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A Guide to Creating a Home Office with Loft Extensions

A Guide to Creating a Home Office with Loft Extensions

Are you tired of the daily commute? Have you ever thought about working from home? If the answer to either of these questions is yes, then converting or extending your loft into an office could be the answer to your problems. Modern Attics offer expert services to create loft extensions in north London and across the capital, and we can advise you on your options.


With office space at a premium across London, building workspace in your loft, tailored to fit your individual needs, could be the perfect answer if you are struggling to find a base for your small business. Which type of conversion or extension you go for will largely be determined by the size and shape of your house and loft space.

Your loft may be big enough to mean that conversion of the existing space could be a good cost-effective option, as many home offices are designed for one person. Alternatively, a larger extension may offer more space, giving scope to accommodate more than one person and space to meet clients.

Fitting Out Your New Office

offices will need a range of fittings, which can be styled to fit your own business requirements and tastes. Smaller, contemporary items of office furniture will create a good impression for outside visitors and will also be immensely practical, offering maximum flexibility for your loft space.

Light décor, such as white or pastel-coloured walls, will help to make your office feel more spacious. To help give the loft the atmosphere of a place of work, another option is to choose stained floorboards rather than carpets. However, you may also want to build in some space for relaxation, including items such as a two-seater sofa where you can sit if you need to take a break from your work.

Electrical equipment and data cabling for your computer, telephone and broadband are of course a must. Although this should not present any problems, the work may involve some rewiring, and it’s important to remember that all work involving electrical cables should only be carried out by a qualified electrician.

All members of Modern Attics’ building teams, including our carpenters, plumbers, heating engineers and electricians, are highly experienced and belong to their relevant trade organisation, so you can be sure of quality workmanship.

Light, Air and Space

Getting as much natural light and air as possible into your loft space will help to create a good working environment. Velux windows, which we recommend, will allow plenty of ventilation as well as sunlight. It is also a good idea to install cost-effective and flexible energy-efficient lighting, incorporating items such as low-energy bulbs and dimmer switches.

To make the best use of the space available, it is advisable to build in storage and make sure all stationery and portable office equipment can be put away when not in use. You could also consider using eaves cupboards for storage.

Ultimately, however, it’s down to you what to include in your new office – remember, you are effectively starting with a blank canvas, and what you choose to fill it with is largely down to your own personal preferences and tastes.

Modern Attics carries out loft extensions across north, west, east and south London. Whether you live in Edgware, Stanmore or Finchley, Brunswick Park or Bounds Green, we can manage all aspects of your loft office conversion, from surveys to advice over gaining planning permission from the local council, right through to frequent meetings, regular site visits and progress reports. Click the link above to find out more about our services and get a free quotation.

Top Tips on Going Green with Your Loft Conversion

Top Tips on Going Green with Your Loft Conversion

Do you want to install a really eco friendly loft conversion? Converting the loft is an environmentally responsible move in itself, since you will be making better use of existing space, while building regulations mean all work will have to comply with modern regulations on insulation. But there are also various ways to make your new loft conversion even greener.


Loft conversion specialists Modern Attics can extend or convert your property in north west London or any other part of the capital, depending on your individual needs as well as the size and shape of your property. Here we have put together some ideas for the environmentally-friendly householder who wants to create more space in their own home, rather than go through the difficulties of moving.

What you can actually do may depend on the building, but here are some general pointers. We can advise you on the options for your particular site.

