July 24,2018

Homes & Gardens - August 2018

The mantra from storage virtuoso Barbara Genda instructs anyone embarking on a loft conversion to think about storage at the design stage or early in the construction. Specify socket and light positions too, as changing them later is expensive. The point that people forget, Barbara says, is that there's a lot of eaves space in most lofts that isn't useable for anything but storage because of the lack of head height. Making small alterations to the positions of the joists and setting Velux windows higher up the roof can deliver space for drawers, shelves and hanging shorter items. Always work out how much full-length garment hanging space you'll need. To get around this in one loft bedroom, Barbara installed wardrobes as a room divider, with clothes accessed on one side and the bed against the back of the wardrobes.