With changes in the property market a lot of us are thinking about ways to expand our current home and stay put rather than move up the housing ladder. A loft space is where most people just end up storing the Christmas decorations up there for eleven months of the year. With that in mind, parents should consider converting the space into a playroom or an extra bedroom for their child. What a fab idea, right? The top of the house is much warmer than anywhere else, and so the little ones should feel comfortable up there. BUT there are a few things to think about before going full steam ahead (can you tell we are watching too much Thomas today!)
Step 1: Get planning permission
Depending on where you live you may need to apply to your local authority to get planning permission. Talk to a local unit of professional architects who can offer assistance and create the blueprints needed to pass. In most situations, the council will ask neighbours if they have any problems with the concept. So, it makes sense to discuss the job with the people living nearby in advance to ensure they don’t raise any concerns.
Step 2: Invest in tools and equipment
Homeowners will have to buy lots of different tools and equipment if they want to perform the conversion using the DIY method. At the very least, everyone will require insulation for the walls and some boards to keep it in place. That also means individuals will have to invest in a decent plasterboard cutter among other essentials. A cordless drill and screwdriver will also come in handy when completing the work. Just ask tradespeople friends for advice if there are any concerns. Safety is always an issue and you don’t want to be left with a back injury or worse because of a bad investment.
Step 3: Create the design
You can make your playroom unique by:
- Installing a projector and screen
- Adding lots of storage for toys
- Decorating in bright colours
- Using character stencils on the walls
- Laying a thick carpet
- Buying a futon
- Anything else the kids might like
Step 4: Let the children enjoy
Once you have have completed the job, arrange a grand opening with your little ones. The children are going to feel excited about the prospect of having an extra space in the home, and so it’s worth making a fuss. Maybe spend the night up there with your child and watch some movies? Be sure to get some snacks too and pick up a red ribbon to make the event as memorable as possible.
Have you recently upgraded or renovated your home to include a playroom? I would love to hear your tips!