What’s the difference between loft storage and a loft conversion?

Creating more storage space in the home is one of life’s main goals. We’re all hoarders at heart and the thought of getting rid of our possessions is difficult.

Many people think that to create this extra space they need to do a loft conversion as opposed to just boarding the loft. In this article we look at the difference between the two.

Loft Conversions vs Loft Boarding

When people talk about a loft conversion it usually means transforming the entire space and turning it into a habitable space.

That means it will need to have planning permission and is usually dependent on building regulations. It will need to have a proper staircase as well as the necessary ventilation and fire escape.

Loft boarding on the other hand is simply creating additional storage space. Many lofts don’t have the required space to be able to store things safely and avoid them getting damaged by mould and damp.

Loft boarding can also help reduce your energy bills as proper insulation is fitted underneath the boards.

Benefits of loft storage

If you don’t have a budget to cover the cost of a full loft conversion, then boarding your loft is the next best thing as you don’t need to have planning permission to do it. As the loft is underutilised it makes the perfect place to store your possessions.

Evenly distributed weight

When we undertake a loft storage conversion here at Ecoloft we ensure that weight is distributed evenly between the joists. This means that the floor can take the weight of heavier items.

It will be energy efficient

Most of the warm air that is generated in your home escapes through the roof if its not properly insulated.

At Ecoloft we have several packages such as the Therma Loft that is specifically designed to stop heat escaping and keep the cold air out. This means that no condensation is trapped, and the risk of mould and damp is reduced.

It will add value to your home

Any renovations that you do to your home will increase the value should you come to sell it in the future.

Homebuyers will always look at the amount of storage a property has and can often be the deciding factor as to whether they purchase it.

Which package is best for you?

Ultimately it will depend on your budget and what you want to get from your loft storage. We have several packages which you can find here.

If you would like any further information about them why not schedule a virtual call with one of the team today.

Five reasons to install Velux windows in your loft

Velux windows are common throughout the industry as one of the best ways to bring natural light into your home and when it comes to loft storage, they can be a very beneficial addition. In this article, we look at five reasons you should install Velux windows when converting your loft for storage.

Natural Lighting

Fitting Velux windows into the roof of your home will work wonders for loft spaces that have poor lighting. This means that you won’t use unnecessary electricity as your energy bills will reduce over time. Velux windows are proven to let in large amounts of natural light even when the weather outside is dark and overcast.

Energy Efficient

Not only do Velux windows let in natural light but they can also keep your loft space well-ventilated. This means that will be warm in the colder months and cooler during winter. It will also stop condensation which can lead to a build-up of mould and damp. Like your electricity bills, Velux windows are a great way of keeping your heating bills down.

Proper Ventilation

Letting fresh air into the home is important and with Velux windows installed in your loft they are easy to open. During the warmer weather, your loft space can become very warm so its important to let the air circulate.

Aesthetically Pleasing

One thing is for sure, Velux windows are an attractive design and look great. With so many styles, colours, and trims to choose from they are another addition to the value of your property. It will certainly turn heads in the street and make you the envy of the neighbours.

Spacious Look

Without windows your loft space can look smaller than it is. With Velux windows, it can make the space appear much larger than it is. When installed in the roof they provide an unobscured view of the outside.

Install your own Velux windows

If you would like to know more about how Velux windows can enhance your loft space, you can get in touch with one of the Ecoloft team here. Alternatively, you can call us directly on XX or better yet why not book a call.

What is a Therma Loft Storage Conversion?

Loft storage can play an important part in today’s environmentally fragile world. Whether you devote time to recycling or find ways around the home such as with energy-saving light bulbs – reducing your carbon footprint is crucial.

One way you can be environmentally friendly is with a Therma Loft conversion – in this article, we explain exactly what it is and why it is beneficial to your home.

Fully Ventilated

With the number of items we accumulate over time, it is easy to see why storage space in the home is at a premium. But if you’re tired of stuffing items into the back of cupboards then creating a secure and energy-efficient storage space in the loft is the best solution.

While storing your possessions in the loft has many benefits if the loft isn’t properly ventilated then you run the risk of valuable items getting ruined by damp and mould.

