…is probably one of the most famous lines from the book of Genesis in the Bible. I could be wrong of course, not exactly an expert, nor am I religious.
If you’ve been following my blog for some time now, you might have read in a past post (specifically posts from last year), that the year before that, we put our house up for sale. By January 2014, we’ve had several viewings and the next month got and accepted an offer. Then the sale went pfft right before our very eyes.
My husband and I were heartbroken, especially since we were looking forward to moving into our new home in Crackington Haven, another small village near where we currently live right now. While it wasn’t exactly our dream house, it ticked all the boxes. The extra room which we want to turn into a study, a bigger garden, a downstairs cloakroom and the bonus was, it had a huge garage.
Yep, but that’s all in the past now. Currently we are still living in a terraced two bedroom house with a small garden, which isn’t really so bad. But we are desperate for a study, as some of you may know, my husband works with the OU (Open University) as a lecturer in History. At the moment, we have the bureau in our bedroom and shelves upon shelves of his history books, since he has ran out of shelf space in our bedroom, some of his books can also be found on our bookshelves in the living room. The dream is to have a study where he could keep all his history books together, so when he’s working, he doesn’t have to keep running back and forth from the bedroom to the living room trying to find a particular reference book he needs for work. Yes, it is a bit chaotic.
Since we were utterly disheartened from the disappointment of the sale of our house. We didn’t have the heart to go through all of it again. Our little house isn’t that bad. In fact, we love it. So we thought, why not just do an attic conversion instead and make that into a study?
Our wounds quickly healed and excitement ensued as we hired an architect to foresee the conversion. At first though, he wasn’t convinced it was possible, but when he went up our attic he was pleasantly surprised with how big it was.
When he left, I was bubbling with excitement and quickly got my home magazines out and started flipping through them for some inspiration. Then we saw this spread and we both were in love:
Can you imagine working on your desk, looking up and seeing breathtaking countryside views? For a couple of months, my husband was daydreaming about looking out these windows, while sipping his first morning cup of coffee before switching on his computer to get to work. As you can see the marking tape I put on a year ago is still there.
And we were sold on these windows. The company VELUX has a variety of different kinds of window styles or even light tunnels to choose from, when converting an attic, or simply adding a window to a very dark room or even a corridor to add more light. And as everyone knows, they have a very good reputation for their high-quality products and superb service.
This is one of my faves, although it will be used in a study/guest bedroom, not a bathroom, though of course you’d probably have to install some roof blinds or even blackout blinds which will be so handy in the summer.
The only problem was our stairs was in the wrong way and for it to be approved, we’d have to move our staircase, re-plan the layout of our living room and our bedroom. Everything seemed promising till the plans were drawn.
For us to have our dream-attic conversion with lovely windows from VELUX, we would have to change the position of our staircase, move it in front of our front-door, so in case of a fire, it would be an easy way out. If we don’t do that, we’d never get planning permission. Moving the staircase would mean that it would use up space in our living room and also the stairs leading up to the loft-conversion would also use up space in our bedroom, and this would also mean that we’d have to move the bathroom too.
We were willing to go through all that, even though when added up all together, moving into a new house would somehow come out cheaper. I guess what really popped our bubble was when our architect said that in spite all these wonderful and lovely plans, with windows that would open to breathtaking views, if in the future we intend to sell, it would never be marketed as a three bedroom house. In the end, it will always be a two bedroom house with a lovely attic conversion.
You may ask, what’s the problem with that? Nothing but the real deal-breaker was, if we ever do manage to sell in the future, we won’t be able to get the money spent for that glorious active conversion back. At the end of the day, it all boils down to money. And no one wants to lose any – right?
With a bit of a heavy heart, we put our house back in the market lat Autumn. As of writing, we haven’t had a single viewing. I’m still hoping for some light at the end of this very long and dreary tunnel, who knows? We might just see it soon 😉 So I say, let there be light!
What about you?
Have you had any attic conversion?
What kind of windows did you use?