""Adding an L-shaped dormer and re-configuring the flat's layout more than doubled the space and added masses of value to our client's home.""
Absolute Lofts Project Manager
The attic space of this handsome Victorian terrace provided the ideal structure to extend upwards. We designed and built an L-shaped dormer — where two flat roof dormers are constructed and connected together — opening up a whole new floor. The new split-level space includes a sleek modern kitchen and lounge area.
Using Glass to Enhance Your Loft Space
As a busy area used to cook and socialise, ensuring plenty of light was a key design consideration. To let in plenty of natural daylight, we installed a central, flat roof light above the new kitchen, along with large Velux windows in the sloping roof. Using light reflecting materials in the kitchen, such as the white stone effect worktops, adds to the feeling of light and space.
Rather than a solid wall, the kitchen and lounge were separated by a stairway surrounded by glass balustrades. The toughened glass screens allow additional light as well as visually expanding the space.
To maximise light flow, a further roof light along with floor to ceiling windows were built into the new lounge.
Also opening up the internal space is a new outdoor terrace. Unlike the loft conversion, which was allowed under permitted development rights, planning permission was required for the terrace. The largest planning issue for balconies and terraces, particularly in London, is privacy.
We managed this by installing frosted glass panels, protecting our clients’ and neighbours’ privacy. The roof terrace is a brilliant feature, adding further value to the property and providing additional outdoor space to relax and enjoy.
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