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Loft Conversion Ideas

Loft conversions are one of the most popular types of home improvement projects in the UK. In fact, it’s a popular option when you need more space, without having to move. The cost of a new home keeps increasing, making it expensive to buy and new home and move.

If you’re considering a loft, do you have ideas on what you’d like to do with the converted space? If not, that’s OK. It can be difficult coming up with ideas, so we’ve put together a few loft conversion ideas and things to consider with each type of conversion. We hope you find something here that inspires your own loft conversion project!

Working with the Space

One of the first things to consider is the shape of your loft. Does it have some odd angles, sloping ceilings, etc.? These can create some charming spaces when included in the conversion design. However, they can also present problems, unless you have a good design to work with. A great design needs to consider the intended use of the space and then incorporate the features of the loft.

It’s a good idea to hire a specialist builder who has experience with loft conversions. And an architect to review the drawings of your conversion plan is also a good idea. Adding in a builder and an architect do add to the cost of the loft conversion but consider this money well spent. They’ll keep you from making some of the most common mistakes that can occur with a loft conversion project.

In the end, with a great design that incorporates the quirky angles of the loft, you’ll have a wonderful, usable new space. Not only that, but your home’s value will also go up if the conversion is done right.

Living Room Loft & Natural Light

What could be more natural than creating a living room in the loft? Many people choose to convert their loft into a living room. It’s a great space to use for entertaining family and friends, adding a private space for older kids, or evening making it into TV and entertainment room. The loft could be the perfect place to chill after long hours at work, or perhaps just to read.

You’ll need to remember that the loft can be a great living space; however, there’s a lot of natural light up there. You can take in the views from up there, but also consider the warmth of the sun during the summer when the light is bright for long hours during the day.

It may be necessary to have light-blocking blinds on the windows, in order to keep the new living area cooler in the summer and minimize light when watching TV. In addition, you may want to think about adding sliding or French doors that open out onto a small balcony (if space allows). This is a great way to improve airflow, bring in fresh air, and even make the space feel a little larger. These additions, however, will depend on the type of conversion and the type of roofline you have.

A Hobby Room in the Loft

Have you thought about using the loft as a hobby room? The loft can be converted into a place where you can enjoy your favorite hobby. Do you create crafts or sew? Or do you enjoy playing the guitar or another musical instrument? The loft conversion would make a wonderful music room.

If you plan on activities that can be noisy for the loft space, then you should consider adding soundproofing to the conversion plans. This is especially necessary if your new space will share a wall with a neighbor’s home, or to allow everyone in your own home to enjoy some quiet while you’re playing.

To soundproof the new space, you can consider adding:

  • Thermal insulation in the ceilings, walls, and floors—this provides some noise insulation.
  • High-density acoustic plasterboard also helps to soundproof
  • Carpet is also great
  • Foam tiles added to the walls and ceilings, can also be great soundproofing

Create a Master Bedroom in the Loft

If you need space to get away from the world, then converting the loft into a master bedroom could be a great choice for you. In fact, this is a very popular option when it comes to loft conversions.

When creating a bedroom space, keep in mind that you’ll want to add window coverings to enhance your privacy. And the natural light coming in will also be quite intense, so adding light-blocking blinds may be a good choice. They’ll block the light and keep out the heat of summer, too.

And remember you’ll want to add clothes and bedding storage to your new bedroom. The space under the eaves may be too low for freestanding cabinets or shelving. However, you might consider having bespoke furnishings created for your new room.

The Loft May Be the Perfect Kid Space

Do your kids need more space for their toys? Do you regularly have to walk over a floor that’s covered in plastic connector blocks? We feel for you! If you’re often having to step around those blocks, then maybe it’s time to consider converting the loft into a kids’ room.

Think of it—a space where your kids can play, store their toys, enjoy their hobbies, etc. Your house will be clutter-free, and you’ll no longer suffer from stepping on sharp, plastic connector blocks!

Here, again, just as with the bedroom conversion, you may want to consider bespoke storage options. The space under the eaves will make it difficult to use store-bought storage units. With cabinets, shelves, etc. built specially to conform to the angles of the room, you’ll create a lovely play area for the kids.