  • Solar Power: Don’t forget about the outside as well as the inside of your home. Installing solar panels on the roof of your loft as part of the conversion can cut your electricity bills – or even pay the bill for the whole of the rest of the house – and you can also sell back any excess power to the National Grid. Panels need not necessarily be easily visible to the world outside.
  • Using Natural Light: Certain types of work such as roofline attic conversions also have plenty of green credentials. This kind of work usually does not involve altering the roof shape, as the loft space is already large enough. Using Velux windows as part of the work will bring in more natural light, which can again mean lower electricity bills. Mansard, dormer loft and hip to gable conversions all can incorporate windows too.
  • Harnessing Waste Water: Re-using water which has already been used in your home’s sinks, bathtubs and showers – commonly known as grey water – can be redirected to flush toilets in your home, cutting back on your water bills. A system to achieve this can be installed as part of a loft conversion project. When carrying out work on a roof, it is also possible to make use of rainwater collecting via guttering and direct it into a tank, again using it for flushing toilets.
  • Using Sheep’s Wool for Winter Warmth: For a more natural insulation alternative, you could use sheep’s wool rather than conventional products. Sheep’s wool is a natural, recyclable material. It also scores over some artificial alternatives, as it can absorb moisture but does not lose any of its insulating properties. And remember – what keeps the cold out in winter keeps the warmth out in summer.
  • Think Wood: Timber is one of the main features of any loft conversion, as it allows the new space to ‘breathe’ with good air circulation and looks attractive in its own right. At Modern Attics, we are happy to use wood from sustainable sources.
  • Eco Friendly Fixtures and Fittings: You can make sure items inside the conversion or extension are ‘green’, depending on what you are going to use your attic conversion for. If the attic is going to be used as an extra bedroom, for example, you could make sure you use sustainably sourced furniture. If the conversion includes a bathroom, you can choose water-saving devices, including showers and taps which use less water, while low-energy light bulbs can be installed throughout the conversion.
  • Although adding in some of these features might add a bit to your total initial bill for your eco friendly attic extension, they should help to save you money in the long run.

    Modern Attics are loft conversion specialists who operate right across north west London – in places including Finsbury, Islington, Edgware, Shoreditch, Nags Head, Tottenham, Haringey, Archway, Whetstone, Grange Park, Winchmore Hill and Bowes Park. All our work is carried out to the highest standards of design and craftsmanship, with every attention to detail. We also pride ourselves on our professional, personal service. Click here to find out more about our eco-lofts and get a free quotation.

What Are the Key Pointers for Choosing a Loft Conversion Company?

What Are the Key Pointers for Choosing a Loft Conversion Company?

Loft Conversion Company North West London

If you’ve started your search for a loft conversion company in north west London, you’ll know there are many to choose from. Though this offers home owners in the area a great amount of choice when it comes to renovating their property, it can make selecting a contractor a challenge.

Finding the one loft conversion or home extension company that’s right for you among the multitudes on offer can feel daunting at first, especially if this is your first major renovation project. Here we’ve put together a few pointers to consider when making your choice.

How Experienced Are They?

A company with a proven track record and a long list of happy customers is much more likely to complete your loft conversion to a high standard. As well as checking your chosen company has experience, it’s important to make sure they know how to carry out a variety of conversions. This will help to ensure they’re able to deliver the result you’re looking for and tailor their extension to make the best use of space in your particular property.

Do They Know the Area?

Choosing a local loft conversion company with a detailed knowledge of north west London will help to make your build a lot easier. Whether you’re based in Edgware, Barnet, Colindale or the surrounding area, local builders will know the property stock, have experience of working on similar homes and be able to advise you on local planning rules and regulations.

Will They Manage the Whole Project?

Managing a building project is a big job. Co-ordinating builders, plasterers, electricians, plumbers and roofers is a lot of work, so hiring a company that can manage the project from start to finish for you is a good idea. To make your build run even more smoothly, it pays to select a company that has an in-house team of fitters with wide-ranging expertise, covering all these areas. They will be able to get the job done more efficiently and more quickly.

Can You See Customer Testimonials?

Hearing glowing reports from past customers will help give you confidence when starting out on your loft conversion. Looking at a company website will give you a chance to see photos of past jobs and should also give you confidence that your individual requirements will be considered and the work tailored accordingly.

Is the Work Guaranteed?

