How to make the most of your space when you have a small living room

The living room is the room a family spends most of their time. When you have friends and family around it can be a bit tricky to have the space you crave for. A small room can present a few design challenges and you might feel very restricted when it comes to designing this area.

But in this article, we will give you a few tips to help you make this room more spacious and where possible squeezing in extra seating for your guests. There is more to life than chunky furniture and block sofas and we will show you how to combine few elements to maximise your space. Let’s get started.

1. Use mirrors

A small living room with not much natural light can feel a bit claustrophobic. You can create a focal point to let the light flow into your room by placing a mirror opposite your window. The mirror will reflect the view outside, giving the impression of an extra window and will create a nice flow.

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2. Choose smart furniture

When you shop for furniture, consider its visual weight. This concept refers to the perceived heaviness of an object based on size, colour and design. Pick out pieces that have a lightweight appearance, as heavier ones will seem to constrict a space. Opt for pale colours over darker ones, as a light colour will give you the impression you have much more space and select pieces that have legs while avoiding those that are boxy.

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Additionally, pick furniture with built-in storage to limit clutter. A trunk or storage ottoman as a coffee table works well.

3. Use plants. Like mirrors, plants are a wonderful way to add depth to a small living room. Lush greenery softens corners and fools the eye into thinking there is more to the room than there really is. Plants are especially effective in corners and beside or behind chairs and sofas.

SMALoftConversions Indoor flowers4. Have spare seats

In a very small space, it may not be possible to have as many seating options as you would like. One way to get around this is by storing a few folding chairs or stacking stools in a closet (or under a bed), where you can easily pull them out when family and friends are over.

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5. Use “invisible” piece. Acrylic and glass are wonderful materials to use in a small living room because they take up zero visual space. Try a coffee table or nesting side tables with a waterfall edge in one of these clear materials.

 

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Tell us: We’d love to see your great small living room. Please share a photo and tell us about it in the comments!

And if you think your home needs an extension or a loft conversion we can help. Our in-house design service can help design and build the home extension of your dreams that fully utilises the available space.

Give us a call on 020 8537 0361 to book a FREE consultation with one of our experts. We can help you plan, design and build the extra room that will enhance your house and your lifestyle.

We will guide you through the whole process from initial conceptual drawings to completed build. We’ve been doing just that, continuously, for local clients like yourselves, for the last 22 years!

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What Loft Conversion Style Will Suit Your Home


Thinking of a loft conversion to add more value and extra room to your home?

Many families choose to convert their loft area as a way of gaining extra space without having to endure the costly and stressful process of moving home. Work taking place in the loft can also be less disruptive than a major extension to an existing living space for example.

If you always wished to transform your home and get the extra room you wanted, with a loft conversion you can also make use of the space you are not utilising yet. Whether you are looking for a bedroom, office, bathroom or play space for the kids, we will look below at what options available and few useful details to help send you in the right direction.

You will need to start by assessing whether your roof space is suitable for conversion. The internal height needs to be 250 cm.

There are three main things to check:

  • Internal height
  • Roof pitch
  • Footprint

Once you have established that your space is suitable for a conversion there are 4 main options to choose from:

  1. Velux
  2. Dormer
  3. Mansard
  4. Hip-to-Gable

1. Velux Loft Conversion

Velux Loft Conversion is one of the easiest ways to convert your wasted roof space into a useable space for any number of purposes. Velux roof windows are designed to fit flush with your current roof line which leaves your existing structure as is with minor outdoor work required.

Read more about Velux Loft Conversions here.

2. Dormer Loft conversion

Dormer Loft conversion is the most common type of loft conversion because it offers the most space when converting your roof space to a living space.

Dormer loft conversions are a popular option for London homeowners in need of a lot of additional space because they provide a large floor area, and a good head-height is achievable in the majority of the new space.

You can find more about Dormer Loft Conversions here.

3. Mansard Loft Conversion

The Mansard Loft Conversion was named after French architect Francois Mansart (1598-1666) who used this design of roof on many of his buildings.

A mansard roof has the advantage of maximising the available space within your loft, as offers a more traditional extension to your home and frees up a large area for family rooms and large master bedrooms with ensuites.

A Mansard has a flat roof area and is usually situated at the back of your home with a back-sloping roof as shown. The slopping back roof usually has windows installed but a mansard offers many alternatives and is one of the most versatile Loft Conversions available.

While this type of roof will give you the maximum amount of space in your loft conversion it has a downside. Because it involves replacing the entire roof the constructions, the costs will be high.

You Can read more about the Mansard Loft Conversion here.

4. Hip-to-gable Loft Conversion

Another popular option is to carry out a hip-to-gable loft conversion. This involves converting the hip (sloped) side of the roof into a flat edge which provides additional space inside the loft. This style of loft conversion is usually combined with a dormer or mansard loft conversion to create a usable additional floor to your home. Hip-to-gable loft conversions are an attractive option for homeowners because they generally fall under permitted development, and don’t require planning permission.

You Can read more about the Hip-to-gable Loft Conversion here. 

Now that you know more about the loft conversion options and which type of loft conversion is suitable for your home, SMA can help. Our in-house design service can help design the loft conversion of your dreams that fully utilises the available space that complies with council planning regulations. As already described when designing your loft conversion, you have 4 main choices to start with.

Give us a call on 020 8537 0361 to book a FREE consultation with one of our experts.

We have been working on houses just like yours in West London for over 20 years and we have completed over 2000 loft conversions to date. We will guide you through the whole process from initial conceptual drawings to completed build. We’ve been doing just that, continuously, for local clients like yourselves, for the last 22 years!

