Describe your dream bedroom. Cool and contemporary or rustic charm? Divan or four poster? Timber floor or wall to wall carpeting? Spot lights or chandeliers?
The beauty of a loft conversion is that you have a unique opportunity to put your stamp on things – or make your dream come true – because you’re starting with a clean slate, as it were. The only limits are your imagination.
Mind you, there are some practical considerations to bear in mind – your budget, of course, and the ground or floor space available.
In the case of a loft conversion, a budget is less of a restriction, because there are no major building works to be undertaken. You might think otherwise when you shine a torch into the dusty interior of your loft and let it play on a forest of roof trusses. But despite first impressions, a great deal more can be done with a roof space than you might imagine.
For a start, you can lose the roof trusses. Yes, really, and without the roof falling in! They can be replaced with steel ones that run the length of the roof, and, depending on the size of your property, you may well be able to install an en suite as well as a bedroom.
Next, you can forget dark and dusty. The living space can also be extended and made light and airy with the addition of dormer or Velux windows. Bright and sunny by day, and at night you can see the stars from your pillow.
The point is, the dream is often more practical than it seems. Invite an experienced loft conversion specialist to run a professional eye over your loft space and tell you what can be realistically achieved. At Herts & Essex Lofts we can also set your mind at rest on other questions that may come to mind. Like, will I need planning permission for a loft conversion? How long will it take to convert? And how much will it cost?