“My dream was to have a loft conversion; my aunt had one when I was really young, and I loved it,” says Michelle Gayle, a 33 year-old pharmacist who lives in a terrace in fashionable East London.
Many residents in the London Borough of Lambeth have previously found their dreams of loft conversions or home extensions stifled by red tape, bureaucracy and alleged inconsistencies in approving planning applications for home alterations.
Katy and Michael, both 34, live in a Victorian terrace on the Shaftesbury Estate in Battersea, surrounded by little railway cottages.
Katy, an interior designer, bought the three-bedroom, one-bathroom property herself in 2007 and rented it out. In 2011 she and Michael, who works for a Real Estate development company, moved in when they were expecting their first child, now two-and-a-half. They gutted the house and put on a side return, but last year, with their second little boy on the way, they urgently needed more space.
At Landmark Lofts we know that problems can occur over Christmas, which is why we are operating an emergency service over the holidays. You can contact us for emergencies and out of hours by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
However, some of the office will be using the holidays to visit family abroad, soak up some sun and even change their lives!