Great Ideas for Loft Conversions from Designers on Houzz
Not sure how best to open up your loft? Be inspired by these expert ideas for making the most of your space
Loft bathrooms, often with sloping roofs creating awkward nooks, can risk feeling cramped and lacking in functionality. In such cases, the smallest of design choices can make a huge difference to the enjoyment of using the space.
Interior designer Georgie Wykeham of Georgie Wykeham Designs, put several such tweaks to work in her reconfiguration of this room. To make the shower comfortable to use, for instance, she located the controls at the opposite end of the bath. “It’s much easier having the taps there, and it means you needn’t reach around the shower screen,” Georgie says.
The glass bricks, meanwhile, ensure plenty of light opens up the room while still creating privacy.
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When a new room or rooms are created in the roof space of a building, everything will typically be new – new staircase, new floor, new doors.
So to keep this conversion feeling connected to the rest of the 17th century, listed home it belongs to, contractor Jeremy Westcott of Westcott Construction repurposed some of the original doors from elsewhere in the house, as these had had to be replaced with fire doors.
“[The owners] wanted to include some of the old wooden doors in the new loft space, so we repurposed them as cupboard doors and used one on the entrance to the bathroom,” Jeremy says.
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Plywood can be a good choice if you’re looking for a sustainable material (in which case, be sure to source FSC native wood, bonded with eco-friendly glue).
Interior designer Karen Knox opted to use it for flooring in the conversion of her own loft.
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Tristan Ponsot of Atelier Sagitta overcame the familiar problem of a steeply sloping roof in this clever conversion. Originally, this shower room in the eaves was part of a bigger room with two small dormer windows on the sloping wall. They made the room look cramped and the space was hard to use.
Tristan’s ingenious idea was to divide the room in two. He created a bedroom and bathroom, giving each its own window, which reduced the impact of the slope.
In this bathroom, he further concealed the slope by building storage under the short end of the eaves and a shower at the tall end, making this dormer window the focal point, rather than the room around it.
Now, Tristan says, “You have the feeling of a rectangular space and easily forget the room is an attic.”
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There’s a huge amount of daylight flooding into this loft bedroom. Ewan Walker of MADE Property, who lives here, explains that he put two skylights into the newly opened up roof space – a fixed one over the stairs and another above the bed.
“[The window over the bed is] cantilevered and remote-controlled, so you can open it in the summer and lie in bed staring up at the stars,” he says.
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In this teenager’s attic room, designed by Caroline Wood-Robertson of Storylines Interior Design, cabinetry was made for the whole length of the wall beneath the new Velux windows behind the bed, as well as for the wall on the left.
“A room that needs loads of storage can look heavy, but here it’s quite subtle,” Caroline says.
The cupboards are made from plywood, with simple cutout handles to keep the style streamlined and swerve a traditional fitted furniture look. The cabinets behind the bed have sliding doors on either side, so they can be accessed from both ends.
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Not every expansion into the loft will make a complete new storey. Sometimes the space available can instead be turned into a mezzanine.
This bedroom had a ceiling height of just 2m when design consultant Golnaz Motamedi of Reliance Design Build and his team were called in. Opening up the roof added a sense of space, but also allowed for the creation of a small raised home office off the master bedroom.
The designers created access via a bespoke ladder, which tucks up against the wall out of the way.
When the homeowners want to access the mezzanine, they can simply pull the ladder out at an angle to make climbing it easier and safer.
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Which of these ideas would work for your project – and what other ideas do you have to share? Let us know in the Comments section.