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Small Dormer Bedroom Ideas To Inspire Your Creative Muse

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Whether your family has grown and you want stay in your current home or you are hoping to improve the value of your house, the addition of a dormer loft conversion is very often a great idea.

For around £30,000 you can build an entirely new room in your loft, and with even a small dormer, the improvement can add significant space.

So, if you have only a small dormer, with all of the sloping roof and awkward spaces that that entails, how do you make the most of it and what bedroom ideas are going to be best for your family? It’s time to explore all options…

Will It Add Value?

A study carried out by Nationwide Building Society recently discovered that adding a new loft room to your home can add as much as 22% to its value. This is great news for anyone who is wondering if the cost of a loft extension will be returned to you.

When you think about how much it costs to move house, with estate agents fees and the prices of houses increasing all the time – you may well find that you will make money by simply staying where you are and building a small dormer bedroom instead.

The addition of a loft room can also work to balance your internal living space. This might mean that you can move from 3 to 4 bedrooms to match with the large living and kitchen areas downstairs.

If you have a conservatory, the construction of a dormer room can allow your home to match living space with bedroom spaceand means it will be more suitable for a larger family. This all adds to it value.

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One of the most important aspects of buildings regulations is the energy efficiency of the room. This means that they will insist on excellent insulation. Spray foam insulation is a great idea in a small room such as this.

Will I Need Planning Permission?

Your new loft room is likely to be able to be built without the need of planning permission. As long as it it is less than 40 to 50 metres squared in addition to the current space it will come under permitted development.

This means that all you will need is to be checked by Buildings Regulations before it is signed off. They will ask that you ensure enough head height, build safe stairs, have an opening of some kind for a fire escape and that the floor has been strengthened.

One of the most important aspects of buildings regulations is the energy efficiency of the room. This means that they will insist on excellent insulation. Spray foam insulation is a great idea in a small room such as this.

Small dormers are likely to have restricted head room and the fact that you can get full insulation protection from just 100mm of material, compared to 270mm for mineral wool insulation, means that you can get the head height that you need.

Spray foam is also quick to apply and will not interfere with your decorative or design ideas.

What Is A Dormer?

A dormer is a construction that sits on the side of your roof, jutting out from the loft room. It provides extra floor space within the room, a window opening that can used as a fire escape and often extra head height to allow for better positioning of the stairs.

It can usually be built without any other changes to the roof structure and is perfect for making the most of the loft room. With a dormer, you may be able to incorporate a bathroom as well as a bedroom, even in a small space.

A dormer may cost you slightly more than the simple change of the loft into a bedroom, but it is often very worthwhile and in a small space, it could be the difference between being able to complete the project or not.

This is especially the case if the head height at the top of the stairs is not sufficient. The dormer can allow that extra room right where you need it.

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Getting light into a small bedroom can sometimes be a challenge, and with a dormer bedroom that may be even more tricky. The dormer itself can be opened up as much as possible by using a window balcony

Dormer Bedroom Ideas: 7 Savvy Suggestions

So if you have plans for a small dormer bedroom, what are the best ideas to make the most of the space and to build a room that will be truly useful?

Here’s 7 savvy suggestions to offer some food for thought:

Idea No.1: Incorporate Cubby Holes For Additional Storage:

Storage is one of the main considerations in any small bedroom, and in the case of a a dormer bedroom, your options are even more limited by the strange angles of the roof line.

If you have been careful about the insulation you have chosen, you will find that you can build storage right up to the outside walls, without any fear of your possessions becoming damp. By building into the floor and roof angle, you can create cubby holes, and even full size wardrobes with ease.

Idea No.2: Create An Additional Bathroom:

You can always choose to add a bathroom to your dormer bedroom – even under the eaves of the roof. By insulating with open celled spray foam, you can ensure that there is enough head height to be able to stand comfortably, and utilise this previously dead space.

You may choose to add only a bath, but if you position it carefully, you can have amazing views even when lying down. Remember that spray foam insulation will help with the damp issues you may get from having a bathroom in such an enclosed space.

Idea No.3: Use A Window Balcony:

Getting light into a small bedroom can sometimes be a challenge, and with a dormer bedroom that may be even more tricky. The dormer itself can be opened up as much as possible by using a window balcony.

These windows offer floor to ceiling openings, but they provide a balcony space when opened. This encourages more light inside, and provides a place to sit and watch the world go by. You can also add velux type windows too if you so desire.

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By using spray foam to give you that extra head height, you may find that your loft space can become a new bedroom, when previously it was nothing more than a place to store your Christmas tree!

Idea No.4: Add In A Window Seat:

To make the most of the dormer space, no matter how small, you can build a window seat to provide extra seating space.

This can also have storage underneath to really maximise the area, and capitalise on the confines of the space.

Idea No.5: Use Lighter Shades To Give The Illusion Of Additional Space:

To make the space seem larger you can decorate in light and bright colours. The ceiling and walls can be painted white to really bring out the best of the room.

This can be further complemented by using light soft furnishings, enabling you to create a light and bright space that seems much bigger than it actually is.

Idea No.6: Offset The Stair Treads To Make It Narrower:

You really don’t want to take up space by adding in a huge stairwell. Regulations for the stairway do stipulate the width and tread depth for safety, but there are many ways around this.

You can offset the stair treads to make it narrower or have it coming up into the middle of the room to ensure enough head height. The main consideration is safety when it comes to stairs and bear in mind that fire restrictions may mean that you will need a fire rated door at the top or bottom landing.

Idea No.7: Play Around With Design:

The design to the dormer itself can also influence how big the room feels inside. You can go for an eyebrow or curved style, a peaked style or one that is simply a box.

These choices will depend on the aesthetic look you want from the outside of your home, your budget and the amount of head height you want inside. The squared off box style will always offer more room – but is the least attractive.

Your dormer bedroom can be a usable and useful space, even if it is small. The dormer will provide that extra room, while the design features it allows will bring the space to life.

By using spray foam to give you that extra head height, you may find that your loft space can become a new bedroom, when previously it was nothing more than a place to store your Christmas tree!

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