A loft conversion is a major project that will impact on the value of your home, so it is worth taking the time to make sure it’s going to be done properly. It is important to choose a company that guarantees its work, as this will give you peace of mind and a reassurance that the work will be completed to the highest standard possible. A long warranty, such as a 10-year guarantee, is ideal.

Loft Conversions by Modern Attics

Now you know what you’re looking for, have a look around the Modern Attics site and you’ll see we meet all the criteria for the best loft conversion companies. We have years of experience, a talented team of highly trained staff and an in-depth knowledge of the property stock in Edgware, HA8 and surrounding areas, as well as across London. We also provide 10-year guarantees for our work.

Modern Attics has a proven track record in carrying out high quality conversions on a variety of projects and can tackle any type of loft conversion you’re looking for, including mansard, dormer, hip to gable and roof conversions. What’s more, we can provide you with your own project manager, arrange all the necessary licences and manage the entire installation from beginning to end. With one of our directors a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and many satisfied customers, as you can see from the testimonials on our website, we really are the best choice for your home renovation.

To find out more, have a look at the services we offer or contact a member of our expert team by calling 020 7254 5222.

Extend Your Victorian Terrace in Islington, North London, with a Loft Conversion

Extend Your Victorian Terrace in Islington, North London, with a Loft Conversion

loft conversion Victorian terrace north London

With its great transport links, excellent choice of shops, bars and restaurants and row after row of attractive Victorian and Edwardian terraced houses, it’s no surprise that Islington is one of the most desirable boroughs in London. People who have bought in the area often want to stay put. However, as a North London Victorian terrace has limited room to extend, a loft conversion is often the best option for those who want to create more living space.

Since these types of conversions require specialist skill and experience, it’s important to get an expert team in to do the job. Modern Attics have completed a large number of attic conversions in north London, so are the perfect choice for anyone looking to add a dormer, hip or gable extension to their property.

More about Islington

One of the capital’s most diverse boroughs, Islington stretches from Kings Cross, Farringdon and Angel in the centre of London right out to Highgate, Archway and Finsbury Park in the north of the capital. Over the past few years, the district has undergone major gentrification with even its more northerly regions now extremely popular with homeowners.

Two of the smartest districts in the borough are Canonbury and Barnsbury. House prices in these two sought-after postcodes have risen by a huge 37% over a five-year period according to one estate agent, racing ahead of central London which saw just an 11.6% increase over the same period.

Terraced houses in the area now regularly sell for well over £1million, with flats and modern developments also selling for well above the national average. Thanks to the great choice of shops, bars, restaurants, theatres and cinemas in the area, plus the excellent bus and tube links – Angel, Finsbury Park, Archway, Holloway and Tufnell Park tube stations are all located in the borough – Islington doesn’t look like it’s going to lose its appeal any time soon.

Attic conversions in Islington, North London

As many of the houses in Islington are terraces, flats or conversions, there’s limited space for development. Often gardens are small – if they exist at all – and homeowners aren’t able to extend sideways. This leaves the attic. Offering the chance to create extra living or storage space, a loft conversion can transform your Victorian terrace in north London.

According to Islington Council guidelines, homeowners generally don’t need planning permission to convert the loft if it’s only internal works that are being carried out. However, if you’re adding a dormer window or other external feature, you may need permission. If this is the case, Modern Attics can guide you through the process. We have extensive experience securing planning permission for attic conversions across Islington and the surrounding area, so we’ll be able to take all the strain out of the process and get the ball rolling as quickly as possible.

If you are considering a loft conversion for your terraced house in London, Modern Attics will visit your property to ensure it’s suitable. We’ll then work together to select the conversion style that suits your property and your requirements. This will depend on how much space you have, what you intend to use the space for and whether your property is end of terrace or mid-terrace. Once you’re happy with the plans, Modern Attics will then arrange the entire process from start to finish, giving you a spectacular new living area quickly and efficiently.

As well as working with homeowners, we also work with landlords and developers both in Islington and surrounding districts, including Edgware, Finsbury Park, Highgate, Hampstead and other parts of north London.