Don’t Forget to Add a Bathroom

With a loft conversion, it’s always a good idea to add a bathroom to the new space. If you’re adding a bathroom to a kids’ playroom or a hobby room, you can probably get away with including only a toilet and a sink. For a bedroom, you’ll want to add a full bathroom, with at least a shower, if not a tub.

A converted loft is a great way to add more space and value to your home. The loft area can be used in almost any way you’d like, just remember to work with the walls and ceilings. A great design will ensure you have a beautiful room when it’s all completed.

Full Steam Ahead For Model Rail Layouts

Model railway Loft conversions for enthusiasts

This year Ecoloft have transformed many lofts into model rail layout rooms. As always ecoloft rooms are accessed by a fold away staircase which our customers prefer due to their very cheap installation Leaf cost and the fact that a fold away ladder makes shutting out everything else so much easier.

Ecoloft can provide a solution for your beautiful model railway layout. We can create layouts in your loft to plans or leave you a blank canvas to go crazy. Leaving you with the space to enjoy in the safety and peace of your own home.

We have been lucky enough to work for some high profile clients making these dream rooms into a reality creating fantastic tables with custom lighting and power for the model towns. With storage for tools and railway modelling materials underneath leaving you with the layout of a lifetime!

Our railway modelling clients are understandably very particular so we carefully plan the project to keep the clients specifications throughout.

Planning your model railway loft conversion

Model railway loft conversions can be very cost effective. Some clients can have there model railways created from just £750 in our standard loft conversion package.

 

Top 10 Loft Conversion Ideas

Embarking on a mission as big as converting your loft space can be an epic task. We face people on a regular basis who either need more space, want to improve their home, or just want a hobby room area just for themselves. A common problem we find is that our customers know why they need a loft conversion but don’t know which route to take to make sure their loft conversion ideas become reality.

That’s why we have outlined our top 10 loft conversion ideas for you to take a look at. Although some are extravagant, others can be created from as little as £750 from our basic loft conversion package. Other loft conversions can be completed with our deluxe loft conversion package which starts from £4500 although equipment will not be provided. so read on and be inspired.

#1. Office loft conversion


First up on our list is the office loft conversion. This is one of the most popular choices because it crosses the border from being just an extra loft storage area, to productive and worthwhile investment. If your office is used for business purposes you can also take a percentage from your monthly bills such as gas and electricity and count it towards your business’s expenses, yet again another reason to convert your loft area to for this home office idea.

Take a look at our indepth home office page to see how taking your work home with you really can be beneficial.

#2. Storage room


This may surprise you to be on the list but our basic loft conversion is also a very popular package. Because our hoarding really has mounted up other the years, customers are turning to their lofts to either clear out there junk “out of sight, out of mind” and some to simply add to the hoard. Either way our basic loft conversion package is popular because it is cheap and effective. We have found on numerous forums online when asked “how much does a loft conversion cost“, the usual reply is in excess of £10,000! the shock comes when we tell them it can be done from as little as £750. Take a look at this package here.

#3. Home cinema room


A home cinema sounds like any movie buffs fantasy. There’s something very different between watching a film in your living room and watching a film in your newly converted loft cinema room. Something almost ‘den like’ which must go back to our childhood. We have seen the loft cinema room done a number of ways from authentic vintage cinema seating, retro armchairs to ginormous beanbags for seating in comfort and style. I particularly would opt for the bean bags – simply because the harder it is for me to get up, the longer i’ll be there.

#4. Gym room


If health and fitness is your main concern and lets Design face it, why shouldn’t it be? Then a simple home gym studio could be a great choice. If you currently find that you pay for an expensive gym membership at the moment you could find that a loft conversion in your own could be a fairly cost-effective alternative. See our price guide to show you why you could be just as financially secure with a loft conversion as opposed to without.

#5. Games room


Is your inner child getting excited about the thought of your very own games room, arcade even? We have games room loft conversions from many people which include complex Scalextric tracks throughout their loft on multiple tiers. A games room can include anything from your childhood arcade games such as Pac-man or full-size pool tables.

#6. Children’s play area


A self contained area for the kids to play in could be just what you need. This usual process which occurs when your new arrival is due would be to either move house to accommodate or extend your existing home. Home extensions are expensive – Very expensive. Especially when compared to using the space you have most likely been ignoring for years.

