South Woodford, East London, E18
Type of Conversion:
Inset Dormer – 1 Bed, 1 Shower Room
Duration of Build:
Our clients, a young, professional couple, wanted to secure more living space by extending their mid-terrace home with a loft conversion in the conservation area of south Woodford, East London.
As their home is in a designated conservation zone, a place with a high concentration of historic buildings, the first step was acquiring planning permission from Redbridge Council. Being in a conservation area meant that the loft renovation was subject to extra planning controls and considerations. These are in place to ensure that any proposed alterations will maintain the home’s original style and character, helping preserve architectural features and keep the appearance of the area’s older properties.
"With planning permission approved, we were able to convert the compact loft space in this cottage style mid-terrace into a bright, airy loft bedroom and shower room."
Matthew and Helen, Homeowners
To meet local conservation planning requirements, we designed and constructed an inset dormer. This involves constructing a classic box-shaped dormer which sits slightly below the roof ridge and approximately half a meter in from the neighbours’ party walls. The recessed design means that the dormer doesn’t protrude above the roof, helping maintain a clean, consistent roofline with the neighbouring terraces.
With the exterior loft structure in place, we focussed on optimising every inch of the interior.
We have several design tricks for maximising space in a small loft conversion.
To add valuable space, we carried out the following:
To maintain the period look of the property, Velux conservation rooflights were installed in the sloping roof. These are ideal for conservation loft renovations as their recessed profile blends into the roof structure, while the dark grey casing and central glazed bar is reminiscent of traditional Victorian cast iron rooflights.
To blend the appearance of the new dormer with the original home, the exterior was clad in grey natural slate tiles to match the existing roof tiles.