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the most of an un­usual shaped ceil­ing or in­ter­est­ing beams. Con­sider us­ing con­ser­va­tory-style win­dows or glass pan­elling. You can en­joy bet­ter views from your loft – out of sight of your nosy neigh­bours 2Ask

your­self if there is enough head room. En­list pro­fes­sional struc­tural ad­vice be­fore start­ing your con­ver­sion. There are plan­ning is­sues to con­sider and they are all much more tricky if you have a listed build­ing. 3Loft

con­ver­sions are eco­nomic com­pared to build­ing back­wards or cre­at­ing a base­ment as most of the struc­ture is al­ready in place. 4They

are also very good for en­ergy con­ser­va­tion. By im­prov­ing the roof space of your house, your en­ergy bills pro rata will go down. 5Where

to po­si­tion the stair­case is a key is­sue. If you can’t fit the stairs in, it is im­pos­si­ble to do a loft con­ver­sion. Ideally you want them to be above the ex­ist­ing stair­case but this is not al­ways pos­si­ble. Tips from Gre­gory Phillips Ar­chi­tects: 0207 724 3040; www. gre­go­ JL j

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