#7. Prayer room or Chapel


We have been tasked to complete prayer room loft conversions for a number of customers. These rooms are very basic and can sometimes be completed with our basic loft conversion packages starting from just £750.

#8. Reading area

Create your own area of solitude. We can create bespoke storage solutions for bookcases and shelving to make your perfect relaxation area. Curl up on your sofa and become fully engaged in your favourite book in complete peace.

#9. Walk in wardrobe


Ever fancied your own walk-in wardrobe? ever wanted your own vanity area to get ready for a special event or night? Imagine showing your friends your very own wardrobe loft conversion. I’m sure you would have every woman’s envy with this loft conversion.

#10. Loft music studio


You could create your very own loft music studio. If you have your sights on becoming a star or just want to express yourself through your passion for music, having your own studio could make all the difference in your music career.

Whatever your loft conversion idea may be, from lighting and decoration to storage and workspaces, EcoLoft aims to build your dream loft conversion for a fraction of the price of other alternatives.

Awesome Man Cave Ideas For Your Loft

When it comes to man caves, nothing quite compares to a loft man cave. Why? We really don’t know!! Perhaps it’s the seclusion your loft has from the rest of the home, maybe it’s the sloping ceiling that can give a more den-like feel? Or maybe we all just want to be a bit more like batman and live in a cave – in our roof.

Whatever your reasons are for considering creating your own man cave, here are a couple of ideas that should hopefully make your “ludicrous” man cave idea a little more justifiable when persuading your other half.

Take a look at our Man cave ideas:

Go to the cinema, in your loft!


First off on our list is the beloved loft cinema room. For all of us movie lovers, the first thing we think about when converting that old loft is to put a ridiculously large Television in there. Now squeeze in your large sofa/cinema chairs, surround sound speakers, mini-fridge, maybe a popcorn machine, and you’re at the movies!!

Pac-man, Pool, foosball?


When thinking of man cave ideas, no man cave can be quite complete without your very own games room. Choose to put in what you like, from a pool table to a full-size snooker table. Games machines to ping pong. Let your inner child go crazy.

How about a home bar?

Don’t ask why this isn’t number 1. Gone are the days of overpriced alcohol and taxi fares. Your very own bar, where nobody can kick you out! like I need to sell that to you. Who wouldn’t love to be like Tom Cruise in Cocktail? This really is a fantastic idea and an excuse to invite friends over to test some of your concoctions.

Loft music studio


Rock out in your own music studio. Whether you want to be the next big thing or just have a passion for music it makes sense to make this your top idea for a man cave. Who needs a desk – Buy yourself the largest bean bag imaginable, relax and enjoy. Bliss precio de la viagra en farmacias.

Loft jacuzzi or hot tub

Ever come home from work and never seem to really shut off and unwind? Even the most masculine of men know that feeling right? Finding your own work/life balance can be hard. So most (myself included) would put on a hot bath to chill out. If you have kids or other commitments this just doesn’t cut the mustard. Your very own Hot tub/jacuzzi in your loft could be your answer. Come home from work to completely unwind – nobody can reach you, nobody can touch you or bug you, shut your loft hatch, throw away the key!!

Ever wanted a miniature town train set?


Some people have converted their loft to devote the entire space to a Scalextric track or train towns! How cool is that! Other than Scalextric there are numerous other hobby room ideas for you to enjoy. All the rage for our 70-80 kids.

We have converted hundreds of lofts and many of the themes above. You’ll be surprised to hear that our loft conversion packages start from just £4500. See our deluxe loft conversion for further details on this package.

Create Your Own Loft Cinema Room

Convert your loft into a loft cinema room

We have in the past noticed the demand and desire for a cinema room but most of these dreams are put off due to not having enough space. So the best alternative we believe is to convert your loft area. Most lofts can be converted nowadays, even the new trussed lofts can be converted with the correct procedures in place.

So how much will a loft cinema room cost me?