Loft Storage

Offering total protection all year round our Therma Loft conversion gives your items and possessions the best protection from the elements possible. Our highly skilled team will insulate the rear of your roof titles with an insulation board that will create a warm loft space.

The Therma Loft conversion also features a kicker beam around the edge of the floor so that you can fully maximise the space by allowing you to push your possessions right up to the edge.

Foil Tape

If not properly protected items in your loft can become damaged by the heat of the sun – however with foil tape installed the space is kept at room temperature as all the joints have foil tape fitted. What you’re left with is a stylish, clean, and fully insulated loft that maximises every square inch of space.

Make your loft space energy efficient

Here at Ecoloft our team wants to ensure that your new loft storage conversion is built to last and will provide you with an environmentally and energy-efficient storage space.

If you would like to know more then why not book a 15-minute call or 30-minute virtual survey. Here we can go through the project with you in more detail, and you can ask our team any questions you like.

Why not call us on 0333 323 2284 or email info@eco-lofts.co.uk – we look forward to helping you create an energy-efficient storage space!

What is a non-habitable loft conversion?

We could all do with a bit of extra storage space in the home. One area that is ideal is in the loft, this prime piece of real estate is perfect for a non-habitable loft conversion and in this article, we look at what is included and what is needed.

Loft conversions

It’s easy to confuse a loft conversion with loft storage but there is one major difference aside from the price. A loft conversion will need planning permission and building regulations whereas a non-habitable loft conversion doesn’t.

Loft conversions require certain specifications as standard which include:

  • Windows to allow in natural light
  • Added insulation to keep warm in winter and cool in summer
  • Fixed staircase for access
  • Electrics & wiring
  • Fire safety precautions i.e. escape routes & alarms

The loft conversion will need to have structural changes to cope with the additional weight depending on what the room is to be used for.

Non-habitable loft conversions

With a non-habitable loft conversion, the idea is to utilise as much of the loft space as possible for storage which will help to significantly reduce the amount of clutter that can build up around the home. Not only that but there are optional extras that you can include such as insulation and Velux windows to make the space as energy-efficient as possible.

Another benefit of a non-habitable loft conversion is that it doesn’t require planning permission or building regulations, so you avoid all the headaches that go with putting in architectural plans and paperwork.

Loft storage conversions usually begin with removing the old insulation or damaged loft boards and can also include:

  • Bespoke cupboard storage
  • Hatch & ladder
  • Balustrade

There are other optional extras that can turn your loft space into a stunning easily accessible storage space. If you would like to know more about how you can maximise the storage space in your home, then get in touch with one of the Ecoloft team here.

How to prepare for a loft storage conversion

Moving items into your loft is one of the best ways to declutter the house – but if your loft isn’t properly prepared then your possessions can become damaged. Below we look at a few ways you can prepare for a loft storage conversion.

Loft Insulation

For your items to be stored safely your loft needs to be fully insulated. This not only keeps your items free from damp and mould, but it can also help to reduce your energy bills by stopping the heat from escaping through the roof. The insulation is laid between the joists and rafters and should be done by a professional to avoid any damage to pre-existing boards or putting your foot through the ceiling.

Loft Boarding

Boarding helps keep everything neat and tidy but also allows you to walk across the loft space freely without having to step over boxes or exposed insulation. Loft boarding is great as it fully maximises the loft space right up to the edges.

Loft Storage

Now you have the boards down you can think ahead and plan how you want to store your items in your loft. You could have shelves to keep things off the floor or have built-in cupboards for the larger bulkier items.

Loft Ladders

There is nothing worse than trying to balance on an unsteady ladder, not only is it dangerous but you can also damage the walls when carrying it through the house. Installing a loft ladder directly into the hatch is a convenient way to access your loft storage freely. The ladder is secured so that when you open the loft hatch the ladder can be extended hassle-free.

Loft Hatch

Lastly, the loft hatch is there to support the ladder but also to conceal the entrance keeping it unobtrusive. The hatch will come in a range of sizes depending on the access and your personal requirements such as if you need to store large items up there.

Why use Ecoloft?

