How a loft conversion with VELUX transformed our family home
AD – this post is sponsored by VELUX. Are you thinking about a loft conversion? Here are some loft conversion tips, and how having our attic space extended transformed our family home.
We are five years into our house renovation and one of the best things we’ve done is have our loft converted. It transformed our dark and inaccessible loft space into a bright, daylight-filled bedroom with VELUX roof windows, en-suite bathroom and work-from-home office that the whole family uses.
I’m always asked a lot of questions about our loft conversion – the most common being ‘What’s the loft conversion cost?!’ – so thought I’d write all about ours with some loft conversion tips for having an extension or loft conversion yourself.
What type of loft conversion did we have? Our house is a 120-year-old Victorian mid-terrace house that originally had two bedrooms. As a family of four we needed an extra bedroom and as I work from home, I wanted an office space. As it’s a terraced house, the rooms are small and can be dark, so our priority was to turn the loft – which was basically a spider hotel – into a big, open space with lots of daylight.
We now have a second-floor master bedroom with en-suite and open-plan home office, with a dormer loft conversion with two VELUX roof windows. Our builder joked that it would be an ‘adults-only sanctuary’ but the whole family uses it all the time for homework, making dens and watching films on our bed. I often find the children up there playing hide and seek.
My desk is by one of our VELUX roof windows so it’s a bright space for working, and when I open the window, I can hear children playing at my daughter’s school in the next street.
How long did our loft conversion take?About six months from start to finish, including snagging and decorating.
Was there a lot of building dust? Yes, it goes EVERYWHERE.
What was the loft conversion cost? This is the big question everyone asks! Our loft was converted a few years ago, and as we used our builder it was a slightly different cost to the loft conversion companies operating in our area – but it seems that the going rate in our area for these companies is around £35,000 – £45,000.
Is having a loft conversion worth it…? Yes! Our loft conversion has transformed the loft into an open and airy space and with double VELUX roof windows it’s full of daylight – a place where the whole family gravitates.
Things to think about when planning a loft conversion
Choose your builder or loft conversion company wisely: Ask your friends and neighbours for recommendations and try to look at examples of their work. We used our builder because he’s reliable and because he also dealt directly with the architects, planning, party wall agreements and the building inspectors for us.
Plan the space: Do you want the maximum number of rooms or a big, bright space? Even though a loft might seem big, there might be odd angles to work around. Think about the flow of light – our VELUX roof windows let in lots of daylight (don’t worry, you can buy VELUX roof window back-out blinds that block out all the light to help you sleep).
Think about storage: Family homes need lots of storage for all those old bits of baby equipment and bags of babygros you’re keeping ‘just in case’. Can you add under-eave storage or built–in cupboards? Make sure you do a Marie Kondo and declutter, too.
Be prepared for disruption: If you’re having a loft conversion then everything from the loft will have to leave the space. If you’re short on space already, then your house might feel chaotic. There will be noise and dust, especially during any knock-throughs. It might feel invasive when you have people traipsing in and out all day. It’ll be worth it in the end — promise.
Where to find loft conversion ideas and inspiration: If you’re thinking of a home renovation or extension – be it a single-story extension to create more space for an open-plan kitchen and dining room or perhaps a children’s playroom – or need more ideas for a loft conversion then Pinterest is a great source for inspiration. Here’s my board of loft conversion ideas.
Here are eight ideas and Pinterest boards from fellow bloggers who’ve also transformed a space with VELUX roof windows:
Planning a loft conversion bathroom in a small space? Sarah from Extraordinary Chaos has written about how to plan a bathroom to give the illusion of space, and how she created an airy loft bathroom that bounces the daylight from her VELUX roof window around the room. Find her Pinterest board here.
As parents we know how many toys children can accumulate, so isn’t it a brilliant idea to give children their own space and use a loft conversion as a bright and spacious playroom? See more thanks to Emma from Mummy…Mummy…MUM!! Here’s her Pinterest board for tips and inspo on adding VELUX roof windows to a family home.
It’s great to see examples of other people’s extensions as it really gives you an idea of what your own will look like. After Clare from Maybush Studio’s parents added a loft conversion to her home, she was inspired to add VELUX roof windows to brighten up her daughter’s bedroom. More on her Pinterest board.
If you’re thinking about a kitchen extension, Chrissy from Organise My House has shown how adding VELUX roof windows to a single-storey extension has maximised the natural light in her kitchen. More over on her Pinterest board.
Jenni from Chilling with Lucas talks about the importance of natural daylight in a loft bedroom, and how VELUX roof windows create a bright and comfortable family atmosphere in her extended kitchen. See more in her Pinterest board here.
Catherine from Growing Family added a single-story kitchen extension to her home creating an open-plan family room that with VELUX roof windows that flood the area with natural light. Find her Pinterest board here.
Becky from A Beautiful Space has written about the benefits of VELUX roof windows in a kitchen and how adding daylight in a room can improve the vibe of your entire house. Make sure you check out her Pinterest board for inspiration and ideas.
WIN with Britmums & VELUX:Now it’s your chance to win with Britmums and VELUX roof windows. All you need to do is create your own Pinterest mood board showing how VELUX roof windows bring daylight and fresh air into homes. This could include pictures of your own home, ideas for a renovation project you are planning or inspiration from elsewhere.
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