Home Improvements

We live in a 3 bedroom house. There is a room for Rosalie, a room for Nick and I, and a guest bedroom/study. We are planning to add to our family in the not to distant future and so the baby will move into our 3rd bedroom. This means no more study!

This might not sound like a big deal, but to me it really is. I NEED a study. We have a lot of paperwork. A four drawer filing cabinet full and this needs somewhere to live. I also blog and I find it so much easier in a designated work space.

We need to make more space in our house, and so I have been looking into how we can create a new room and the office of my dreams.

The plot our house sits on is not very big. The house has been extended previously and has a two storey extension to the side. There is no way we can alter the footprint of the house without eating into our already small garden.

We are lucky in that we have an integral garage. So we have two options, we can either convert that, or go up!

Our garage is used for storage, it houses a few bikes and a lawn mower, it’s wasted space. We converted half of the garage to make a utility room when we first renovated our house two years ago. It would make sense to convert the other half too. The room would be a reasonable size and definitely big enough for a study/playroom. It could easily house a desk, my filing cabinet and a little table and chairs for Rosalie.

However, If I am true to myself, what my heart really desires is a loft conversion. We would gain so much more space. I would love a big, open plan room with VELUX windows to flood the room with light. I’d paint it white. Y’all know how I feel about white interiors.

I’d separate it in to zones. We would have my office area, with my beloved mac, a few select plants and some inspirational prints to keep me motivated. I’d like to display lots of lovely knick-knacks like Kate has done in her study pictured below.

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We’d create a wonderful play area for Rosalie. I’d include the little table and chairs and her favourite teepee. There would be so much space up there for her to run around. It would also mean I could get on with some work whilst she plays nearby without having to worry.

There would even be room for a sofa. I’d buy a sofa bed so that we could use it if any guests come to stay. This hasn’t happened in the 4 years we have lived in this house but I’d like to know we have an extra bed if we need it.

The only bad thing about a loft conversion is the disruption. Dust would get everywhere! I’m not sure I can deal with that again.

Have you converted your home? Which option would you choose?


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    Sarah Haig
    19th February 2016 at 6:56 PM

    Oh I dream of a loft conversation and have had three different sets of builders look at our loft. It's massive in floor space but I've now had to accept that it doesn't have the quite enough head height. Good luck with your plans!

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      Sarah Cantwell
      20th February 2016 at 10:03 AM

      Thank you lovely, we may have a similar problem! I'll have to get the builders in xx

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    Alice & Amelia New Young Mum
    20th February 2016 at 9:12 PM

    Renovation/house plans excite me so much, I love seeing peoples thought process and then seeing what ultimately happens! Excited to see what you get up too 🙂 I like the idea of a loft conversion, the disruption would only be temporary x

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      Sarah Cantwell
      21st February 2016 at 8:37 AM

      Me too! So exciting isn't it? It would be so nice xx

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    Sian QuiteFranklySheSaid
    21st February 2016 at 8:05 AM

    I live in a rented house so we can't do any renovations. But I do often daydream about what I would do if it was our house! A loft conversion would be so fab x

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      Sarah Cantwell
      21st February 2016 at 8:39 AM

      If would be so lovely. We can dream eh? Xx

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    Mummy B Blog UK Family Lifestyle
    21st February 2016 at 10:43 AM

    We keep thinking about converting our loft, it's either that or move! Our plot is very small too, so an extension is out of the window! If I'm honest I think we will end up moving in a few years time, the hubby is hankering for a garage! xxx

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    Sarah Cantwell
    21st February 2016 at 6:20 PM

    It's so difficult to know what to do for the best isn't it? I'd quite like to move too but it won't be for a few more years so this will keep us going until then xx

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    Kara Guppy
    22nd February 2016 at 1:30 PM

    We are desperate for more space but sadly our loft is too shallow to convert and its a terrace so our only option is to move. I think whatever you choose will create dust but I would choose the loft everytime

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      Sarah Cantwell
      22nd February 2016 at 2:37 PM

      You are probably right Kara. I just feel like it will be so much worse upstairs as it won't be so contained xx

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    Michelle Murray
    22nd February 2016 at 6:37 PM

    I lost my working space when I had little J. Now my stuff just floats around in my mac bag 🙁

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    Everything Mummy
    22nd February 2016 at 8:56 PM

    The loft conversion sounds perfect to me! My word space is my lap I would kill for a little study or even just desk area. Also you say about the disruption but it would be better to do it now with just one child than potentially down the line pregnant or with another little one x

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      Sarah Cantwell
      22nd February 2016 at 9:21 PM

      Very good point! Sooner the better 🙂 xx

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    22nd February 2016 at 11:38 PM

    Oooo, I remember my dad was looking onto loft conversions in our house when i was young, seemed alot of work but it would have been amazing. A secret lair. This would excite me so much! x

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      Sarah Cantwell
      23rd February 2016 at 8:27 AM

      So much work. We had a loft conversion too at my home when I was little and it was my bedroom. I loved it xx

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    Richard C. Lambert
    20th March 2016 at 6:45 AM

    It's still the middle of winter but I'm really looking forward to introducing some plant life into my home this year. http://plumbingjudge.com/

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