Our team has been installing and creating practical loft storage spaces for years. We have a range of loft storage packages to choose from with the deluxe package being a popular choice. This package enables us to add extras such as Velux Windows to additional lighting as well as creating hand-crafted storage cupboards to give your loft space that ‘luxury and bespoke’ touch.

We work closely with you to ensure that the loft space and storage are to your requirements, and at the end of the project, you will have a fully functional, clean, and efficient loft space. For more information about the deluxe package, you can get in touch with the team here. Alternatively, you can call us on 0333 323 2284 or email info@eco-lofts.co.uk


5 Reasons to expand your loft storage?

There is never a perfect time to expand your loft storage and often it’s a job that gets put off until such time as you run out of space, or you start tripping over boxes and clutter.

Loft storage is one of the most cost-effective ways to store the possessions in your home that you either don’t want to get rid of or that you use now and again – like the Christmas decorations. In this article, we look at 5 reasons to expand your loft storage.

1. Space creators

This is the most obvious benefit is that it creates extra space in and around your home. Even a simple job as boarding your loft space will make a huge difference and allow you to declutter areas such as the spare bedroom and garden shed.

2. Easy access

A lot of people already use their loft for storage, but it’s not exactly organised. We’re certain that a good proportion of lofts in the UK are filled with old boxes and plastic bags containing items that might well be deteriorating due to damp and mould.

Not only that but access probably isn’t easy and, in some cases, can be dangerous if you’re balancing on an unstable ladder – a Fakro ladder solves that issue right away.

3. Saves money

When heat escapes the first place it goes is up and out of the roof which can influence your energy bills if your loft isn’t insulated properly. With a bespoke loft storage solution, only the best insulation techniques and products are used to keep the warmth in during winter and the heat out in summer.

4. Property value

When people purchase a new home one of the first things, they do is to check out what the storage space is like. This gives them an indication of whether they are going to have enough room for all their possessions.

By adding a bespoke loft storage space you can instantly add value to your property and make it more desirable to buyers should you decide to sell in the future.

5. Self-storage

There are a lot of self-storage centres across the UK, but it can become expensive depending on the square footage and how long you need to rent the space.

Not only that but if it’s something you need to get to more than once, you’ll have to factor in the travel time. Over a year this can become very expensive, which makes bespoke loft storage a much more attractive proposition.

Speak to the loft storage experts

If you would like to know more about how we can transform your loft into an efficient storage space, then get in touch with one of the Ecoloft team today. We have several packages and design options for you.

Why not try our online tool and get yourself an instant estimate, it’s simple, just locate your property measure the roof, and select the loft storage package that fits your budget. If you’re looking for a habitable loft conversion then check out our sister company EcoTrus.

What to consider when planning loft storage

Your loft is the best option when it comes to loft storage, and it is one of the most underused areas in the home. It is one of the easiest spaces to convert into a storage space and over time can be incredibly cost-effective.

Converting your loft into a fully functional and practical storage space is a better alternative than a home extension as it doesn’t require planning permission if it is not going to be used as a habitable space.

Over time we accumulate a lot of personal possessions some of which we don’t have the heart to get rid of as it holds sentimental value. Therefore we tend to find space in cupboards, draws, garages and garden sheds.

These areas might be good for the smaller items but it’s not practical for the larger stuff. In this article, we look at what to consider when planning on loft storage.

What are you going to be storing?

Take some time to consider what it is you’re going to be storing in the loft. Are they possessions and keepsakes or items that you will need to access on a regular basis?

What about insulation

Loft insulation is important for several reasons one of which is that it stops major changes in temperature which can affect the condition and quality of what you’re planning to store in your loft. The other benefit is that proper insulation can help to reduce your energy bills as it will keep the house cool in summer and warm in winter.

Shelving and cupboards

Another consideration to make is whether you decide to store boxes in your loft or whether adding shelving and bespoke cupboards is the way to go. Shelving and cupboards are ideal if you plan to access your items more frequently but it also helps to keep boxes neat and tidy and out of sight.

Make sure there is light

The days of fumbling for a torch or using your phone are gone and you should ensure that any loft storage solution has adequate lighting. You could also think about installing Velux roof windows to add some natural light which can help with your energy costs.

