Hackney, East London, E5
Type of Conversion:
L-shaped Dormer – 1 loft living room, 1 child’s playroom, 1 bath
Duration of Build:
When neighbours see us busy converting a property in their road, they often ask what we could do with their home. These were the eighth homeowners to request a Victorian loft conversion in this Hackney street – naturally we were delighted to help!
Our client’s brief was to turn their dusty loft into much-needed extra living space – namely a large living room/chill out area, a spacious ‘His and Hers’ bathroom, and a secret den for their children.
"Our client’s period terrace loft conversion gave them an entire new floor. The new loft living room is a beautiful multiple-use space with amazing views and even has a space for the children to play."
Absolute Lofts Project Manager
With this mid-terrace conversion, we were able to build a spacious, split-level L-shaped Dormer, comprising two box-like structures joined together.
Although it wasn’t necessary to gain planning permission, we advised our clients to get a ‘lawful development certificate’ LDC) from the local planning authority.
The certificate confirms that the alterations carried out satisfy legal requirements. This is valuable as it proves to potential buyers (and anyone else who wants to know) that your loft conversion was legally constructed.
We applied on our client’s behalf early in the design process, with the certificate granted a few weeks later.
To protect our client’s and their neighbours’ interests, neighbours either side had Party Wall Award documents drawn up by a surveyor.
A Party Wall Award (also known as a Party Wall Agreement) sets out details of the proposed work and steps that will be taken to safeguard the party wall – the wall shared between the properties. This gives peace of mind to all parties and, as everyone understands their rights and responsibilities before work begins, helps prevent disputes arising.
Victorian Loft Conversion Ideas
After discussing what our clients wanted, we set about planning their perfect loft rooms.
Keen for their loft lounge to maximise natural light, we installed three Velux windows and stylish French doors. The feature Juliet balcony gives splendid views and allows the double doors to be opened safely to let air in.
The new master bathroom replicates a swish 5-star hotel en suite. Lavish ‘His and Hers’ showers provide an indulgent showering experience. Large marble tiles – with distinctive grey patterning – enhances the decadent interior.
The addition of an oval bath – positioned under the impressive full-width window – is ideal for long, luxurious soaks.
The final touch was to give the little ones a space of their own. We converted the front gable into a cosy den. A low door accesses the room for extra ‘secret squirrel’ appeal!
On-Trend Black Finishes
The conversion is the perfect mix of old and new. On-trend black aluminium windows and grey exterior tiles give the period conversion a crisp, contemporary edge.
Smaller elements, like the matt black radiators, taps and shower heads, create a sense of luxury throughout.
To stamp our clients’ style on the new space, we decorated using limewash paint. The paint’s textured, aged appearance adds interest to block coloured walls. Plus, the bold paint colours – in this case terracotta and grey – really make the furniture and floor ‘ping’.
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