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Go up in the world with a loft conversion

Convert your loft to add extra space in your home

Show-stopping kitchens and swanky en suites are all very well, but according to the construction industry’s largest trade association, the Federation of Master Builders, homeowners crave more space above anything else. Moving to a larger house isn’t an option for many, however, so instead, owners are looking for creative ways of making their existing homes bigger. Converting the loft is a good solution, enabling you to build an extra floor for far less than you might imagine, and much less than you’d expect to pay for an extension.

In this tricky but interesting project, two lofts on top of an eight-storey mansion flat were transformed, and connected via an attractive roof terrace


Most lofts are suitable candidates for conversion, though the build is more straightforward in properties over 50 years old. This is because from the 1960s onwards, homes were mainly constructed using trussed, factory-made rafters rather than timber frames which were hand cut on site, as had previously been the case. So opening up the roof space in a newer home will involve increasing structural input, usually by inserting steel beams between walls to support the new joists. To be usable, at least half the loft space should be a minimum of 2.2 metres high, though it’s possible – and expensive – to add height by raising the roof or lowering the ceiling of the floor below.

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After months of waiting, the festive season is upon us and there’s excitement in the air. But, for many of us, there’s also a hint of panic with so much to do before the big day. With that in mind, in this month’s issue we’ve tried to take the hassle out of Christmas, so you can actually relax and enjoy it. Our decorating feature on page 36 is crammed with quick, easy and affordable ideas to make your home look super special, with bargain buys, quick crafts and simple styling tricks to inspire you. Meanwhile, on page 20, we take a look at the Danish decorating trend that’s sweeping the nation – Hygge (pronounced Hue-gah). It’s all about making your home warm, cosy and a joy to be in over the winter months – so I think you’re going to love it (we certainly do). Those of you who are still on the hunt for the perfect presents for your nearest and dearest, fear not – we’ve got the answers to all your problems on page 40 with our brilliant gift guide. You’ll find 50 fabulous ideas which are all under £50, with stocking fillers from just £2! If you’re bored of eating the same old turkey and trimmings, then turn to page 100 where we give those festive favourites a whole new twist. While on page 104 we pick the best foodie buys from the supermarkets for your parties and get-togethers, so you can spend less time in the kitchen. I do hope you enjoy this festive issue and that this Christmas is your best one ever!