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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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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 plan your loft conversion in 4 easy steps

Moving house is one of the most stressful events in anyone’s life. Creating more room by either doing a loft conversion or a ground floor home extension can take away the stress and will definitely save you money too.

If you need more storage space, an extra bedroom/bathroom, a playroom or a home office the loft is often the simplest and least disruptive space to convert, and it’s certainly less expensive and stressful than moving house. Additionally, a loft conversion can increase the value of your home by up to 25%.

But what are the practical considerations you need to keep in mind before starting the work?

  1. Assess your Space

Check your loft to make sure you have enough space for a loft conversion. As a general rule your loft needs to be at least 2.3 metres at the highest point, usually in the centre of the loft area. If you do not have this head height, do not be put off, there may be alternative solutions to gain extra head height into your loft.

  1. Time: How long it will take

In general, a loft conversion can take about 8 weeks. Scaffolding is used for access until the staircase linking the loft to the rest of the house is installed, so no materials should be towed through the house and waste can go directly into a skip outside. The work can be noisy, but it won’t create as much mess as a ground-floor extension.

Thinking of your family plans, discuss with the experts when they come to give you a quote about their availability as well as your plans to work out when will be the best time to start the work, so you can plan accordingly. Budget permitting, you might consider to move out, depending on your circumstances.

  1. Budget for the unexpected

Some companies might have few hidden costs which you want to make sure they are covered in the initial quote so you don’t have any surprises.

With SMA Lofts quote, you don’t have to worry about the extra costs, our team of experts will guide you through the whole process from initial conceptual drawings to the completed build for a fixed price quote, so no hidden costs will occur at the end.

  1. Layout

So what are you going to use the loft for? How is the extra room going to be used? When considering your loft layout, consider where your electrical points and switches will go, where your bed is likely to be positioned, if you have a bedroom in mind and whether you need additional plumbing installed, if you decide to install a bathroom or en-suite shower in your loft at a later date. You may need to consider some practical built in cupboards or wardrobes to accommodate all things you would otherwise have stored in your old loft space. Colour scheme will also help as you will save time and money if you have a clear idea about how you want your space to look and feel.

If you are looking to convert your loft do not hesitate to contact us. With over 20 years’ experience in the field and over 1950 lofts converted we will be thrilled to help you build your dream home with the extra space needed.

Call us now on 020 8537 0361 for a free no obligation quotation or visit www.smalofts.co.uk/Services to see which areas we cover and to book your appointment with us.

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