North London Lofts: The best of our projects north of the river


From Islington to Barnet, our North London loft conversions are as unique as our clients. We take a look back at the best and most interesting lofts we have created from N1 to N22. So, if you’re looking for inspiration for your own North London loft conversion, keep on reading.

Balfour Road, Highbury Islington

This loft conversion in Highbury was part of a large-scale home renovation, which included a rear dormer loft with en suite shower room and a significant rear extension that made room for a large open-plan kitchen dinner.
This project is a perfect example of how we, at Simply, can combine more than one project at once. We managed both builds to help reduce cost and time. We opened up the loft to include a spacious double bedroom with en suite shower room. The bedroom has been decorated with whimsical wallpaper and the natural nooks and crannies that come with most lofts have been utilised for wardrobes and storage.

The rear extension has been turned into a stylish and contemporary kitchen diner. Light wells and bi-folding doors let in plenty of light. The subtle grey and stark white means that the bright yellow colour of the appliances and chairs really pop out.

Alexandra Park Road, Haringey Muswell Hill

The owners of this house love music, so when they envisaged their perfect loft conversion, a space for music was a must. This build included a large side dormer loft conversion, which created a light-filled bedroom with en suite bathroom and a music area.
A number of skylights and windows have been installed to bring in as much natural light as possible and built-in wardrobes provide storage for all those essentials. The white walls and the light, but warm wooden flooring, gives the room a crisp, clean feel.

The long large room has been divided into two distinct areas. The narrowest part is the bedroom; the bed and sofa under the eaves creates a cosy den-like feel. The second part of the room is the music area. Set in the widest part of the room is the music area, this space features a small desk under a window and built in cupboards in the eaves. The minimalistic design gives the owners space to be creative without being distracted.

The en suite bathroom features a walk-in shower with a large heated towel rail. Again, the light colours create a calming space in which to de-stress.
Lyndhurst Avenue, Barnet

This typical 20th-century house in Barnet has undergone a transformation with a side dormer loft and a double glazed Juliet balcony. The project created a new bedroom space, study and bathroom.

The bedroom is spacious and the distinct architectural features create a unique space, which makes you want to spend time in the bedroom. The Juliet balcony floods the room with natural light and offers a beautiful view over the garden. When we create a loft conversion at Simply Loft, we never like to waste space. This is why we have built-in cupboards where we can, so the owners have plenty of storage space. For this build, we came up with the innovative idea of putting drawers into the wall. You can never have too much storage.

The en suite shower comprises of a large walk in shower with bright blue tiles which helps create a bright and sunny room – perfect for those mornings when you need a little more motivation.

Have our projects inspired to have your own North London loft conversion? If yes, then contact us for a free, no obligation site survey.

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How to choose a staircase design for your loft conversion


One of the benefits of a loft conversion is the utilisation of what could be considered dead space – and while property owners dream of light-filled bedrooms, how you will get up to your newly converted loft space is often hardly given a second thought. However, the staircase is not only important for practical reasons, it can also be a design feature in itself. Here is our guide on how to choose a staircase for your loft conversion.


Get a designer 

To make the most of the area you wish to convert, it’s always advisable to hire a qualified designer. They will be able to best utilise the space needed for stairs – making sure you don’t lose so much as a square inch unnecessarily. They will also be best placed to incorporate design features such as light wells and any ornamentation you may want. At Simply Loft, we have a team of designers, who can help you decide the type of stairs you need for your build design, circumstances and budget.



Building regulations for loft staircases

Building stairs for a loft conversion are subject to certain building regulations. Here are some of the basics:

  • There must be at least 1.9m of headroom at the centre of the flight
  • There must be at least 1.8m of headroom at the edges
  • The maximum pitch of stairs is 42 degrees
  • There is no minimum width. Though less than 600mm is unlikely to prove practical

Bespoke vs. pre-made

Naturally, a bespoke staircase is more expensive than a pre-made one. As a rule, pre-made staircases are not quite off the shelf, as they will need to be customised to the pitch, height, depth and the number of treads. Generally, they are made by large manufacturers, who can use their economies of scale to keep costs down. If you are on a tight budget, this is the best route to take and you can still be left with a stylish design. Another advantage is that there will usually be a quick turnaround time; with more employees and space, large manufacturers can generally meet tight project deadlines faster than bespoke makers.