Well, we provide a blank canvas – that meaning we convert your loft and supply electricity, ladder access, flooring, insulation, and storage from as little as £4500! Any requirements such as electricity behind walls for tv mounting will be adhered to. We have talented joiners here at Ecoloft and can help with any specific requirements you may have. Projectors and large Televisions are so affordable nowadays so this may only add around £1000 to your total budget.

Contact us first for your loft cinema room quotations

We have been one of the most competitive loft conversion companies for years now and wouldn’t want you to lose money from not requesting a free quotation from us. So call 0845 017 6057 for a quote today or receive our FREE online calculation below.

Loft Storage Ideas

Loft Storage Ideas to inspire your loft conversion

If you are on the lookout for loft storage ideas our brief article may provide enough inspiration for you to take away. When it comes to converting your loft area for storage space it is important to use a plan for each space to be used practically to maximise every storage opportunity.

Ecoloft has been creating amazing spaces for homeowners for years. We have created built-in cupboards, full loft boarding, walk-in wardrobes, built-in shelves, and much more to maximise the space you have. Our loft storage prices start from as little as £499.

Storage space created for Mr. and Mrs Pritchard in Pudsey


They wanted space that wouldn’t impact the look and feel of their loft storage room alongside somewhere to store clutter. We found that adding unique built-in shelving units to the end of a narrow loft area would optimise space and actually add to the aesthetics of the room. We and Mr. and Mrs. Pritchard are very happy with the results.

Cupboards created in eaves of loft conversion


Usually, this space would again be ignored but these cupboards which are built into the eaves of this loft storage room have maximized the storage space whilst adding to the room. We can utilise every inch of the space in your loft, if you have creative ideas, we have the skills to achieve your dream loft conversion.

Built-in shelves for a minimalist loft conversion


Here we created built-in shelves in an otherwise unusable space. The homeowner and Ecoloft sat down and discussed their loft storage ideas and worked with them to create a simple storage solution that wouldn’t hide possessions whilst still creating a clutter-free room.

One of our very first loft storage rooms created in Manchester


Although the above image is one of our popular lined packages, We regularly create loft storage rooms that are created around your own loft storage ideas. By using our service you can significantly increase the storage space in your home for a fraction of the price when compared with loft extensions and home extensions.

Whatever your loft storage ideas may be – We can help you decide which of our packages best suits your needs. Our team is highly skilled. You will be provided with honest advice as to the packages which best suit your needs. Let’s not forget our loft conversion cost calculator too to get a free quotation online in seconds!

Model Railway Loft Conversion

It may surprise you that model railway loft conversions are our most popular hobby room conversion. We have converted over 40 loft spaces which are now being used as a home for their model railway track.

How much will a loft conversion cost for my new model railway?

Well, the great thing about converting your loft into a model rail town is that any of our packages would actually still be suitable. We would advise that a correctly fitted electricity and lighting supply be installed with your package. Both of which can be included in our quotation calculator below. So you could have your model railway loft conversion from as little as £999 by purchasing our standard loft conversion package.

take a look at our model railway loft conversion examples

We can create a blank canvas for the installation of your model rail set or can help you with the integration. If you would need help with integration this will not be covered in our quotation form but a free quotation in person can be quickly arranged.

Contact Ecoloft below to speak with our experienced team about your dream model railway loft conversion. Use our online loft conversion cost calculator HERE!

Your Guide To Maximise Space In Your Home

Are you thinking about creating more space in your home but not quite sure where to start? Read through our guide to help you make the right choice when maximising space in your home.

Option 1: Convert your loft space for storage

Okay so maybe we are a little biased towards this option but it’s only because we know it’s possibly THE most underutilised space in your home. By utilising space that would usually go ignored makes perfect sense to us. The majority of homeowners will still use their loft space to store out-of-use items but know full well that they will not be retrieving those items for a long time e.g Christmas accessories and nostalgic items.

Tired of balancing on your banister to store items in your loft?

Everybody does it, but let’s be honest – It’s just not safe! Stop balancing on your banister and stop using the very tip of your step ladders to store items in your loft. These 2 things are major risk factors and common causes of injuries. Your banister isn’t built to be climbed on and your ladder’s HANDRAILS aren’t built to take the load of a human being. We use proper Fakro loft ladders for access to your loft.

Option 2: Convert your Garage into a useable storage space.