Avoid mould and damp

One of the biggest considerations is making sure that all your possessions stay mould and damp-free. The best way to avoid this is with the right ventilation which allows sufficient airflow to circulate through the loft space.

Speak to the loft storage experts

If you would like to know more about how we can transform your loft into an efficient storage space, then get in touch with one of the Ecoloft team here. We have several packages and design options for you. You can even try our easy-to-use online calculator which will provide you with an instant loft storage estimate.

The Pros & Cons Of Converting Your Loft

A loft conversion is a great way to add extra space to your home, and most of the time they don’t require planning permission. An added loft room can add to the value of your home, should you decide to sell at some point in the future. There are many benefits that come with a loft conversion.

Are you considering a loft conversion for your home? Then it’s a good idea to review the pros and cons of a converted loft space. Keep in mind that a loft conversion isn’t always the best option for a home, and there some things to consider before you go ahead with the project.

Pros of a Loft Conversion

Let’s review the pros a loft conversion can bring to your home:

  • Affordable option for home improvement: a loft conversion is one of the cheapest options when it comes to making improvements to your home. In addition, you don’t usually to have worry about major structural to your home.

Adding a loft room also increases your home’s value anywhere from 10% to 20%, making this a great investment, especially if you’re considering selling your home at some point.

  • Adds more room and space: if your home is on the small size, a loft conversion can increase the size of your property with the addition of a bedroom, a home office, or even a playroom for the kids.

By adding space upstairs, you won’t need to worry about hitting brick walls, not having the space to extend, etc. You also won’t have to deal with obtaining planning permission, in most cases. You could run into all of these issues if you were adding a traditional extension to your home.

  • Won’t obscure or cast shadow on other properties: depending on the type of loft conversion you’re planning, you won’t have to worry about obscuring or overshadowing neighboring properties, even if you live in a built-up area.

Traditional extensions to a home could cause your neighbor’s home to be in the shadow. We guarantee they would not be happy with that situation. There are also strict rules about where windows can be placed.

With a loft conversion, on the other hand, if you choose Velux windows or sun tunnels to bring natural light to the new room, you won’t have to worry about accidentally peering into your neighbor’s home, or the neighbors being able to see into your loft.

  • No loss of outside space: with a traditional extension, you have to consider that you’ll lose some space outside. In other words, your garden area will become smaller, or you might have to shrink the driveway to accommodate the extension.

However, with a loft conversion, there’s no problem with losing outside space since you’re building up, rather than out. This way, you won’t have to sacrifice garden or driveway space.

Cons of a Loft Conversion

Now that you’ve reviewed the advantages of a loft conversion, it’s time to take a look at some of the disadvantages such a conversion could bring.

  • Not all homes suitable: this is an important point—houses that have a low-pitched roof (such those that have a truss roof) may not be suitable for a loft conversion. These types of roofs may need to be remodeled, which can be very expensive. In addition, there are regulations about making changes to the structure and line of the roof.

An example is if the conversion caused an extension of the existing roof onto a main road, this is not permitted. No part of the extension is allowed to be higher than the highest part of the existing roof.

So, before even starting on a loft conversion project, it’s a good idea to first have your design checked out with an architect or designer who is experienced with this type of conversion. They’ll be able to tell you if your home is suitable for a loft conversion and if the design is good, etc.

  • Room may not be usable: when considering the use of the new room, remember that the areas under the eaves, under the sloping ceiling, may not provide much room for furniture. If the ceiling is less than 2 m, it may not be possible to have furniture in the room and you could face trouble even walking upright in the newly converted loft.
  • Loss of storage space: is your loft currently being used to store items? If so, this storage space will go away once the loft’s been converted. Think about where you’d store the items that are now in the loft. Do you have another space you could use for storage?

If not, then you’ll have to store those items in another part of the house. Not only will you lose the storage area in the loft, but also storage capacity in the rest of the house.

Or you could add some cabinets at the lowest point of the roof (under the eaves). These spaces are too small for furniture, etc. and could be used to store items in the gap.

