When Emile and his partner bought their first home together, he could see the potential right away. Their first floor flat in a semi-detached house in West Acton had a master bedroom, a small single bedroom, a bathroom and a dine-in kitchen towards the back, all on the same floor. But it also included a loft, and the couple came up with an exciting plan for it. They decided to transform it into a huge open-plan kitchen and living area, which would increase the size of their property enormously. After securing planning permission, a party wall agreement, and getting plans drawn up with their own architect, they started approaching loft conversion companies for a quote.
Emile said that:
"We always knew what we wanted to do was quite ambitious, and no-one in our street had done it."
The couple found Landmark online, and we were one of a number of companies contacted for a quote. To their surprise, many never got back to them, and of those that did, Emile says that Landmark were ‘the most eager, the most hungry for the project,’ while providing a competitive quote.
Although Emile already had an architectural plan, Landmark drew up their own version of the plans, and made several alterations. The stairs were particularly important. The couple were determined to have a staircase which opened out directly into the kitchen space, but had been told that it wasn’t possible or that there would have to be expensive extras installed to make it compliant with building regulations. However, Landmark strived to ensure their vision could be achieved within the rules, and were able to deliver.
The final result is an expansive, stylish open-plan kitchen and living space which wouldn’t look out of place in a much larger home. Huge glass double doors give the loft a real wow factor and provide an excellent view across west London. Combined with four Velux windows, these also ensure plenty of light streams into the loft. With their kitchen, dining table and a sofa all in the same room, the loft has now supplanted their old living room as their favourite place to relax and socialise with friends and family. Meanwhile, having the kitchen moved into the loft has allowed them to add a new double bedroom on the first floor, and altogether the conversion has added an impressive amount of value to their property.
The couple are delighted with how their loft has turned out. Emile says he is ‘really happy... we always knew what we wanted was ambitious, and maybe even impossible, but to actually achieve it has been really satisfying,’ and that ‘we would never be able to afford moving somewhere else to have this much space.’ He advises anyone who is considering a loft conversion to be clear on what they want, and to be unafraid to ask questions. Their project proves that with vision, determination and the right partners, you can achieve superb results.
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.