If you own a house with a loft, turn it into an extra living room or bedroom and increase the value of your home.

If you own a house with a loft, turn it into an extra living room or bedroom and increase the value of your home.

 

With the Kenya Homes Expo having just concluded, many have plans to own homes or renovate theirs.

One of the issues that most home owners have to contend with, however, is how to maintain the value of their property.

One of the best ways to make your home stand out and add to its value – should you need to resell it or use it as collateral in the future – is to turn the unused attic into a livable space.

Not only does this increase the square footage of the home, it also significantly raises the value.

Have you ever thought of how a loft – that dark, cobweb filled, no-go zone in your home – could be converted into the extra room you have always dreamt of?

There really is a lot of space hidden away at the top of your house. And you can use tricks of the trade to overcome the space and shape constraints.

Use full length mirrors to help create an illusion of space in a small attic room. Mirrors can also cover up unattractive corners.

Another common design trick used to create a feeling of space is to paint the loft walls in light pastel colors.

Choose furniture made of light wood. Do not clutter the room; give ample breathing space between different pieces.

Use light fabrics to keep the loft airy and bright.

Turn the attic into a haven of art by hanging photographs, collages and other pieces.

For a traditional look, hang wooden frames with old photographs, or put up contemporary paintings for a modern twist.

Make sure you use some low lamps or chandeliers to light up the space.

Most attics have slopped ceiling and awkward layouts. Use them to put in book shelves and storage. This will help store your necessities and keep the feel uncluttered.

Also, it is advisable to install an attic fan since the room can get stuffy during the hot months.

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