Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Property Clinic

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Property Clinic

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Q. My husband and I have decided to convert our loft space into a bedroom equipped with an en suite.

I would quite like a traditional theme or something similar to get that homely feel. Do you have any tips to make it an enviable room which all our guests can enjoy?

MICHELLE says: "A loft conversion adds class and, if done correctly, significant value to your home. Make the most of your available space by choosing colours and furnishings that are soft and subtle, but don't hold back as there's plenty of themes to consider.

My top tips are:

For a bedroom that oozes charm consider a country cottage theme with a four poster bed and solid wood furniture. A Mediterranean look is another option, using cast iron furnishings and accessories.

Maximise natural light by opting for lighter colours such as whites or creams which will reflect daylight all year round and bring dark corners to life.

Make the most of your available space by opting for a divan bed with its additional storage space.

For risen or four poster beds, wicker baskets are a nice idea to keep in mind as they can be easily placed underneath.

Ensure that the theme flows from the bedroom to the bathroom by using similar colours and styles. Why not incorporate brass taps and, if room permits, an old style bath and shower combination?

Some finishing touches to consider could include a wooden chest, for spare sheets and blankets, and perhaps a decorative radiator cover. Dried flowers placed in a vase is another charming addition. In the bathroom add some chunky towels and fresh bath mats.

Q. We're going to be putting our house on the market in the next couple of months but want an idea of costs involved. Can you tell us more about what we will need to pay for throughout the process?

DAVE says: There are many unexpected costs involved but here's a brief summary of the various costs you have to consider:

Estate agent's fees - charges vary so it's worth checking on fees in your local area and meeting a few estate agents before you appoint one. …

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