Bespoke staircases, made to order by a skilled joiner or specialist manufacturer, do cost more as a rule, however, the results can be spectacular. Most staircases you will see in glossy property and interior magazines are likely to be bespoke ones. With a bespoke staircase, you will get something that is unique, stylish and that utilises the space efficiently. Though they can be costly, a bespoke staircase does last a lifetime and, when designed correctly, is an architectural feature in itself.

Spiral staircase


If space is tight, a spiral staircase can be a viable option. Not only do they look great, they can limit wasted landing space. They can also be a cost-effective solution, with the cheapest options starting at around £500. Remember, though there can be tight building and fire regulations around spiral staircases so do speak with your Simply Surveyor who can talk you through the options.


When buying furniture for your loft, keep in mind how you will get it up the stairs when your loft conversion is complete. Many loft steps have a curve, making it difficult to get bulky furniture up to your newly created loft. If you have narrow stairs it’s best to buy flat pack furniture if possible. If you are having bespoke furniture made, ensure you tell the maker that it will need to get up the stairs – even if that means it has to be assembled in the room.

A loft conversion is a great way to expand your home without having to lose garden space. If you want to convert your loft, contact Simply Loft today for a free site survey.

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Loft Conversion: Interior Design

Loft Conversion Interior Design

In such a crowded city as London, gaining more space can be difficult, but by expanding into the loft area of your house you can add that much need extra space. Loft conversions can also be cost effective too, as they can add value to your home. But how do you turn, what was once dead space, into a beautiful bedroom, bathroom, playroom or home office? Read on to read our top interior design tips for your loft conversion.

The stairs

When dreaming of your ideal loft, you’re probably not thinking about the stairs, but they are important. However, you ideally don’t want to give over too much space to them. If space is especially tight, a spiral staircase may be the best choice. To ensure you still get plenty of light on the stairs and landing, you can install a light well or skylight.

Make the space multi-functional 

With this new extra space, you need to make the most of it. Some of our clients have taken advantage of the extra space by zoning a room. For example, one client put an open plan bathroom into one corner of a bedroom.

Loft Conversion Interior Design

Keep your privacy

When undertaking a loft conversion keeping your privacy is paramount. This can be done with skylights and Velux windows. These are especially effective in a bathroom, where privacy is arguably most important. It is difficult for neighbours to see through a skylight into the room, they still let in lots of light and it saves you having to purchase frosted windows. Skylights can also be well utilised in a bedroom too; to ensure further privacy you can have sliding blinds. It is possible to have blinds that open and close via remote control and some can even be timed.

If you have a Juliet balcony or a picture window, opting to install plantation shutters can give you the privacy you need without having to compromise on light.   

Make the most of those architectural features

Loft Conversion Interior Design

Attic spaces can have a whole host of architectural features such as chimney breasts, beautiful wooden beams and sloping ceilings. The best thing to do with these, sometimes awkward spaces, is to embrace them. Such spaces lend themselves well to storage such as built-in cupboards and shelves or they can be used for zoning rooms – for example, space for a desk or reading nook.


Loft Conversion Interior Design

Every home needs storage and loft conversions can provide some innovative storage solutions. Popular with clients are cupboards under the eaves, custom built in wardrobes and shelving. For some inspiration take a look at our storage ideas gallery.

If you want to gain more living space by expanding into your loft space then contact Simply Loft for a free site survey today.

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Loft conversions in South London: The best of our projects south of the river

South London Loft conversions

In our series looking back at the best of our projects, we’ve picked the best and most interesting loft conversions we have worked on to help bring you some inspiration for your own London Loft conversion.

This time we head south of the River and discover a secret alcove, an open plan bathroom and a room with a view in Brixton.

Gypsy Road, Streatham

Located in the popular neighbourhood of Streatham, this project featured the creation of an L-section rear dormer that included a double bedroom with an en-suite bathroom and a guest bedroom/study.

The brief from the client asked for the double bedroom to feel “den like”. To achieve this, we worked with the features of the house (i.e. chimney breast and eaves) to create a small hidden alcove, with a window that could be used as a reading nook; or, you can just sit and watch the world go by from the comfort of your bedroom. To bring plenty of natural light into the room, two skylights were fitted together with a Juliet balcony. When we designed this room we added a cupboard on each side of the alcove to provide plenty of storage space for the occupiers.

