Fit some roof windows and convert the loft or move house?

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.

roof windows, windows, loft conversion

Roof windows can help you convert a loft into living space. It’s something Mrs Adams and I are considering.

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!


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  1. November 28, 2016 / 11:37 am

    I would always prefer having those kind of roof windows! They look great & give some great view!

    • John Adams
      December 1, 2016 / 5:51 am

      I can imagine this kind of window would provide the best views. Nit just about letting in light I guess.

  2. December 20, 2016 / 7:11 pm

    A great blog post. loft conversions are of course becoming very popular. There are many things to consider including loft insulation, roof window regulations and it would also advisable to get a roof inspection done by a roofing specialist before going ahead with the conversion. Best of luck with your loft conversion, if you do decide to go ahead with it!

    • John Adams
      December 21, 2016 / 5:19 am

      Thaks for your goos wishes. Rest assured I’ll be blogging about it as and when it goes ahead.

  3. June 2, 2017 / 1:53 am

    This is great. Thanks for giving me an idea. Thanks for sharing.

  4. June 19, 2017 / 3:25 am

    This is genius. I will definitely give this a try. Thanks for sharing this.

  5. June 20, 2017 / 10:11 am

    I have seen this design of a window in the first time and no heat affected.