Finally. The loft conversion is complete, so I thought I’d take you on a little room tour. Beware, this is a photo heavy post. It took the builders over 4 months to complete the work, with over a year in planning and it’s been a bit of a rollercoaster, so here are some before and after pictures. I’ve also included a list of products I’ve used in the room and on the first floor, as well as a little video (scroll down) with more of a close up, giving you a better feel for the space.
If you’re thinking of doing a project like this yourself, hopefully this will help to see what you can achieve.
This is what we started with:
We had a decent space but it was crammed full of stuff and we had no idea if it could be turned into a room or not. We found an architect who’d designed quite a few extensions and attic conversions in our area and he came around for a chat. A few months later we had some plans which gave us the beginnings of what we could do to improve our home. These before photos are taken from pretty much the same spot as the after photo above.
Plans went out to tender and we chose our builder. He wasn’t available for a few months but we waited and finally towards the middle of August 2015 the work began.
Walls and ceilings came down on the first floor and the mess began. Once the first floor was safe and they were sure the ceiling wasn’t going to fall down, they broke through into the attic and started laying the floor.
Once that was done and the 3 steels were in place, they removed the roof! For 10 days we had no proper roof. And the it rained. For 6 hours a torrential downpour soaked the interior of our house. Not a night that I ever want to repeat. But it dried out, we trashed the carpet and moved on.
Moving into October and the room was starting to take shape. The roof was on, the new stairs were in and the structure was getting there too.
We had hoped it would be done by the end of November but we had a several builder delays over the coming month and it set things back quite dramatically. Heading towards Christmas the tradesmen were incredibly busy and it was difficult to pin them down, but…. we pushed on and managed a lot of it ourselves to get it finished. And finally just before Christmas it was done.
Loft Conversion Room Reveal:
I’ve been a fan of Lumie lights for ages, so had to have this in my room. This is a Bodyclock Active 250 which I’ve been using for a while, and the gradually increasing light wakes me softly in the morning casting a glowing sunrise in the new room. Our eldest daughter has a Bodyclock Starter 30, which she’s been using since Christmas and already she’s finding it easier to get out of bed in the morning! Cushion is from Habitat. And bedding from Bedeck.
The bedroom is a really good space, and I was always worried it wasn’t going to be big enough. It’s so hard to visualise how much space you’re going to have, but the architect and builders were confident it was going to be great. We’ve put in a King Size bed, some built in wardrobes and my dressing table (ignore the straighteners which slipped down from their hook!). One thing we really love is the light. The design has made the most of it with the 2 side windows, large dormer window and Velux roof window.
I picked up the stag antler and salvaged metal stencils from a small interiors shop in Norfolk last summer.
Jewellery organisation from Command 3m
As well as all the work on the attic, we had plenty to do in the hallway and landing areas which needed a lot of work following the flooding.
I used the same Dulux paint colour right from the front door all the way to the attic and love the drama. I normally use white or light colours so this was quite a departure for me but it’s really growing on me. The copper light fitting is from B&Q with thanks to Karen Knox for the tip.
The floor is a luxury vinyl from Harvey Maria from their Signature range. The HM Premium Wood in Church Pine is a brown/grey (although hard to photograph in this January light) and works beautifully with the carpet and wall colour. It was a dream to lay and feels very warm and sturdy underfoot. Look out for a more detailed review coming on the blog very soon.
On the first floor landing, the concrete lights are from BHS which I picked up in a sale, and the wallpaper, Harlequin Akoa is from wallpaperdirect. I’d been after something with an industrial and metallic feel, and this ticked all the boxes. It was a dream to put on and looks stunning. The foiled metallic edges change colour in the light from gold through to green through to grey. And of course it’s reflected over in the glass wall too.
Now, if you’d like something a little more 3D, I made a little video tour of the space, giving you a better feel for how it all works.
The following is a list of the products that I’ve used in the house, but if there’s anything else you’d like to know as it’s not an exhaustive list, do let me know.
- Bed: Pocket Sprung Bed Company
- Bedding: Bedeck
- Bedside tables: Houseology
- Blinds: Luxaflex
- Flooring: Solid Bamboo from B&Q
- Dressing Table: Makeover here
- Chair: Habitat
- Round mirror: Exclusive mirrors
- Sheepskin rugs: Here
- Anglepoise desk light: Houseology
- Anglepoise wall lights: Houseology
- Paint: White Mist from Dulux
- Lumie Bodyclock alarm
- Bathroom products: Soakology
- Shower: Mira
- Tiles: Topps Tiles
- Wallpaper: Harlequin Akoa from Wallpaperdirect
- Paint colour: Jewelled Creek 1 from Dulux
- Flooring: Harvey Maria Vinyl Wood floor Church Pine
Thank you to the companies that collaborated with me on this project, the products from Dulux, Wallpaperdirect, Luxaflex, The Pocket Sprung Bed Company, Bedeck, The Sheep Shop, Lumie, Mira, Soakology, Houseology and Exclusive Mirrors were gifted, but everything else came out of our own budget for the renovation.
In total we spent about £35k on the the loft conversion and other bits with the builders and then some more on the other decorative pieces including the built in wardrobes, balustrade and stainless steel handrails. If you’re wanting to do a project like this, it’s always hard to find out how much it costs, so I thought I’d share that with you.
I’d love to know what you think? And if I could have done anything differently. I’m still resisting putting too much on the walls just yet, but I think in time I’ll add more art, I just need to find the right pieces.