The en-suite bathroom features a shower, sink and toilet, which is flooded with light by the skylight. The guest room/study features storage under the eaves, as well as room for a desk and sofa bed.

Wyndcliff Road, Greenwich

Greenwich Loft Conversion

This build, located in Charlton in Greenwich, saw the creation of a large and spacious bedroom with an open plan bathroom.

To achieve the brief, we built an L-section dormer; and to ensure the conversion blended into its surroundings, as Wyndcliff Road is in a conservation area, we cladded the exterior in imitation slate tiles.

Greenwich Loft Conversion

The room we created has a light and airy feel, which is helped by the two skylights and Juliet balcony. The open plan bathroom features a luxurious free standing bath, with a vintage style sink and vanity unit.

Probert Road, Brixton

Bold and dramatic, this rear dormer loft conversion features a double bedroom, bathroom and floor to ceiling windows with a Juliet balcony, overlooking the trendy neighbourhood of Brixton.

The owners of this property have chosen dark, dramatic monochrome colours that highlight the black framed Juliet balcony, which floods the room with light, as well as giving a stunning view; a treat to wake up to. Architectural features and lines, such as the chimney breast, add to the drama, giving the room a unique shape.

The monochrome look carries on in the bathroom with white units contrasting against the large soft grey tiles. The plain walk-in shower adds to the minimalist look.

Kirkdale, Forest Hill

This large dormer on a suburban home in Forest Hill has given the owners a large spacious bedroom and en-suite bathroom.

What was once a dark and unused loft has now been transformed into a huge luxurious bedroom that features floor to ceiling windows, lets in plenty of light and still has ample storage space. The bedroom reaches from the front to the back of the house and has two skylights above the bed for more natural light and privacy. The picture window looks over the back of the property, giving a panoramic view of the side of South East London.

Storage was an important aspect of this build. Shelves have been built next to the chimney breast as well as cupboards being installed under the eaves. Across from the bed is a built-in bespoke wardrobe, which leaves wall and floor space free giving the room an airy uncluttered feel. 

The en-suite bathroom boasts of a walk in showers with recesses built into the wall to hold toiletries, the soft grey titling gives the bathroom a minimalist feel.

If you want to create more space in your South London home, contact Simply Loft today for a free site survey.

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How to pay for a loft conversion

Inspiring interiors for a loft bedroom

Converting a loft is still one of the most popular forms of home improvement in London. Currently, the average cost of a loft conversion is about £35,000 to £40,000. Of course, this is a ballpark figure and how much it will cost depends on your house, what exactly you are having done and the types of materials you choose to use.

Adding a loft can add value to your property. According to Nationwide, adding a loft can add up to 22% to the value of your house. While adding a loft conversion may not just be about money, more space and convenience is important too, it will cost money to build. So, how do you finance a loft conversion on your home?

How paying for a Simply Loft conversion works?

Before we get into detail on what you can do to fund a loft conversation, let’s talk about how we do things here at Simply Loft.

We work on a fixed fee basis that is priced against a clear and agreed specification; therefore, we do not charge for hidden extras. You will only have to pay extra if you add a variation later that is additional to what was in the agreed specification. If you do choose to add a variation, we will cost and spec the work and give you a quote – which you are under no obligation to accept.

Once a specification and fixed fee have been agreed, the project is then split up into six staged payments. When each stage is completed satisfactorily, the payment for that stage is required. We would never ask you to pay the whole cost up front.

Re-mortgaging your house for a loft conversion

We have found that many clients opt to remortgage their home to release some funds for these types of improvements. For this you need to have equity in your home of at least the amount that you wish to borrow, plus a deposit. Amongst other things, this will mean that you’ll increase your borrowing and release some of the equity in your home, usually by extending the mortgage term or with increased monthly payments, or sometimes a combination of both. There are many other factors which can have an impact on your ability to remortgage, including your current credit rating and other financial circumstances, so it’s worth seeking expert advice before you go down this route.

Before you try to change your mortgage, be sure to check if there are any fees for early repayment of your balance from your existing provider. It’s also worth noting that remortgaging can sometimes be a more expensive way to borrow, as you are usually borrowing over a longer period of time.


