To make the most of your living space and get the home you've always dreamed of, there is one golden rule: don't move, improve! For most of us, buying a house is the biggest investment we will ever make. Good conversions cost money too, but they are also a sure-fire way of not only dramatically improving the quality of your living space, but also considerably increasing the value of your property. We demand a huge amount from our modern-day homes: space, comfort, room to work, play, entertain and have a family. Reworking what you already have can often be the best solution. By rethinking layout, converting redundant space or expanding up, down or out, you can make the most of basements, cellars, attics and garages to suit your changing lifestyle and needs, without spending a fortune moving. Converted has all the practical information you'll need, from dealing with budgets and schedules to tackling legal issues, as well as ideas and inspiration for making the most of your valuable space.
With separate chapters looking at lofts, basements, side and rear extensions, and outbuilding conversions, plus individual case studies showing various schemes in practice, Converted opens up a whole new world of possibilities for your home.
Elizabeth Wilhide is the author and co-author of many acclaimed books on design and interiors. Her books include William Morris: Decor and Design, The Mackintosh Style, The Flooring Book and Lighting, and as contributing editor Terence Conran on Design, The Essential House Book and Easy Living. She lives in east London with her husband, an architect, and their two children.