Having lived in the one bedroom flat for six years and with a little one on the way, Rachel and Ian opted to move, but saw the value in creating an additional bedroom and bathroom in the flat. They decided to build up and rent the property as a two bedroom. The next step was finding a company to project manage the loft build, and for Rachel, no hidden costs and trust were key factors for making her decision.
Landmark Lofts advertising in local magazines sparked Rachel’s interest, and she also noticed a branded banner on some scaffolding nearby. The neighbour with the scaffolding who was converting her loft invited Rachel to have a look, and being a visual person, she said this was the decider. Impressed with what she saw, she decided to get in touch.
With a clear vision of what they wanted to achieve within this property, Rachel and Ian worked very closely with Landmark Lofts. Given this property was having a full facelift ahead of being rented out, we created a design that would maximise space and also storage. The project manager checked in regularly and ensured transparency at all points. Rachel found him to be extremely helpful, saying ‘he was methodical and he was always easy to get in contact with.’
As the flat is in a conservation area, Landmark Lofts worked according to the regulations- slate walls formed the external finish of the new loft. The couple also met with a Landmark Lofts in-house architect who advised on points like staircase location, installing the large Velux windows and also, that they capitalise on the wonderful view. The loft takes the experience of the flat to another level, offering not only a superb garden view from glazing casement windows in the bedroom, but also an incredible view encompassing Wembley Arch and the London Eye.
An unexpected room with a view! Once construction began, Rachel and Ian realised the new loft had a fantastic view of London city and this was what they were ‘most pleased’ with as they didn’t know it was there. The mansard conversion created a spacious sunny loft and a small stylish en-suite at the top of what was a small one bedroom flat, which can now be rented out and sold for more than originally planned. The new loft is accessible by stairs from the open kitchen and lounge room, and a roof dome above the stairway measuring 600m x 600mm floods the area with natural light.
With little storage space available in the flat, having room in the loft was really important and Rachel said it was ‘nice to still have the big under eaves storage, so they didn’t lose the loft space.’ Rachel was particularly impressed with the en-suite bathroom and said they’d often seen properties ‘where the loft looks really great and the bathrooms aren’t, because people got greedy with the space and squeezed in the bathrooms.’ Whilst showing potential tenants through the newly refurbished flat, Rachel found ‘people were really pleased to find somewhere with two bedrooms, both with en-suites, and both good sizes.’
Because of the new loft, Rachel and Ian have doubled the amount of rent and also added significant value to their property for the future. As far as this sleek south west London property is concerned, the owners never planned to put their own stamp on it- keeping the loft light, bright and understated was a deliberate move. To anyone considering undertaking a loft conversion, Rachel says:
‘Go for it! I think I’ve been struck by how much extra space you get. I mean, here it’s probably nearly 50% extra on the footprint. We are really pleased with how it has turned out!’
It’s hardly a surprise then that two tenants are moving into the flat shortly after the project was completed.
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.