When John and Florence bought their mid-terrace property in Fulham, they saw a house that they could eventually renovate and sell. Initially, there were three bedrooms and one bathroom, but they wanted to fully utilize the space available in the attic to create "something clean, neutral and peaceful." They wished to add an extra bedroom and bathroom to their home, with a main goal to increase the value of their house.
The couple wanted to work with a company that would be realistic in terms of what could be achieved, but also be transparent. Having seen a Landmark Lofts banner on scaffolding on a street nearby, they contacted Landmark Lofts for a design consultation. They also discovered the wonderful news that they were expecting a baby, and so were even keener to go ahead, as with a new addition to the family, they would benefit from having more room.
Having previously refurbished properties, John and Florence approached Landmark Lofts with a good sense of what they wanted, and worked in tandem with the team to ensure a tailored outcome. They felt confident working with a design consultant, who proposed "great ideas" and suggested a choice of either one bedroom and a bathroom, or two bedrooms. Florence adds that their project manager was ‘super efficient’ and their build team were ‘realistic and honest.”
Landmark Lofts’ in-house architects also worked closely with the couple. John and Florence had drawn inspiration from a house they had seen and showed the floor plans to the architects, who created a design to fully maximise the space available in the attic. This would involve lowering the ceilings in two bedrooms and the main hallway on the floor below the attic.
"We just wanted to do as much as possible with the space and Landmark Lofts was great in achieving that."
Atypically, Florence was keen to convert both the main attic and the rear side of the attic. While other companies said it wouldn’t be easy, Landmark Lofts advised that it would be challenging as two authorisations would be needed, but made the applications. The necessary permissions were: Planning permission to build a mansard over the main loft for a bedroom, and also, Permitted development (COL) for the dormer over the rear addition for a dressing area and bathroom.
The new development has created a beautiful loft that includes a bedroom, bathroom and dressing area. John and Florence are extremely happy with the new space which is a mix of contemporary and cosy, and has "changed everything" for the family. The light-filled bedroom features two Velux windows and one sash window, and the white walls give the room and airy feel. Although the room offers plenty storage in the eaves, the couple also plan to include bespoke storage in the alcoves to add a special touch.
The sizeable bathroom is an unexpected surprise and combines beauty with function. She shares that visitors have particularly loved the contemporary style bathroom, as the combination of having additional space and creating something modern in an old house is refreshing. She suggests that homeowners tend to think because they buy a Victorian house, they have to keep the decor traditional. Florence feels that you "can make it modern inside and have the best of both worlds."
Now complete, the new loft has many uses, possibly more than originally expected! This addition serves as not only a guest room, but a parents' retreat. Florence remarks, "When you’re upstairs there’s no noise. It’s really special you’re in your own world." Based on this experience, the couple would like to buy another house and do the same thing on a bigger scale with Landmark Lofts.
To anyone considering converting their loft, Florence says:
"Go ahead. With a company like Landmark, you will always have an answer."
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.