Having lived in their mid-terrace home with three children for eight years, Francesca and Luca felt that the walls were closing in. ‘We were treading on each others’ toes,’ says Francesca. Although they briefly considered upsizing, they were happy in their current home and so decided to stay and extend upwards. Francesca explains, ‘It’s in a great location and it’s very convenient as my husband works nearby.’ Initially there were four bedrooms in the property; two double rooms and two smaller-sized singles. The couple wished to add a master bedroom, a storage room and a bathroom on the top floor for themselves. By moving up, they would also free up a room on the first floor to accommodate guests. They noticed Landmark Lofts banners in the area and had a look at the Landmark Lofts website. Impressed, they contacted Landmark Lofts to convert their attic and bring their vision to life.
Landmark Lofts worked in tandem with Francesca and Luca to create a tailored loft. The in-house architect presented drawings based on the couple’s desire to incorporate a storage room in the new loft. However, in order to maximise space in the bedroom, the architect suggested built-in wardrobes as an alternative to an entirely separate storage room. The couple appreciated the team’s consultative approach. Francesca explains that they really wanted a glass skylight, yet it seemed as though it wouldn’t be possible. She liked that they worked closely with Pete from Landmark Lofts to ensure the skylight was glass and not plastic, as they had discussed initially. She adds that their project manager kept them informed at every stage and when issues arose, he was very ‘responsive, punctual and helpful.’
In describing their loft conversion journey she says:
‘It was a very smooth-running project throughout.'
The loft conversion added an exceptionally bright and spacious master bedroom and an en-suite bathroom to the top floor of Luca and Francesca’s house. Finished to the highest standards, the new loft turned their four-bedroom property into a five-bedroom and the couple are happy that the new space is ‘very comfortable.’
The flawlessly finished master bedroom offers plenty of storage in the eaves and built-in wardrobes. Three large Velux windows bathe the room in natural light and the windows are undressed, which serve to create the feeling of openness in the room. To enhance the spacious feel, the couple opted for minimalist furnishing, but chose to paint the walls grey to add a warm touch.
Delighted with the finish in new loft, she adds:
'The new loft really demonstrates Landmark Lofts' attention to detail.'
Although Luca and Francesca have kept the décor simple in the bedroom, Francesca explains that a new bathroom presented an opportunity for her to create something extraordinary. She did this by combining contemporary design with Moroccan charm. In this gorgeous en-suite, the tiles boast an exotic, Moroccan-inspired pattern, adding a luxurious touch to the loft. Happy that they have a bathroom to themselves, Francesca laughs, ‘We have our own bathroom so there are fewer arguments in the morning when we get ready.’ Now, their children benefit from having a separate bathroom on the first floor. What’s more, there’s a spare room for visiting family and friends, and everyone who has visited the family ‘really likes the property.’
On their decision to undertake a loft conversion, Francesca says:
‘It was the best decision for us, as we didn’t want to move. If you don’t want to move, converting your loft is definitely the best thing.’
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.