Covid-19 has changed the way that a lot of businesses are working and many employees are now working remotely. If you already had an office set up in your home, the transition might have been pretty straight forward but many workers have been left competing with cake baking at the kitchen table and noisy children and blaring TVs. As a result, a lot of people might be thinking of creating bespoke office space for the duration of the pandemic and beyond.
In moany cases times long since forgotten. After years of ‘just putting stuff in the attic’ there is most likely a lot of accumulated clutter and, as well as that, a lot of wasted space. So you might think this is the perfect point to have a good clear out and to consider conversion of the space to an attic office? This will produce a really useful space for you to work in and will add value to your home as well. The first step will be to make sure that the loft of your house is going to be fit for conversion and that is where our surveyor can help you. On a site visit he will listen to your ideas and give you his advice on what you can achieve and what is safe and practical in your loft space.
As we've already said, most lofts will be underneath a pitched roof meaning that there can be some difficult corners to deal with. However, little nooks and crannies like this can be used to incorporate shelving and bookcases and if they're done skilfully can add a lot of character to an attic office. If you have a corner large enough you could potentially fit your desk into it. The secret is to have these places painted with a light coloured paint to give the illusion of space and light.
Although a loft space office is a great idea, if you have enough room for it you could turn this newly created space into an office that doubles up as a bedroom so you're getting two rooms instead of one.That way you will always have somewhere to put that unexpected visitor up. This will also add value to your home.When it comes to decorating a space like this however, if it is going to serve as a bedroom as well as an office space you will need to choose colours that reflect this.
A Home Office does not necessarily need a lot of space and even if your loft is more compact it would usually be possible to create a cosy office room. If, within the loft, structural supports or beams are exposed you could leave them just like that and design the decor for your office around the exposed wood for an edgy look!Ifit is an office room that you are creating in the loft space it can be completely different to the decor of the rest of your home, so let your imagination run wild!
When you are planning an office space and its décor in your loft, windows may not be the first thing on your mind but it is surprising how much difference they can make. Often a Velux window that's built into the roof is an excellent option that will flood the room with natural light and will not use up valuable space along the walls. As well as making the space you create appear larger it will be far better for you to work with natural light rather than straining your eyes for hours under artificial light. A well-placed skylight could also light up any landing space that is below your attic office and with clever angling light will travel down and into the rest of the home as well.
Take a look at our Gallery of conversions to get some inspiration for your own loft conversion. Then give us a ring to organise an initial remote consultation so that we can get started on designing that perfect loft conversion for you.