To find out more about the work we do and arrange a free visit, contact Modern Attics.

Enhance Your Living Space with a Bedroom Loft Conversion in North West London

Enhance Your Living Space with a Bedroom Loft Conversion in North West London

One of the most popular reasons to decide on carrying out a loft conversion is to create a new bedroom. Many households in north west London find there is pressure on space as their families grow. However, moving inevitably involves a lot of upheaval, while high housing prices in the capital can also make this unaffordable. Extending existing space is a cost-effective alternative.

Modern Attics carries out a large number of loft conversion projects including new bedrooms in areas such as Edgware, Stanmore and all across north London, as well as throughout the city.

Advantages of a Bedroom Conversion

A big advantage of creating an extra bedroom within your loft space is that in many cases it can mean you will avoid the need to move to a larger house or flat. This will mean you do not have all the hassle of getting to know a new neighbourhood, with your children possibly facing a change of school.

With living space being so highly priced in London, many families have to move into the smallest home they can reasonably fit into, meaning there is no spare room. However, extending the loft space means you can benefit from more space.

Depending on the amount of room available within your loft, it may also be possible to add an en-suite bathroom. This is a feature which could be especially welcome if you have a grown-up child or student who wants some independence, or if you are perhaps considering letting the new room to a lodger, bringing in valuable extra income.

As well as enhancing your current living space, adding an extra bedroom will also significantly add value to your home when you do eventually come to move. One recent survey estimated that adding a new bedroom could put up the price of a house by over 10%. If your new home extension or loft conversion is large enough to include both a bedroom and a bathroom, the financial benefits will be even greater. The same survey suggested that adding both a bedroom and a bathroom could put up the value by over 20%.

Because we include attractive windows within our loft extensions, your new bedroom will have a lot of light, making it ideal to use as a study or hobby room during the day. A new extension also offers the perfect opportunity to create a room with built-in storage, such as shelving and wardrobes.

Bedroom Interior Décor Trends

A new loft bedroom gives you a lot of scope for choosing the décor which appeals to you. The new room is in effect a blank canvas, so you can express your personality and decorate it as you wish.

One of the most popular current trends in decorating bedrooms is white walls. White gives a feeling of space and reflects light. It isn’t always realised that there are a number of different shades of white, with hints of other colours, giving a colder or warmer feel. Whites and other light shades will go well with many different styles of flooring and furniture. Another advantage is that white is also a great backdrop for paintings or framed photographs.

An alternative to white is to choose pastel shades for your bedroom walls, such as light pinks and blues. You could even opt for a mix of these shades, an idea which is very on-trend at the moment. Choosing these light shades gives a restful feeling which is appropriate to a bedroom.

Yet another colour option is to use some grey within your bedroom. This is a fashionable colour across the London area and both deep and light grey is often used to emphasise paintwork. Grey can also be included in a colour scheme together with pastels and whites, creating strong contrasts.

Beds and other furniture made from wood and other natural materials, such as rattan, are currently in demand for bedrooms. They are often combined with natural colours such as greens and browns. Wooden flooring is popular throughout houses and is sometimes used in bedrooms, although often people do like to step straight out of bed onto a warm carpet. Putting colourful rugs on a wood floor can give the best of all worlds.

Bedroom Loft Conversions by Modern Attics

At Modern Attics, we pride ourselves on offering a very personal service, to make sure your new home attic extensions are tailored to your specific requirements. If you are considering a bedroom loft extension, get in touch with us and we will pay a free initial visit to survey your existing loft space.

We work with customers in north west London, including Barnet and Harrow, and all other areas of the capital. Our expert team can build many different types of extensions, including hip to gable, dormer and Mansard loft conversions. The best choice for you will depend on factors including the type of property, the area you are in and how much space is available.

Bedroom Loft Extension North West London – Follow the link for details of our services.

