When we bought our second house four years ago it was a practical decision, rather than love at first sight. We were happy in our cosy little cottage, but with a toddler and a new baby, we badly needed the extra space. The house appeared on the market – period features, good location and bags of space downstairs – and we’d have been silly not to go for it.
One of the things that we liked most about it was the potential to extend – outwards and upwards. The image above is a house almost identical to ours – but hugely improved and extended. After four years, we’ve updated and put our mark on the house, but that feeling of undeveloped potential is still niggling away at me. Plus, we are really beginning to struggle with just one bathroom. We always knew the tiny upstairs bathroom was the big compromise on this house – and it’s only going to get worse.
Crunch time is approaching. We need to decide whether to move or improve! Something has always stopped this house feeling like our forever home. Could major improvements unlock this potential at last?
The obvious thing to think about first is a loft conversion. Our loft space is quite large. It’s already boarded out and every time I go up there I can’t help imagining the potential.
Currently, it’s full of old junk, but it could be so much more…
In my dreams, I picture it as a beautiful bedroom, with an en suite bathroom. It would have light flooding in and clever storage. Lying on my bed, I’d watch the clouds scudding by.
When we stay with our family by the sea, we often sleep in the attics of the house. For this reason, I always imagine that our own loft space would have echoes of the sea – light colours, deckchair stripes and simple, unfussy details.
Bright, light soft furnishings would be key. I particularly like these beautiful blinds by VELUX which are designed to fit their windows perfectly.
Our house has a tendency to be a bit cluttered. I love the idea of creating a brighter, modern and unfussy loft space. It could be a real haven!
I’ve started a new Pinterest board here to gather my ideas.
I’ll keep you posted on our renovation plans. In the meantime, I’d love to hear any advice you could give me on loft conversions. Have you done your own and written about it? It would be great hear from you!
This post is sponsored by VELUX but all words and thoughts are my own.