the right height – an ergonomic chair could do the job. Foot rests are also handy for getting more comfortable while you work.

You might also want to invite clients round to your home office to show them what you’re working on – so you should think carefully about access to your converted loft. A ladder simply won’t work if you want your converted loft to be a habitable space; for one thing it won’t comply with regulations. Spiral staircases are attractive and classy, but take up a lot of space. Nevertheless, a staircase of some sort would definitely be the best option, depending on the space available.

Of course, you’ll want to put your own stamp on your new study or office space, so exactly how you go about creating it is up to you. Still, you should seek the opinions of a professional loft conversion specialist before you do anything else. The team here at Econoloft are always on hand to provide you with useful insight into how to make best use of your loft, as well as taking care of all the practicalities involved in making your dream loft conversion a reality. Get in touch today.