Fight Against the Cold This Winter

Fight Against the Cold This Winter

With the arrival of the recent cold weather, millions of people up and down the country are feeling the chill. Around 25% of all heat in the home is lost through the roof, often leading to a very cold loft. One of the best ways to ensure that those cold feet are kept warm during the long winter months is to invest in the latest insulation technologies. The initial cost of good quality insulation may put people off but in most cases, reductions in heating bills mean that the investment pays for itself within just the first 24 months of installation. The newest insulation methods also are effective for at least 40 years giving you piece of mind, as well as keeping you warm.

One of the cheapest ways to ensure that your loft temperature stays nice and toasty is to upgrade your cavity wall insulation, which could save you up to £160 a year. Most homes that were built after the 1920s have cavity walls and an easy way to tell is to look at the brick pattern.

cavity wall insulation

If your bricks have a regular brick pattern (left), you probably have cavity walls whereas if your bricks alternate in size (right) you probably have solid walls. If you have solid walls, don’t worry! Solid walls can still be insulated, and though it’ll cost that bit more, they actually save more money in the long run that standard cavity walls.

So how much can you save? The table below shows costs and potential savings for houses in England, Scotland and Wales. In Northern Ireland, the payback time is even quicker at around 2-4 years.


The Green Deal Initiative

Britain’s building stock is one of the oldest in Europe. In order to bring it up to date, properties need to be adequately insulated. Then, once buildings are properly insulated, occupiers will spend less on energy bills to heat them. The government has recently introduced the Green Deal Initiative to help businesses and home owners to implement more green technologies in their properties. It’s a very simple idea, install green technology in your property and pay no upfront costs. The costs incurred will be repaid through your energy bill over a period of time. The ‘loan’ is associated with the property rather than the bill payer so there’s no obligation to continue paying after you move out.

The golden rule of the initiative is that the expected savings must equal or be greater than the costs attached to the energy bill. There are two main ways to apply for the scheme, through a Green Deal Provider or via a Green Deal Assessment.

Attic Bath and Shower Rooms for your Loft Conversion

Attic Bath and Shower Rooms for your Loft Conversion

An ensuite shower room, a luxurious bathroom, or anything in between, can be an inventive way to make use of your loft conversion. Shower rooms can be a good answer to the question of how one fills the empty but tricky spaces that can be caused by an alcove or sloping roof etc. Work with the natural architecture of your loft, choosing a shower and clever storage solutions for smaller areas. Well-placed mirrors will also create the illusion of a much larger bathroom, lending a light and airy feeling, even to cramped attic spaces.

You can add even more features to larger rooms to add a luxurious touch to your new bathroom. A bathroom in the loft can be the perfect space to relax and unwind, with the right lighting and finishing touches, you could create a place of tranquillity to retreat to after a busy day. Natural loft fixtures such as exposed beams and skylights can aid in finding just the right feel and look that will resonate with you.

An ensuite shower room for loft conversion

Every room is created depending upon the needs of the customer. The bathroom is a very personal space that has to meet a variety of needs and on any given day it may be an oasis of relaxation, a room for reinvigoration, transformation, or even somewhere to play. So, think about the role your loft bathroom will play in your day-to-day life. Will it be used on a daily basis? If so, and there’s limited space, then it may be more practical to include a shower, rather than a freestanding bath.

As always, if you are thinking of converting your loft to create a bathroom it may be possible without planning permission. If your loft is of a sufficient size then you may be able to turn it into a habitable space under permitted development. Avoiding a planning application will speed up the project and may allow for greater scope than planning policy would permit.

Bringing natural light unto your conversion with Velux windows

Bringing natural light unto your conversion with Velux windows

We always recommend using Velux windows in our conversions as we feel that they are the best windows available. They are the best in quality and require no maintenance. Space and light have a positive influence on our energy, mood and concentration levels, and converting your loft with high quality windows will bring the daylight into your life. Installing high quality Velux windows into your roof space allows plenty of natural light and ventilation into the new loft conversion. We can fit a wide variety of styles and sizes, and can advise you on the best position for the windows to go, and they can also fit any gradient of roof. An attic conversion that relies on artificial lighting can feel oppressive. Velux roof windows are specifically designed for maximum daylight and plenty of ventilation whenever you want it.

