If you have the Grand Designs bug but have what most of us would consider a normal budget for a construction project, maybe an attic conversion for your Ilkeston property could satisfy your inner Kevin McCloud?

Yahoo Finance UK has put together some top tips for householders looking to make the most of their uppermost space – and the wow factor could be in a special feature such as a Juliet balcony.

The news site recommends exploring the idea of a Juliet balcony for great air flow and light – the two things your loft conversion will need to fully transform it from forgotten storage space, into luxurious living and sleeping quarters.

As well as keeping the colour pallet fresh and neutral to take you as far as possible from ‘attic’ territory, householders with a little imagination are asked to think about whether a bathroom would be just the ticket for their new room?

If the loft conversion will become a TV room or office, a simple WC is all you need, but if this is going to be a luxurious new master bedroom or guest room, the added convenience of a shower will always be worth exploring.

The Daily Telegraph recently reported that you can bring more light into dark spaces at home using techniques such as clearstorey high level strips of window positioned below ceiling level.

Not only is this a great way of brightening a space, but it is more economical than having skylights installed.