John and Julia bought their three-bedroom house in the heart of Teddington because they wanted to start a family and saw its potential for expansion. ‘We were planning and thinking about what could be done during our first viewing of the property,’ Julia explains. After three years in their home, they needed more space to accommodate their growing family and guests, and decided to turn it into a four-bedroom. To create this extra bedroom, the couple pictured an extension of the existing loft, which comprised a guest bedroom and bathroom. As the couple work from home on certain days, the fourth bedroom could also serve as a home office.
The couple's key requirements included maximising the space available in the loft and creating more storage- this would mean renovating the guest bedroom and bathroom. Julia and John also wished to transform their ground floor kitchen, envisioning an open, light-filled space. They had seen a Landmark Lofts banner on a property near their previous home in Wimbledon, and were also impressed by the Landmark Lofts website, and decided to get in touch for a free design consultation.
Landmark Lofts worked with Julia and John to create their dream home. As they wished to create an fourth bedroom on the top floor, the process involved an extension of the existing dormer to house the extra bedroom. As Julia felt that the guest bedroom was cramped, the renovation saw the reconfiguration of the loft’s layout, in order maximise the space available. This meant relocating the bathroom to make it directly accessible to both the guest bedroom and the additional bedroom. Julia is impressed that as well as improving the property’s central heating system, Landmark Lofts also created more storage space in the guest bedroom.
To replace their old water tank system and old boiler with a Valliant combination boiler, two water cylinders were removed; one from the first floor bathroom and the second from the loft eaves. Happy with this tailored approach, Julia says, ‘Previously, there was no eaves storage because of the water tank. Now it has been removed, we’ve got eaves storage for all our suitcases, baby stuff and ski equipment.’ She adds that a small cupboard was installed in the space which had previously been occupied by the shower, and is pleased to have gained the extra storage space. Happy with the performance of the build team, Julia says, ‘Lenard was very good, and as he was easy to reach, the communication was great.’
The transformation of John and Julia’s property in Teddington saw a refurbishment and an extension of the existing dormer and a renovation of the kitchen, and the couple are delighted. Just as the couple envisioned, the loft comprises a newly refurbished guest bedroom, a fourth bedroom, and a bathroom. Featuring large Velux windows, the cosy guest room is light-filled and offers plenty of storage space in the eaves. Julia says, ‘Guests can feel comfortable upstairs because they’ve got the floor to themselves.’
The guest bedroom features a simple and stylish design. 'It’s certainly not finished. I don’t ever think it will be finished,’ Julia laughs, 'But I do love the simplicity of furniture and trying to bring in more light into this quite dark Victorian terraced house.’ The fourth room currently serves as a home office and the couple are pleased that they have a quiet space on the top floor where they can work.
Friends who have visited have been ‘very impressed with the light that the loft brings in.’ Julia reveals that last year when guests and family came to visit, they ‘barely had anywhere to put a suitcase.’ However, the refurbishment and dormer extension have ‘opened up the living space’ in the loft. The new kitchen also boasts a flawless finish and to the couple’s delight, it is bathed in natural light due to floor to ceiling bi-fold doors and large Velux windows.
Happy that the decided to renovate and extend their existing loft, Julia says:
‘It’s a no brainer to do a loft conversion if you’re looking to stay in your property. It can increase your square footage significantly.’
Landmark Lofts is part of the Landmark Group - the only group in London specialising in the project management of loft conversions, extensions and refurbishments to include a Chartered Building Company (CIOB), Chartered Architectural Practice (RIBA) and to be regulated by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). The Landmark Group specialises in the project management of loft conversions, extensions and refurbishments.