Things to consider when planning a loft conversation

A loft conversation can often be the answer when you are struggling for space in your current home. You can create extra bedrooms, another bathroom or study space by converting your loft, and this can often mean you can stay in the home you love, rather than needing to move out as your family grows. But there are some key points that you need to consider when you opt to convert your loft. These will ensure you get the best out of the space you have, and are not left disappointed.

Will the Space be big enough for your needs

My husband Pete is a loft conversion specialist and says that one of the problems he sometimes faces is that people are disappointed with how big their new loft space is. You have to bear in mind that one side of the roof will remain sloping, so you will not get the same amount of space has you have on your current first floor. You also need to consider your existing roof height. It needs to be a minimum of two metres in height – after all, you do need to be able to stand up in the new room.

One way you can make your space appear larger is through your use of flooring and colour. The key is to keep everything neutral and not busy. Creams and beige’s give a feeling of space and calm and this can allow your loft space to feel bigger than it is. Similarly, opt for solid wood flooring in a shade like light grey oak (brilliant for a bedroom) or natural oak. These will prove to be hard wearing, but the colour will help to create that illusion of space that is so important.

Light

Lofts are notoriously dark spaces, so you need to add light. The best way to do this is with a Salstro roof window. Salstro, produce the best quality roof windows and you can find a wide range of styles and sizes. The windows come with a ten year guarantee, and in a range of finishes to suit the style of your new room.

The staircase

The configuration of the new staircase into the loft space is probably the most important thing to consider. You don’t want to be in the position of losing a room downstairs if you are only going to be gaining one new room in your loft. The most popular loft conversions create one new bedroom and an ensuite bathroom that works from an existing stairs and landing. This is the best situation for creating a new space.

Finding the right company

A loft conversation is a massive job, so you need to look carefully when it comes to choosing a team/company to convert your roof space. Look for a reputable company and read up on customer testimonials. This is your home so you deserve the best team.

If you take all these points into consideration, you should be able to create a beautiful new living space in your home.

 

 

Dream Kitchen Style

In general, I love my home. I love the fact that I have a dining room, my bathroom is my oasis of calm and has a huge Victorian stand alone bath which I love, and I have a huge garden that is integral to our family life. So, in general, pretty happy with my lot. But if I could change anything at all, it would be my kitchen. It is small, just slightly larger than a galley style. And although we have made the situation better by creating an extension for the utilities, there is still very little space when preparing food, and it can feel cramped with more than one person in it.

So what sort of kitchen would I have in an ideal world with more space? The sort that have huge islands in the centre where family can eat and chat together, or kids can do their homework whilst you prepare dinner (I’m sounding all Brady Bunch here, aren’t I?). The sort that have all those cupboards where space is properly utilised, so that you have a space that is earning its keep.I love hand built and individually designed kitchens, the work of skilled craftsman that are designed to last, that can be handpainted in any colour that you chose, so that, as well as designing your layout, you get a kitchen that suits your personality too. I love solid wood flooring that is not only stylish, but is also hard wearing, and can either give your kitchen a heritage look, or one that is totally contemporary and minimal.

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I love Shaker style kitchens. These have a traditional feel as they are based on pieces from the 19th century, in American provincial style. Units tend to be wood rather than modern glossy materials, and the style is one that avoids fashion and trends, meaning it will still be good ten years after you have installed it. The Shaker style below shows how using a shot of beautiful colour can make the traditional design feel bang up to date, and totally aspirational – my dream kitchen!

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You really can create the most wonderful and desirable kitchen spaces, that also include products that will be durable and long lasting. A dream kitchen is an aspiration that is not beyond your wildest dreams, so if you are looking for kitchen design, maybe do a bit of reseaching on pinterest to see what others have done with a space similar to yours. Or just enjoying dreaming of your perfect space.

Stylish Bedrooms: By Caprice Home Bedding

Now, more than ever, our homes are our sanctuary. Our world has shrunk beyond believe, and our four walls are now our place of safety, the place where we have to work, rest and play, and this means that a little bit of luxury is to be much appreciated.

This is especially true when it comes to our bedroom space, where many of us are fighting against our worries trying to get the best night’s sleep. Sleep is not so easy when we have failed to burn off the excess energy, or where we are worrying about the current situation, but there are little things you can do to make your bedroom an oasis of calm, a place of escape, a thing of beauty.

Supermodel Caprice Bourett has teamed up with UK-based home textile supplier Appletree Living (part of J Rosenthal) in order to produce a glamourous collection of bedding and bedroom accessories that hark back to the golden age of Hollywood. The collection combines crisp white cotton with silvery greys, with velvet, metallic embroidery and sequins to create bedding that is fit for a Hollywood goddess, sexy, stylish and luxurious.

With names like Monroe, Garbo, Ava and Garland, the collection has been described as ‘sexy, feminine and fun’, but it is also practical and designed for comfort too. Products feature a new super-soft performance micro fibre that’s breathable and durable to deliver the sensation of being enveloped in a comforting cloud, this offers comfort that should help you to sleep, and also to keep you both warm on colder nights, and cooler on warm summer nights.

Sleep is so important, and is a much needed commodity at the present time when we really need to escape the troubles of every day life. Transforming your bedroom into a sumptuous haven of beauty can help you dream of better times and Hollywood glamour, and this can only be a good thing.

You can view the whole collection here