London is a unique city, there is nowhere else in the world that is as diverse in people, landscape and history as the British capital – and it’s this philosophy that drives Simply Loft. Every loft we work on is bespoke and is its own unique project. Whether it’s a terrace in Deptford, a townhouse in Clapham or a 1930s semi in Muswell Hill; we work with you to get the best out of your property. If you are thinking about undertaking an attic conversion in London then read our top tips.
Stairs for Attic Conversions
Stairs can be a forgotten part of the attic conversion process. Despite this, they are however one of the most important parts of the build. It can be difficult to decide where stairs are going to go and this is where a designer comes in handy. We have our own team of surveyors and designers who will work with you to make the most out of the space you have. When choosing where to put the staircase and what design to have, there are some building and fire regulations you have to consider, which our experts can help you with such as minimum height requirements. If space is tight you can opt for space saving stairs such as spiral staircases or alternate tread stairs. When your staircase is installed by Simply Loft, we will match the new staircase bannister to the existing on the first and ground floors. Our Simply Loft surveyors will be able to give a good indication of feasibility of loft stair cases when you book your site survey.
Having a roof terrace in London can be magical. A little elevation gives you a different perspective and hopefully a great view, as well as some outside space, which can be hard to find in the city. Depending on the style of conversion and property, it may be possible to put in an apex skylight door that leads onto a decked roof terrace. This project in Maida Vale was a large and complex attic conversion that connected to another conversion within the same house.
No matter what you use your attic conversion for no one wants a dark and airless room. Skylights and Velux windows offer plenty of natural light as well as ventilation. Modern and stylish, you can opt for different styles, as well as smart windows, which will close automatically if it rains. When you want to block out the light, you can select from a number of blinds and shutters, such as blackout blinds and daylight defusers.
Cladding for attic conversions
From the traditional to the modern, there are many options for cladding your attic conversion. However, if you live in a heritage area you may be limited in what materials you can use. There is a trend now in architecture to make a new part of a building stand out instead of blend in. This, of course, is not followed by all architects – some think it is more ‘authentic’ not to make a conversion blend in, so there is a distinct line between the original building and the new extension.
If you are able to choose the material that you want here are a few options:
- Slate style tiles are popular for those that have slate roofs
- Rendering – this is only an option if the dormer is made of block walls rather than timber frames.
- Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP) – a hard wearing material which should last 20 years.
- Timber – there are number of options including cedar.
- Metal cladding – there are an array styles to choose from but zinc or copper are the most popular.
For more information please take a look at our blog on cladding your loft conversion.
Crazy ideas for an attic conversion
If you want to expand into your loft but don’t want to use it as a bedroom, bathroom or home office here are some creative ways you can use your loft space:
- Yoga room – Every yogi needs somewhere to do their downward dog in peace.
- Recording studio – every musician’s dream.
- Artist studio – make a space to be creative in.
- Writing room – all great writers had a preferred place to write why not make your own?
- Games room – use your attic for playing Call of Duty or shooting pool or both.
For more inspiring ideas read our blog.
If you would like to undertake an attic conversion, please contact us for a free site survey.