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How to beef up your newly converted loft into an exciting place for work, rest, and play

Loft space image by Yampi.

A Blank Canvas: your newly converted loft has the potential to become a creative space for work, rest, and play. Image by Yampi (via Shutterstock).

The roof space of your home can add value to your property. Typically, the average loft is used as a spare bedroom or as extra storage space.

Then again, you might have enough bedrooms and storage space, and wish to use part of your home for more creative uses Something inventive. For our latest blog post, our suggestions should be enough to fuel your imagination.

1. As a study

Your loft could be a good, quiet place away from televisions and games consoles. For example, your computer desk could face the gable, which allows for sufficient headroom. Other space in your converted attic could be utilised for heating, bookshelves, and possibly a comfortable armchair or beanbag.

2. As a library

Instead of utilising precious space in your living room, your personal library could be moved to the attic. Your walls could be flanked with bookshelves for hardback and softback books. A comfortable chair could be a useful addition, especially if you wish to read in peace.

3. As a rehearsal room

Do you play a musical instrument or perform your own songs or poetry? A loft could keep you out of mischief from other family members. Soundproofing your walls is also a fantastic idea as it gives you carte blanche to practice without upsetting the neighbours.

4. As a playroom

Upstairs from their bedroom(s), the loft as a playroom makes for a distraction-free environment for parents and children alike. Only consider this idea if you wish to have conventional stairs instead of a spiral staircase or ladders.

5. As a home entertainment room

Sometimes, the lounge could trigger a tiff over one’s viewing habits. One could be hooked on Game of Thrones, whereas another person wants to see a West Midlands Derby fixture. Your loft as an home entertainment suite could be good for a 40” flat screen television, a satellite or digital terrestrial decoder, and a PC or video games console. If you still use physical media, space could be used around the walls for DVDs, CDs, Bluray discs, or vinyl records.

6. As an artist’s studio

If you’re drawing or painting in the living room, there’s every chance you may be under other people’s feet. Plus you do not wish to ruin the furniture. Your loft is an ideal place for an artist’s studio. A dormer window could project more natural light to your newly converted space.

7. As a home for your model railway

For several years, lofts have played host to many a model railway layout. Make sure you have enough space to get to the controls, and allow some space to let family members see your layout. If it’s good enough for Peter Snow, this clip with John Humphries should inspire you.

8. As a place for amateur radio and shortwave radio enthusiasts

An extra ten feet above your upper level rooms could make a difference to the reception of your favourite radio stations or your amateur radio shack. Electromagnetic interference with other electrical equipment may be reduced. An attic will give you more space for desktop radios and transceivers. Plus the wall space for maps, clocks, and QSL Cards. Steve MOMVB’s website has an excellent page on setting up your radio shack.

9. As an extra bathroom

We at Up Another Level could take your bath times to another level. With extra help, your loft could be a perfect place for a relaxing soak. If you need a second bathroom, this means fewer delays if other people wish to answer the call of nature.

10. As an home office

For many, the attic is a most obvious candidate for home office space. If you have an home-based business, it is good for work-life balance, as there are clear boundaries between work space and home space. You might benefit from some tax breaks, if a certain number of transactions have been made for business use. The GOV.UK website has useful information on this subject.

Up Another Level, 27 October 2016.


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