A bathroom is the kind of thing you “need” rather than “choose” for your home – but that doesn’t mean you can’t be creative with exactly where and how you fit out that bathroom. As for the “where”, your loft can make a surprisingly viable candidate if you are willing to convert it for the purpose.
That bathroom could help to increase your property’s value
According to research undertaken by Nationwide and reported by propertypriceadvice.co.uk, a loft conversion incorporating a double bedroom and bathroom could increase your home’s value by as much as 22%. The research assumes the house in this case to be a three-bedroom, one-bathroom property.
Nonetheless, as this added value might not necessarily exceed the conversion’s cost, you should thoroughly research other nearby properties to help yourself ascertain whether you are likely to recoup your outlay.
You could pick and choose what bathroom facilities to include
This is because, when you choose a loft as the location for your bathroom, not all of the usual bathroom-fitting rules might apply. Naturally, you might picture a bathroom as consisting of a bathtub, toilet, sink and shower unit – and, indeed, a loft bedroom might warrant the inclusions of all of these.
However, as the Homebuilding & Renovating website points out, if you are only converting your loft to use as a study or games room, then a toilet and basin could be the only bathroom amenities it needs.
A shower can look great at the centre of it all
To see how, just look at the “wow factor” shower revealed by Ideal Home. The shower runs along the loft space’s entire end wall to simple but stunning effect, while the wall of tiles helps to equally insulate and preserve the surfaces. The tiled wall and flooring makes this bathroom safe for water.
There is admittedly, though, one potential drawback: the shower looks so inviting that you could find yourself in there for longer than necessary, meaning you shouldn’t skimp on the space’s ventilation.
If your loft is a little too small to accommodate a shower quite this large, then go for a walk-in shower, which could even replace a bath to help free up space.
The bathroom can still celebrate the loft’s existing structure
As many bathrooms you see when casually browsing a showroom might strike you as looking very contemporary, you could be convinced that a bathroom wouldn’t be an option for your loft if you want to preserve its heritage features. However, you could be very mistaken…
If your loft has many exposed timbers, for example, you could leave them that way and paint them white to make the space feel light and airy. You could even do this with loft boarding you might need to have put in place in order to convert the loft without ridding it of any of its existing insulation.
Many UK households could consider the award-winning loft boarding service from Instaloft, where the company will install loft boards to which the homeowner could later apply white paint.