If you have savings that can cover all or part of the cost it might be worth dipping into them as it can be one of the cheapest ways to pay for a loft conversion – as you will not be hit by interest charges as you would if you borrowed money. Guardian and personal finance journalist Donna Ferguson recommends using a rewards or cashback credit card for purchases and then pay off the balance in full out from your savings. You can also use a 0% on purchases credit card. Using a credit card will mean that you get consumer protection on purchases over £100.

Personal Loan

If your credit history is in good standing, another option could be taking out a personal, unsecured loan. While in some circumstances this can be a cheaper way of borrowing than remortgaging, you have to be able to afford the monthly payments on top of your mortgage and other financial commitments. Do be aware that those enticing low APR offers advertised are only really available to those with squeaky clean (A1) credit ratings, as they only have to be given to 51% of successful applicants. Other approved applicants can be offered much higher interest rates, which may mean there could be other, cheaper ways to borrow.

Simply Loft work on a clear fixed fee system so you always know what you are paying. If you want a hassle free loft conversion contact us today for a free site survey.

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2017 London Loft Conversion inspiration

If your New Year’s resolution is to expand your home with a loft conversion, then you have come to the right place. We have picked our top four loft conversions to help inspire you to improve, not move, in 2017.

Rotherhithe, London: Large rear dormer loft conversion and internal refurbishment

This sixth-floor apartment, near the Thames, in Rotherhithe, South East London, underwent a large rear dormer loft conversion and an extensive internal refurbishment. The project included the creation of two bedrooms, a beautiful roof terrace, ensuite bathroom, a second bathroom, new kitchen, hallway, stairs and living room. The owner of this stunning property has utilised clean lines and a simple colour palette to create a modern, calming living space.

Hackney London: Side and rear dormer loft conversion

This family home in Hackney, East London, has been transformed with a side and rear dormer loft conversion. This project saw the creation of one large master bedroom with a spacious ensuite bathroom. For this family, storage was paramount; shelves where built-in above the bed and doors were put up in the eaves to create storage for this busy family. The luxurious ensuite has a folding door, separate shower and bath. To keep the room light and airy, a skylight was installed into the nook.

Battersea, London: Rear and L-shaped mansard loft conversion

With a growing family to consider, our client located in Battersea, South West London, decided on a rear and L-shaped mansard loft conversion in their mid-terraced Victorian house. The loft conversion maximised the family’s living space and comprised of a new bedroom, bathroom and playroom for the children. Two skylights were installed in the playroom; flooding the space with light, whilst also keeping the family’s privacy. We also added two doors into the eaves for storage. The spacious bathroom features a bath shower combo.

Mortlake, London: Window Dormer Loft Conversion

Mortlake is a conservation area near Richmond, in South West London. The owners of this terraced house opted to have a two-window dormer loft conversion. This created a bedroom, ensuite shower room, dressing room and nook under the roofline, for the bed. The room spans the length of the house and has a window at one end and a skylight at the other. The owners of this home have maximised the space in the bedroom by using light calming colours and added a touch of elegance with period furniture.

If you are thinking of expanding your home in 2017, contact us today for a free site survey.

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Roof Terraces – London Loft Conversions

Private outside space in London is a rare and popular commodity. Many of the luxury developments popping up around the city are opting to build roof terraces that offer buyers great views as well as sought after privacy. However, you don’t need to be a millionaire to be able to have your own roof terrace; it could be possible, if your property allows it, to create your own as part of a loft conversion.

A roof terrace offers an all year round living space that can include an outside eating area, a garden and even a place to put a hot tub. Some of London’s more luxurious roof terraces even have a swimming pool or real life flamingos like The Kensington Roof Gardens, which also include a number of water features. So, when it comes to a roof terrace, the sky is the limit! Sorry for the pun.

While your budget may not stretch to swimming pools and flamingos, it might be possible to have your very own slice of roof terrace heaven in your London home. We have picked out two case studies to show you what can be achieved with a bit of clever design.

Biddulph Mansions, Maida Vale


london roof terraces

This loft conversion in west London proves you don’t need a house to have a loft conversion and a roof terrace. The brief for this apartment in a seven storey mansion block was to create two loft conversions, with a roof terrace connecting the two.

london roof terraces

Twin apex skylight doors with custom made steps gives the owners access to a beautiful decked roof terrace that offers views over the local area. This 12-week build also gave the property two additional bedrooms, a bathroom and a small study area.