  • Don’t forget regulations: while most loft conversions don’t require planning permission, it’s still a good idea to run your plans by the local authorities. However, if you’re not making major changes to the roof lines of your home, then you should be OK.

The easiest way to bring light into the new room, without changing the roof configuration, is to use Velux windows. Another option is to use a sun tunnel. This is a tube that goes from the room to the external roof. It can bring quite a bit of natural light into the room, without causing major changes to the roof line.

Summing It Up

A loft conversion brings many advantages, even though it does require a financial investment. Converting your loft into a usable space adds more room to your home and increases the value of your property.

To determine if a loft conversion is right for your home, be sure to review all the pros and cons. And Remember to talk with a professional builder who has experience with this type of conversion. They’ll have the best guidance and advice on how to manage a successful project, without running into regulation problems, or problems with your neighbours.

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.

Types Of Loft Conversion

When it comes to loft conversions, you’ll find there are four main types found in the UK. The additional space a converted loft offers can be used in different ways, including a guest bedroom, a playroom, a home office, etc. A loft conversion not only adds to your home’s overall space, but it also increases your property’s value.

The overall cost of a loft conversion can run anywhere from £20,000 to £45,000 and can take from four to eight weeks to convert the space.

Before you choose the type of loft conversion that’s best, you’ll need to first take into consideration the shape and line of the existing roof, determine how much you can afford to spend, and whether or not you’ll need permits. You’ll also want to be sure to hire an experienced and reliable architect to draw up professional plans for your home.

When it comes to loft conversion, you’ll find there are three basic types:

1). Mansard loft conversion: these require construction of a party wall (the wall shared with your neighbors). The roof will be flat, and the outer wall will gently slope inward. Mansard conversion are most often found on the rear of the house. They’re suitable for many types of homes but are most often used on terraced houses.


  • Allow more light into the loft space
  • Blend better into older properties
  • Allow more headroom than other types of conversions
  • Seen as more aesthetically pleasing than other conversions


  • Usually require planning permission
  • More expensive than other loft conversion types
  • Construction time can be longer

2). Hip to gable loft conversion: these are a great choice for end of terrace and detached homes. These tend to straighten in inward slanting roof to create a vertical wall. The small change allows the converted loft to feel larger, which makes this option a popular one for many homeowners.


  • Can be combined with a rear dormer loft to maximize space
  • Suitable for chalets and bungalows
  • Aesthetically pleasing because it blends will with the home


  • Will not work for mid-terraced homes
  • Tend to be more expensive than the dormer conversion type
  • Can feel imbalanced if the neighbor doesn’t have one

3). Dormer loft conversion: this is the most popular of all loft conversions because it’s a simple flat roof dormer. This requires a structural extension projecting vertically from the slope of your room. It creates a “box.” This type of conversion doesn’t require dramatic changes and allows you to install conventional windows.


  • Leaves walls straight and ceilings flat
  • Offers good natural light and ventilation
  • Adds headroom to a cramped attic space
  • Creates a large internal space
  • Suitable for most UK house types
  • Often falls under permitted development
  • Is the most inexpensive loft conversion type


  • This type of conversion may be as aesthetically appealing as the other options

For homes that are mid-terrace properties, a popular adaption is the L-shaped dormer that wraps around the side and rear of the house.

Another option is the gabled dormer that creates an inverted “v” roof shape. This may be a good choice on the front of your home. However, it can be quite expensive, and it also limits headroom in the converted loft space.

4). Roof light conversion: this is the type of conversion where you don’t change the existing space in anyway. Instead, you add windows and reinforce the floor to turn the attic into a usable space.


  • Usually about 25% cheaper than other loft conversions
  • You’ll enjoy lots of storage space (by creatively using the eaves)
  • This type of conversion is more often approved in conservation areas


  • It doesn’t open up useful space
  • Will require at least 2.25m of head height in the middle of the room, so the floor can safely be built up
  • Limited headroom will impact the stairs—they may have to come out into the middle of the room
  • You may still need planning permission for this type of conversion if windows are on the front

These are the most common loft conversions in the UK. We hope this short guide has helped you to choose the best loft conversion project for your home.

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