Building a new bedroom is by far the most popular choice when homeowners plan a loft conversion. And that isn’t really surprising as lofts make an absolutely ideal space for a new bedroom.
A bedroom in the loft space makes an ideal master suite, children’s room or even an ultra-special guest room.
(Personally I would say that your new bedroom is too good to use for guests but you may be a more considerate host than I).
Using your imagination and interior loft design skills your new room can be an oasis of calm and tranquility. Sound-proofing and double glazing on your loft window will ensure you can relax in peace in the highest point of the house.
So, the reasons you should consider building a new bedroom in your roof space are pretty clear:
• The great thing about any roof space is ……it’s empty. Not rocket science I know but the point is that your empty space can be transformed into (almost) anything. Unlike moving into another house where the shape and style of a bedroom is already determined, your empty roof space allows you to start from scratch. Your design can take advantage of that by incorporating all the ideas you’ve always wanted to try.
• It is so easy to add an en-suite bathroom to the bedroom and that bathroom can be quite sizable and, again, laid out exactly as the owners want it rather than having to adapt an existing space
• Building a new bedroom in the loft allows the existing bedrooms to be converted into hobby rooms or home office, or for two existing small bedrooms to be knocked into one
• And last, but not least, us Brits (usually) like our bedrooms to be at the top of the house, and you can’t get much closer to the top of the house than in the roof!
When you are considering your new attic bedroom the first decision is ‘just how far up the luxury scale’ do you want to go?
Will you include an en-suite with shower and lose some space or are you happy to use your current bathroom and dedicate the whole of your roof space to your new bedroom?
When planning a new bedroom as a loft conversion it is common, and sensible, to include an en-suite bathroom. Not only does this add a touch of luxury you could argue that is more or less essential as you don't want to be racing down the stairs if you're caught short during the night.
The key to all interior loft design is making best use of space. Sloping walls and less height mean that space has to be utilised well.
Innovative storage solutions and careful selection of furniture is essential and consider lighting – lots of light through electrically operated and large loft windows will ensure a light and airy feel.
Your choice of décor and furnishings in your new attic bedroom will reflect your taste but some suggestions are:
A major consideration when planning an attic bedroom is plumbing. Even if you decide not to have en-suite facilities the addition of central-heating in your roof space will probably mean that your existing boiler will need upgrading. You should certainly enlist professional help here.
The good news is that the extra plumbing needed for radiators and showers etc., should be quite straight forward to install.
Children’s Attic Bedroom
Most younger children will want a themed room and most parents will get a massive kick out of designing it for them!
Children’s bedroom designs can be great fun and the bed, naturally enough, should be the centre-piece. There are many companies who supply children’s beds in great designs such as racing cars for boys or four-posters for girls.
The bedding and soft furnishings can all be matched to the bed design along with accessories such as lamps.
One of the prime considerations in a child’s attic bedroom must of course be safety. The loft window should (and probably will be anyway) inaccessible with the blinds operated electrically. The loft stairs should also be user friendly with handrails.
One other thing to remember. Kids will be kids but they grow up quickly. In a few years your child will be a teenager (complete with ‘attitude’) so make sure your new loft room can be easily transformed in a teenagers pad. Which brings us onto…..
Teenagers Attic Bedroom
You probably won’t get much input here! Hand over the cash, stand back and watch the funky and bizarre furniture arriving along with enough electrical gadgets to open a superstore.
Of course it all depends on which fad your teenager is ‘into’ at the time or if they prefer a more cool and mature look. And you may even be pleasantly surprised.
Most teenagers have a an excellent design sense and they will have a great time individualising their attic bedroom with colour and must have accessories.
And, even better, it won’t be that long before they up sticks and move out leaving you able to reclaim their room and transform it into that office or den you’ve always wanted.
Design Restrictions On Your Attic Bedroom
The most obvious restriction when planning bedroom loft conversions is that the normal sized wardrobes and other bedroom furniture just isn’t practical.
Nevertheless, architects and planners are very adept at fitting ingenious storage solutions into the tightest of spaces.
And its a great excuse to buy that futon bed you have always wanted!
One of the massive points in favour of bedroom loft conversions is that with the use of large skylight windows the room can be blessed with huge tracts of natural light. In the evening, the large windows will provide a wonderful panoramic view of the night sky.
Remotely operated electric window blinds will enhance the bedroom and will just add that luxurious finishing touch.
One of the most attractive elements of bedroom conversion is the option of including a sizable en-suite bathroom .
Though bathrooms are fairly easy to add to the roof space the major consideration is of course the extra plumbing that needs to be installed.
One of the first things to be done when converting the loft is to get rid, or relocate, the old water tank. One solution is to dispose of the tank altogether and install a combi boiler.
This will make the whole plumbing part of the project easier but may not be the option that the householder wants or can afford.
If a combi boiler isn’t installed than the water tank will need to be replaced and then relocated.
Plastic water tanks are much longer lasting than older tanks but still need to be relocated – the best solution is usually under the eaves behind the new panelling.
The only drawback here is that access must be unrestricted and insulated cupboard doors and boarding must also be built in.
Apart from the water tank the main plumbing problem is the new waste pipes and where to fit them.
The obvious thing when planning a bedroom with added bathroom is to ensure the en-suite is as close to the existing bathroom as possible.
This will make installing the new plumbing and connecting it to the existing plumbing so much easier.
The only real problem to overcome is the limited permitted length of waste pipes. To avoid the risk of siphonage pipes can only be run over certain distances:
• Toilets - maximum length of 6 meters
• Basins – maximum length of 1.7 meters
• Baths or showers – maximum length of 3 meters
Bedroom Loft Conversions
With the sheer adaptability of an empty roof space and the easy addition of an en-suite bathroom a bedroom of designer luxury can be created in most roof spaces.
No wonder bedrooms are the preferred option of so many home owners when they plan to convert their lofts.
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