Velux windows

We always seek to get the best possible outcome for both the loft conversion, and our customers. One of the ways that we go about this is finding the best way to allow natural light into their conversion. Sleep is crucial for brain development and the way we function on a daily basis and so the amount and quality of sleep we get is all linked to the amount of light in our lives. Our modern lifestyles mean we have stopped leading our lives in line with natural light. In essence, our biological clock – or our circadian clock – which helps our sleep pattern, our alertness and our mood, is being tampered with. So we design our conversions to allow as much natural light inside as possible. By exposing ourselves to light early in the morning and throughout the day, and letting the light guide our sleep patterns, falling asleep quickly and feeling a general sense of wellbeing is a natural and welcomed result.

So for quality products and advice, you’re in safe hands with Modern Attics, bringing light back into your life.

Loft Conversions London – Why Convert a Loft?

Loft Conversions London – Why Convert a Loft?

How often on average do you go up to your loft? Perhaps it is a world of dusty old books, toys, and Christmas decorations, a dead space in your house.

Lofts have near unlimited potential when it comes to conversions, from an extra bedroom, to a luxury bathroom, turn that wasted space into a usable one that can add value to your property. Apart from costing less on average than a standard ground floor extension, loft conversions use the available space that is already in your house.

So what could you use that new available space for? Here is a list of potential ideas and common designs for attic conversions:

  • New master or guest bedroom
  • New bedroom with en-suite
  • Bathroom
  • Living room/Den
  • Office/Study
  • Playroom

Guest bedrooms and bathrooms are very common, and with a rise in people working from home, home offices are being requested in ever greater numbers. Loft conversions are especially great for young families who can’t afford to make that move to a bigger house, an extra room gives that additional space that’s desperately required for a growing household. All loft extensions that we undertake are based on the needs of our clients.

Converting your loft can be a perfect upgrade to your house, creating a functional new space and a new look for your house. Modern Attics has years of professional experience in building loft conversions in all areas of London. To learn more about how we could help you refresh your home, please contact us on 020 7254 5222, or email us at info@Modern

Contemporary Loft Conversions – North London Specialists

Contemporary Loft Conversions – North London Specialists

If you need extra space in your house, converting your loft is perhaps the most effective way to do it. Creating a contemporary loft conversion may be something you want to do because you need some space for a hobby, or it can be a project that means your family can have the extra living space it needs. From simple loft conversions to more complex projects, Modern Attics we can help you realise your dream.

We are the experts when it comes to construction of any kind

We are the leading North London loft conversions specialists and we can provide the best end results, whether you want your loft to be seamlessly integrated into an important part of your home or whether you want a secluded space for yourself. Whatever loft conversion ideas you have in mind, we can help you with it.

Why we are the best loft conversion companies in North London

We have been in the construction business for a number of years and we have learned all the ins and outs by sheer hard work. When you hire us, you can expect your contemporary loft conversion to be something that exceeds your expectations. We can help you create more space in your home in the easiest and most affordable way possible. Our architectural experts can help you come up with ideas, both spectacular and simple, that will help you convert your loft into something that is useful and practical. Over the years, we have developed loft conversions for scores of people and we promise we can do a great job for you as well.

Our services

We offer a variety of loft conversion services depending on your needs and budget. Apart from this, we also offer other construction services:

  • Home extensions
  • Basements
  • New builds

Why hire us?

We are a fully qualified and insured company and when you hire us, you get peace of mind because we do everything: from getting building permissions to presenting you with your converted loft. You don’t have to worry about a thing and we not disappoint you either.

For a loft conversion or home extension in North London or any other kind of construction or building requirement, call us at 020 8200 9924 or email us at