A modular loft conversion creates a sense of serenity | Landmark Lofts

We spoke to Ian and Kate who chose a modular loft conversion to give them more space for their growing family, without the disruption of a traditional build...

Tell us about your local neighbourhood and home…
“We’ve been in this area for around eight years. It's pretty residential, there's lots of greenery and a really nice community feel with street parties. Before the project, our house had three bedrooms (one with a very small bathroom) and a main bathroom.”

Did you need more space then?
“Yes. With a six-year-old daughter, Aida, and baby Gus who is only 15 months, we wanted them both to have their own room – and retain the guest room. After 15 months, it’ll be nice to have our bedroom back!”

Had you considered moving to a bigger property?
“We looked at moving out of London at one stage but it still needed to be commutable. And we wouldn't have been able to afford moving to a bigger place locally. Not to mention the sheer cost of moving…”

Did you have a loft conversion in mind when you bought the house originally?
“There are a few on the street that had already done it – so we knew the potential existed. That was actually the draw of the house but, initially, we considered converting the basement.”

What made you decide on this project now?
“It was definitely prompted by needing more space because of the baby. But also about adding value to the property – with the cost to return on investment, it's the best thing you can do. We decided on a modular loft because we didn't want builders in the house for ages and ages.”

So how did you hear about Landmark Lofts?
Initially via Google and then we were both impressed by the Landmark presentation. It felt professional and reassured us that the quality and standard would be good.”

Did you have any initial concerns about having a modular loft?
“No, we've always been relatively early adopters to things. We wondered about the weight of it on the house but it was lighter than a conventional loft anyway. Our research found that modular is much more common elsewhere in Europe.”

Did you have any planning issues?
“No, we only needed permitted development, so didn't need to actually submit plans. Landmark just sorted it out with Lambeth easily.”

How did you find your initial design consultation?
“We thought the team was really thorough. And so we had several conversations with them during the project.”

How involved were you in the process?
“As we can be quite detail oriented, we were making a few adjustments up to the last minute, like the roof light.”

So, the team was quite flexible in giving you what you wanted?
“Definitely. They were very amenable with our visions – everyone was happy to make it work.”

Did you have a particular interior design style or theme in mind?
Uncluttered, calm, serene and peaceful... We wanted lots of light which is why we opted for a larger Juliet balcony window, as suggested. Overall, we aspire to a mid-century feel for this house.”

What most impressed you most about the whole process?
“All the craning work on installation day – the actual build was actually fairly straightforward.”

Did you watch it?
“Yes, we took videos! Lots of neighbours were amazed and came onto the street to watch, uploading footage onto Facebook.”

How has the loft changed life for you and your family?
“It’ll be amazing for Gus to have his own room and for us to get our space back. Having another bathroom in the house makes a huge difference, too.”

What advice would you give to anyone thinking of having modular loft conversion?
“Think about light and shade. And we’d recommend an electric roof window for extra light and ventilation. And we’d certainly recommend Landmark Modular, especially in terms of speed and efficiency. Given how quickly it’s all come together, it’s really amazing to add a whole different dimension to the house. In addition, we think Landmark are relatively competitive price wise.”

Finally… Looking at your new loft, how does it make you feel?
“It’s nice to feel that we’ve got the space we wanted. Looking over towards Crystal Palace and Dulwich Woods is like a view onto the world. There’s a real sense of serenity.”

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.

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