Princes Riverside Road


london roof terraces

Located in Rotherhithe in Southwark, this loft conversion completely transformed a 6th storey apartment. The 14-week project also created two bedrooms, an ensuite bathroom and a second bathroom, as well as the roof terrace.

london roof terraces

Created in an outside space just off the bedroom, this roof terrace provides a private area for the owners to relax. The use of bi-folding doors brings the outside in and lets light flood the room. The reinforced glass light well embedded in the floor of the terrace also lets light penetrate into the kitchen below. The hallway, staircase, living room and kitchen were also extensively refurbished during this build.

london roof terraces

At Simply Loft, we offer a free initial site survey that can help us determine whether a roof terrace is possible. If the planned changes are possible from a structural point of view, you may have to apply for planning permission, especially if the roof terrace will overlook a neighbour’s property. If it does not overlook anyone’s house or garden then you may not need planning permission to carry out the works. Every borough has its own specific rules and we are equipped to help you through the entire planning process. If you would like a London Loft Conversion with a roof terrace then contact us today.

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Small Bathroom Inspiration for Loft Conversions

small bathroom inspiration for loft conversions

Adding an en-suite or an extra bathroom can, according to Movewithus, add up to 6 per cent to your property’s value. Bathrooms have become a desirable commodity and are becoming places of sanctuary and wellbeing; not just places to wash. Jiin Kim-Inoue, from Finchatton, a luxury interior design company based in London, told the Telegraph, “The bathroom is one of the most considered rooms. It equals the kitchen in its aspirations and is now a wellness sanctuary in which to de-stress and relax.”

Bathrooms are also reportedly getting bigger in size; however, you don’t need a vast five-star spa for your bathroom to be a ‘wellness sanctuary.’ We have some top tips on how to make the most of a small, cosy bathroom.

bathroom underfloor heating

Bathroom underfloor heating

Underfloor heating is one of the most efficient and effective forms of heating and it can help you maximise space in a small bathroom, as you don’t need to lose any wall space for radiators. It also feels lovely on your feet on those cold winter days.

Making the most of the awkward spaces

Lofts spaces are not always conventional, but you can make the most of those architecturally interesting areas if you choose to install a bathroom in a conversion. Nooks can be used to house a shower or install an inset bath. If the nook in the bathroom is too small for a shower or bath, it can often be used as storage space or for the loo.

bath shower combo

Bath shower combo

One way of saving space is with a bath shower combo. While a shower can usually be fitted above most baths, there are also baths that are specially designed to give ample space while showering. These are usually called P or L-shaped baths. P-shaped baths are rounded at the shower end with a curved shower screen. L-shaped baths work in a similar way but the shower end of the tub is square in shape, rather than curved.

Shower room

If you are not bothered about having a bath or have one in another part of the house, you can opt for the shower-only option. This may mean you can choose a larger walk in shower and, with the money you would have spent on the bath, you could maybe even go for a luxurious shower with multiple jets!

shower room

Wet rooms

According to a wet room is essentially a shower room that does away with the shower screen and tray and has an open, fully tiled shower area. When creating a wet room in a loft conversion you need to think about water drainage and waterproofing. This kind of bathroom is ideal for small en-suites or cosy loft bathroom as you don’t have to worry too much about fitting around awkward spaces.

wet rooms

For more bathroom ideas click here.

Loft conversions are a great way to get more space out of your home. If you live in London and are thinking of undertaking a loft conversion, contact Simply Loft for a free site survey.


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How to have an eco-friendly loft?

eco friendly loft

From lowering our plastic consumption to becoming more energy efficient, it is becoming ever more important to have a light environmental impact. So if you’re thinking of embarking on a loft conversion and want to be mindful of its impact on the planet, read our guide on how to have an environmentally friendly loft.

What are the benefits of an eco-friendly Loft?

There are a number of benefits for having an eco-friendly loft, which goes beyond helping the environment. It can:

  • Help reduce your household energy bills
  • In some cases Improve your health
  • Reduce waste
  • Improve comfort within the home

Recycled and environmentally friendly materials

When undertaking a loft conversion, the use of sustainable or low environment impact products will not only make your loft eco-friendly but could also help your bank balance too.

