The attic is one place in the house that often ends up as wasted space. Yes, you might need to climb two or three sets of stairs before getting there, but that is possibly its only disadvantage. Using it only as a place to store things that you probably never use doesn’t need to be its destiny forever. This spring, you can open your mind and think about what you always wanted to have at home. Is it a library, to store that huge book collection? Your own study room where you can stay focused? An extra bedroom with an added toilet where friends can stay whenever they visit?
As soon as you start seeing your attic as a loft space of infinite possibilities, you will want to refurbish it but, where to start? Staying focused is perhaps the most important thing. Have you ever thought about having a lookbook? This can be a normal notebook where you can paste photos from friend’s houses or images you get from interior design magazines. Collect everything that inspires you and then take a bit of time to reflect on that to discover what your preferred style might be.
A lookbook is a creative space, so everything is allowed; including samples of colours and textures, or even doodles of that Victorian mirror you would like to hang on the wall – but you haven’t found yet. Show it to friends and family to get even more ideas or to decide between different styles.
Money will decide many things, like the materials you can use, the furniture you can afford… Always calculate an extra 15% to face any unexpected issue that might arise. This means that if something happens, you won’t need to take shortcuts in other areas or renouncing to things you might have wanted to incorporate – like a large TV if you’re planning to have a home cinema. In fact, having a realistic budget will guarantee success as you won’t find yourself with a half-remodelled attic and no money.
How you are going to use your loft will help to decide the kind of lighting you need. For instance, if it’s going to be a study room your children will use to do homework when they come home in the evenings, you need an appropriate desk light that allows them to work comfortably when reading or using a computer. If you’re turning your loft into a massive DVD library where you are planning to install a large TV then you probably don’t need too many lights – you want a cinema-like effect.
Perhaps the reason why many people forget about their attics is because they just see them as dark, cluttered rooms. That’s precisely the feeling you want to combat from the very first minute you start thinking about remodelling your attic into a stylish loft. To make sure that objects don’t accumulate in the corners – they will make the room feel smaller – install tailored furniture. In that way, you can still make the most of the space whilst you enjoy it. And, finally, the attic will be that space you and your family come to relax in.
Remodelling your attic can be your most exciting adventure this spring. We know you need an expert team of workmen who understand what you want and work according to your time and budget. We’ve been redesigning attics into fantastic lofts since 1970, and we know how to do it causing the minimal distress to your everyday life at home. Contact our friendly team today; we’ll be delighted to hear about your project!