Mrs Adams and I have had a few interesting conversations recently. As our daughters are getting bigger, we’re wondering how much longer we can stay living in our present house.
At the moment, our daughters share a bedroom. That isn’t going to feasible forever. Added to this, what was a spare bedroom is now being used as an office.
One option we have that would avoid a move would be to convert our loft into a bedroom. We’d lose some landing space as we’d have to install another staircase to provide access, but it could work.
Some of our neighbours have done this. Friends of ours also had a similar conversion done and their family home is considerably more spacious as a result.
In fact I’ve seen some great conversions over the years including barn conversions and shop conversions. All of them have been turned into offices or living space and it wouldn’t have been possible with roof windows for letting light.
Needless to say there are no windows in our loft. We would need to take action to provide natural light for whoever moved into the loft.
I’ve been looking into how to go about this. There’s a great guide on the Solstro website. These guys specialise in Roof Windows and this guide highlights the main points you need to consider before installing a roof window and how to go about it.
Although I do love DIY, I will confess this is not something I would consider doing myself! I think I know my limits and removing weight-bearing rafters definitely crosses a line!
Of course, how to install the window is one thing. You also have to consider what kind of window you are going to install. You can have windows that shut electronically, windows with fitted blinds (again, these can sometimes be operated electronically) or roller and shutter roof windows.
There are many possibilities Mrs Adams and I need to consider. I’m not sure which would be bigger: moving house or converting the loft and installing windows. Either way, I am glad we have options!
Disclosure: This is a commissioned post.