We can help you plan, design and build the extra room that will enhance your house and your lifestyle.

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Loft Conversions: Why Are They So Popular Today?

We all love a lot more storing space and a room with a view, don’t we?

Research shows that the UK has some of the smallest homes in Europe and practically every household struggles to balance storage and living space.

So, why are loft conversions so popular today?

  1. It saves you money

Moving home is one of the stressful events in anyone’s lives. If you’ve already done it, you know what a real headache it is and how expensive moving house can be. It’s not only the stamp duty, solicitor fees and property costs that continue to rise. The true cost of moving house seems to get higher every year.

When you are settled in a nice area you don’t want to have to move again. Add children to the mix and you have the added nuisance of moving schools. Additionally, your commute will not change and you will not have to go through the stress of moving house.

That’s why the opportunity to add extra room to your existing home is an excellent option. You will gain valuable space for you and your family, save money on the cost of moving and although you will have to spend money in order to do this loft, the stamp duty fee on a new house might be equal to the cost of a new loft conversion or a home extension.  SMA-Westfield-4

  1. A loft conversion gives you the extra room with a view

We have seen a lot of lofts in our time, more than 1950 to be more precise, over 20 years.  Most of them look like a torn space full of old memories, which is a real shame when you consider what all these possessions you store really mean to you. By designing bespoke storage solutions, you can make it easier for you to access all of those memories you have locked away.Loft Conversion

With a loft conversion, it’s not only the extra room you gain, but a well-planned conversion can provide additional storage underneath your new stairs and decrease the strain on the rest of the rooms in your home as well.

Moreover, adding a natural light source with Velux windows, even Dormers lofts, will get more natural light than any other windows in your home. Plus, your view will not be disrupted by other houses or trees on the street.

  1. Increases property value

There’s no need to just take our word for it. Property experts agree that loft conversions are one of the best ways you can invest in your home. You’re increasing the actual living space of your home by a quarter (or often more) and this will be adding some serious value to your home.

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There is no other form of home improvement that costs so comparatively little which adds so much and, better still, the payback on your investment need not wait until you sell. With attractive tax breaks, available for those renting a room in their house you may wish to use your loft space to take in a lodger or a foreign student and start making money from your extra space immediately.

      4. Increases Energy Efficiency

A loft conversion will help you minimise your carbon footprint. Poor insulation in older houses especially can cause you to lose large amounts of energy. When you convert your loft, you improve your energy efficiency, increase the value of your property and increase your living space!

Want to get some of these benefits for your home?

If you are looking into the possibility of a loft conversion why not give our team a call on 020 8537 0361 or email us on info@smalofts.co.uk and book a FREE consultation with one of our experts.

We have been working on houses just like yours in West London for over 20 years and we have completed over 1950 loft conversions. We can help you plan, design and build the extra room that will enhance your house and your lifestyle.

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How to transform your home on the budget in 4 easy steps

 

It’s the end of August already and you might be thinking about back to school already. There are only a few days left of this glorious summer; make them count.

If you have been thinking of doing a bit of DIY to transform your home, just in time for back to school, this would be the perfect time to do it.

 

1. Decluttering

We all have far too many books/toys/clothes and even accessories.

Marie Kondo’s book ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing’ introduces us to a revolutionary way to declutter and takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again.

Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach but the KonMari Method has a revolutionary category-by-category system which leads to lasting results. So, where can you start? Piles of papers? Children’s toys? Clothes? Make sure when you look at clothes ask for your family’s members approval to go through them or set a task for them to do it. Just pick up a category and start now.

 

2. Remove any outdated or damaged fitted furniture.

Let’s be honest, any damaged furniture will make you hate your place, even if you don’t realise it. So, our tip is to either repair it and repaint it; in other words, upcycle it and you will see the change in the room instantly. You could sell it on eBay it if it is worth it, or simply recycle it. Here are a few tips from Homebase on how to upcycle your furniture with a fresh coat of paint.

 

3. Repair the walls

Repair the walls so they are ready for painting, stripping old wallpaper and sanding and filling to get a smooth finish. If the walls are in very poor condition, they can be reskimmed with a finishing coat of plaster for around £2,000 for a typical three bedroom house, creating walls that are as a good as new. If there are any signs of dump in your home, prioritise this over basic repairs, or undertake structural repairs first if you need to. Here are few tips from House Beautiful how to remove damp walls.  Once you have done this, your walls will be ready for a fresh coat of paint.

 

4. Update the kitchen

Giving your kitchen a new look is pretty easy with just replacing the doors, handles and worktop if necessary. If you like the layout and storage space you have you can just replace the items mentioned above, adding a splashback for a fresh look.

Stylish new lights can easily become the new focal point of the room. Here are some ideas for you. This pendant lighting from Dunelm looks stylish and modern in any kitchen diner, and if it can be assorted with a range of materials and finishes such as copper and brass you will have a new vibe in your kitchen instantly.

For a minimalist effortless look this industrial, we love this clean and modern pendant light from Made.com, which really grabs your attention.

If you think your decoration opportunities are limited you can really make your kitchen super stylish with everything from clever kitchen storage solutions to tableware, cookware and utensils. Shops like Habitat, Next Homeware, Procook all have a wide range of accessories for every taste. Every little change will make a huge difference

Additionally, you can do some extra jobs like tidying up the garden, giving a fresh coat of paint to your home exterior and add value in the process as well.

If you are planning a bigger job, like a loft conversion or a home extension, check out our latest projects here and don’t hesitate to give us a call on 020 8537 0361 to learn more about how we can help you and book a FREE consultation with one of our experts.

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