Another option which is increasing in popularity would be to convert your garage. Most modern garages cannot actually store a car and usually end up just storing junk in an unusable mound of bikes, pushchairs, and lawnmowers. But by converting your garage into a useful storage space you could maximise its potential for very little expense.

Option 3:
Your third option would be to consider going down the extension route. Although this can be very expensive, It just really depends on your requirements. If you purely need storage space, you will need to ask yourself if spending tens of thousands of pounds is really necessary. Although there are other benefits to having an extension such as maximising the space in your home which could lead to increasing the value of your home.

Our verdict:

We still believe a loft conversion for storage is the best option to increase storage space in your home whilst maximising property value and resourcefulness. Most loft storage areas are completely unused as opposed to a garage which would either already be used for storage or your car. An extension would still require space from your garden. Some feel reducing your garden space is counterproductive. This leaves little reason not to convert your loft because converting your loft could be a very cost-effective conversion. Loft storage conversions can start from just £499! We haven’t even touched on the energy efficiency of a loft storage conversion!

Okay, so what options do we have?

Well, Ecolofts have a whole host of packages to suit the most challenging of requirements. We also have an online cost calculator which will provide an instant quote online. You will need to have a rough idea of the storage area of your loft before the calculator can provide an accurate quotation but once you have that you can choose which accessories and options you would like for your new loft storage space.
Ecolofts provide different packages for different budgets and requirements. For basic loft conversions which require more storage space, we could confidently suggest the standard loft storage package which starts from £750. This pack includes:

  • Fakro fold-down staircase worth £375
  • Hardwired single pendant bulb and switch
  • Cross braced flooring network for load-bearing floor and create a cavity for insulation below
  • Up to 15 sq. metres 18mm of tongue and groove  domestic grade flooring (not loft boards)
  • Eave vents if required

Another great package for loft storage is the lined loft conversion which starts at £1500. This includes:

  • Fakro deluxe fold-down staircase
  • Hardwired double pendant & switch
  • Cross braced flooring network
  • Up to 20 sq. metres 18mm flooring
  • Visqueen loft lining keeping dust from roof tiles to maintain a bright & clean room.
  • Also includes beam vacuuming
  • Eave Vents
  • 1 x double gang socket

Loft storage ideas within your loft

There are numerous ways to utilise your new loft storage space. We can create floating shelving, walk-in wardrobes, and built-in shelves within the eaves. For a full list of other loft storage ideas read our other blog post.

Frequently asked questions:

Will the loft area become damp?

Proper loft storage insulation can be used to ensure your loft space temperature is regulated. Keeping heat in and cold out so you can store items minimising damp. We use Thermobar 344© loft lining – An insulating foil to line and partition your storage area. This unique double-sided foil deflects moisture while the white lining on the facing side reflects the available light for maximum visibility.

What about dust and dirt in our loft?

We commonly use membrane lining in properties as a dust barrier, preventing rubble and debris from falling for the rear of old back pointed roof tiles. EcoMembrane® is a blown film of extruded low-density polyethylene. It is manufactured from 100% post-use waste, is white in color, and available in various thicknesses. It has been independently accredited by BRE Certification Ltd (Certificate Number 112/04).

How long will a loft conversion for storage take to complete?

Depending on the conversion you choose, some conversions can be completed within the day. Our deluxe loft conversions can take a minimum of 5 days to a couple of weeks depending on the work involved.

Do I need planning permission?

Any planning permission will be obtained by Ecolofts. Most loft storage areas will not require planning permission, however.

Can all loft spaces be converted?

Certain loft areas have characteristics that simply cannot be improved with a loft conversion such as head height.

Can our loft storage room be used as a bedroom?

No. Our loft storage rooms are not designed to be used as a bedroom and we strongly discourage anybody from doing so due to health and safety risks.

Can you convert a truss loft for storage?

Yes. We can convert Truss loft areas for storage but this requires extra work such as obtaining an inspection with a structural engineer. Trussed lofts are a fairly modern roof design that utilise a frame made up of triangles to support the roof. Steel beams are inserted to take the load once the truss frame support has been removed.

Contact us if you have any further questions or call 0845 017 6057

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