St Albans, Herts, AL1
Rear Dormer – 1 Bed, 1 Bath
With their son returning home from university, our clients were keen to add a spacious loft conversion to their St Albans home. Their vision involved crafting stylish ‘loft living’ accommodation that connected seamlessly with the rest of the period property.
"The dormer loft conversion adds masses of extra living space. Its self-contained design gives our client’s son the ideal spot to chill out, study, as well as hang out with friends. The addition of full height windows maximises light and gives exceptional rooftop views."
Absolute Lofts Project Manager
We worked with our clients from planning through to completion to deliver their desired space. The property’s proportions were perfect for a rear dormer loft conversion and, as the changes met the criteria under permitted development rights, there was no need to obtain planning permission.
Work quickly got underway constructing the new dormer extension, a large box-shaped structure built into the pitched roof. The dormer gives the new loft space a desirable shape featuring a horizontal ceiling and vertical back wall.
To make the most of the view, we installed floor to ceiling windows. As well as amazing outdoor views, they flood the room with natural light. A slim Juliet balcony provides an attractive safety guard and means the windows can be opened fully to let in fresh air.
Stylish Loft Bedroom and Shower Room
The bedroom was designed to maximise every available space. Alongside room for a double bed and bedside cabinets, there is space for a work desk, clothes rail, and free-standing storage. Natural herringbone flooring extends from the landing and throughout, amplifying the feeling of space.
Accessed from the new bedroom is a new en suite with walk in shower.
Making the most of the compact area, we installed a floating sink and vanity unit. The white lacquer finish of the furniture and wraparound tiling reflects light, helping open up the space.
Although the loft décor was kept neutral – pale walls with dark wood accents – brass light switches and sockets add a touch of modern luxury.
Stair Over Stair Loft Staircase
In keeping with the period property’s layout, we fitted stairs over the existing stairs to access the new loft. This option saves space and gives the required headroom of two metres at all points ascending the stairs (this reduces to 1.8 metres if the stairs are directly under a sloping roof). The staircase was designed and built to complement the existing, right through to matching handrails and balustrades.
Alongside design considerations, it is important to think about natural light flow. Here, an impressive floor to ceiling landing window illuminates the entire stairwell.
The final flourish for blending the new access to the rest of the home was to paint the woodwork and doors dark grey.
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