As a young, professional couple, these clients wanted to revolutionise the home they had just purchased. The loft was crying out for a conversion, while the ground floor was in need of a redesign. A lot to do, and we couldn’t wait to get stuck in.
Starting with the loft, we utilised the homeowner’s permitted development rights, which allowed us to insert a fantastic 'L' shaped dormer within their existing roof void and over the outrigger. Outriggers are common on period properties, and are great at inspiring creative design. The design produced by our team, included a set of bi-fold doors to encapsulate the views of the London skyline and a small cantilever to the rear dormer. This allowed for a full opening to connect the internal and external environments. With this newly generated space, we created a master bedroom with ensuite, plus a small office for those late nights burning the midnight oil.
For the ground floor, we knew we had to open up their rooms and allow more light into the building. We made a start on this issue when designing the loft conversion, as part of that design involved revamping the staircase, so it was no longer so enclosed. Alongside this, we removed the corridor walls, to allow the rooms to connect, and created a new kitchen for the couple. Following our recommendation, the couple also replaced their traditional doors with sliding doors, in order to save space.
Yet the biggest ground-floor transformation happened in the living room, and was made possible by a clever design detail. Thanks to the outrigger coming out against the lower ground, we were able to use this to overcome strict planning policy, and install a small balcony. With large bi-fold doors, the owners are now able to open this up on hot days. Giving a real sense of openness and light, in an otherwise small space.
Even though this couple hadn’t much room for expansion, and were working on a tight budget, we were able to use our years of expertise to give them a complete new home. One that these clients can’t wait to grow into.