Renovating a home when you’ve got a newborn baby to look after might seem quite a challenge. But, for Philip and Sarah, a new loft conversion was an exciting opportunity to create a more spacious and beautiful home for their growing family. The project involved transforming a four bedroom, two bathroom terraced house into a luxurious five bedroom, three bathroom property. Their vision was to create a simple and elegant third floor, illuminated by brilliant natural light.
“We’d seen a lot of local properties with loft conversions but we weren’t keen on either the quality or the impact on those houses,” explains Sarah.
The couple had already done a lot of work on their house and wanted to be closely involved in any loft project and to shape it themselves rather than just inheriting standard designs. “The main objective was greater space because it felt like we were living on top of each other,” adds Sarah. “And we knew that a loft conversion would add value to the house which was important, too.”
With a keen interest in property and having friends involved in commercial building, Philip and Sarah had been aware of the modular loft option for a long time. They also had a neighbour who had endured the struggle of a nine-month conversion loft conversion project with another company – which they were determined to avoid.
“When we talked to Landmark Lofts, the offsite built modular approach was a really interesting proposition,” reveals Sarah.“The company was well-referenced and well reviewed and their approach felt transparent and honest. I was very clear that we wanted to make this ours and needed flexible design ideas. We also wanted something that could be done really quickly.”
The potential efficiency of the construction was a major consideration for Philip, too: “The main reason we opted for Landmark was a combination of the company’s transparency, approach and the swiftness that they could complete the entire process.”
It was important to both Philip and Sarah that they were closely involved in all aspects of the design. Throughout the project, the Landmark team ensured the couple put their own stamp on the finished project – so it met all their exacting requirements.
“Yes, I know I’m a bit of a control freak,” admits Sarah. “We needed to get it exactly right!”
During the construction schedule, the couple found the first phase ‘quite simple’ and ‘spectacular’. Overall, they were impressed by Landmark’s approach and attitude. “The team were very responsive and quick to resolve things,” reports Philip.
Following completion, how would the couple rate their new loft?
“We’re 100% happy," smiles Philip. “The finished work is amazing and it’s actually even better than we expected. Visitors have commented that it’s an amazing space. We absolutely love it and are spending much more time in it than we imagined. Having a separate luxurious bathroom without children's toys everywhere also makes a real difference.”
Sarah loves the interior design mood of ‘luxurious calm’ that has subsequently been created. “We don't really need any artwork because we’ve got all those big picture windows – on a beautiful day, the blossom trees and beautiful blue skies are all around us.”
Overall, The White Company was a major influence on the interior design. The couple wanted it be clean, simple and elegant. “The whole of our house is white and grey,” says Sarah. “We carried that theme into the new loft and made it really cosy. We've got the fluffiest carpet up there, you could literally sleep on it.”
The timber look feature wall is actually a wall paper that Sarah had seen on another property and really liked. After some hours sourcing it online it is now creates a really unique element to the space
“It’s only two more rooms but feels like it's doubled the size of the house ... the new rooms offer adult space, a genuine retreat on the top floor. Having more natural light was always important, too - but we achieved this with two big skylights in the bathroom and a glass panel on the stairs. It definitely ticked all those boxes.”
Philip believes that investing the funds required to achieve the superior aesthetic that the couple envisaged has proved a smart move:
“I think the loft adds more value to our home now because it’s premium quality – and the Landmark guarantees will cover us if we ever decide to sell. That reassurance is super important.”
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.