Using timber for walls where possible is more environmentally sustainable than brick or concrete. Not only is wood a breathable material, which will help maintain comfortable air quality, it also acts as excellent insulation. Brick and concrete construction can lead to a loft conversion becoming humid and uncomfortable; also, these materials can be more expensive than wood. When choosing what type of timber you use, make sure it’s certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). This is an international certification, so whether you are sourcing your wood from the UK, Canada or Scandinavia, you can rest assured that if you see the FSC logo it has come from a sustainable source.

When it comes to the roof, the best option is to re-use the tiles you already have. If this is not possible, then consider using eco-friendly materials such as recycled shingles that are made out of rubber and wood fibre.

Humans have been using insulation made of organic substances since we first started to build permanent dwellings. Organic insulation is effective and can be made out a mix of numerous materials such as sheep’s wool, recycled newspaper, hemp or cork; straw bales can also be used. Most of this material has the added advantage of being non-toxic, a non-irritant and it can also be fire and rodent resistant.

Will having an eco-friendly loft bring my energy bills down?

If you use the right materials, you can usually reduce your energy bills. The cost of consuming energy is only going to go up, so anything that reduces your energy usage, now and into the future, is a worthwhile investment. The best way to reduce wasteful energy is by using highly effective insulation, triple glazing and intelligent ventilation. This helps to keep heat in while keeping air circulating.  Another simple way to keep your energy costs low is with energy-efficient lighting such as low-energy LED bulbs.

Being environmentally friendly does not have to end once the build is finished. When it comes to decorating, you can opt to use non-toxic or eco paints made with natural materials. If you are papering your walls then you can choose between wallpaper that is recycled, FSC approved or made out of natural materials such as vegetable fibre. If you wish to keep your furniture eco-friendly, you can opt for second-hand or up-cycled products.

Solar powered Velux windows

If you are installing Velux windows as part of your loft conversion, you can opt for passive house options that are controlled by solar power. Velux became the first to manufacture roof windows that are certified for Passive House building in cold climates. These windows consist of triple outer glazing and an additional inner double-glazing. They also feature solar powered shutters, which can be controlled by a touch-screen control pad.

If you want to expand your living space and undertake a loft conversion in London, contact Simply Loft for a free site survey.

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Keeping your loft conversion cool

cool loft conversions

During spells of warm weather, loft conversions can get hot and stuffy, and this summer has seen the mercury rise into the early 30s, especially in the South East. If you are thinking of getting a loft conversion in London, then you’ll need to bear in mind how to keep it cool through the summer months.

Ventilate your London Loft Conversion

It may seem obvious, but having windows helps to keep a room cool and well ventilated. Velux Windows or skylights are the most common and effective ways to let heat escape. It is also possible to have Smart Velux Windows, which will open and close automatically if the temperature gets too hot or if it begins to rain. Another way to pull in cool air is to have a vent on the facing wall.

Insulate your London Loft Conversion

While you may think insulation is all about keeping a building warm, it can also help to keep it cool as it deflects heat away and prevents heat build-up, especially if radiant barriers are used.   All of our Simply Loft conversions are insulated to building regulation standards.

Shield from direct sunlight

Ever wondered why hot countries have window shutters? They are there to help to keep the room cool. Blocking direct sunlight with blinds, shutters or curtains stops a room heating up too much. If you have skylights, you can buy specially made blinds or awnings that will block out heat but still let in light.

Roof tiles for a London loft conversion

Using light coloured roof tiles such as terracotta, instead of browns or greys can help to keep buildings cool, which is why you see them in hot countries such as Spain.  However, this may not be an option for many houses in the capital, due to planning restrictions.  Also many parts of London are in conservation areas meaning you may only be able to use one type of material.

Air conditioning

One option for keeping your attic conversion cool is air conditioning. This is not the cheapest option and needs specialist insulation, but if you want to keep your carbon footprint down, you can install solar powered air conditioning units.

Want more space in your home? We at Simply Loft can help. As a London based loft conversion company, who have project managed and successfully completed hundreds of attic conversions in and around Greater London, we are expertly placed to bring your London loft conversion dreams to life. Contact us today for a free site survey.

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