The loft conversion project you're about to see is very much like unwrapping a present. This multifaceted home can be discovered in full, as you slowly peel back each layer. From the front this brick home in Wimbledon resembles the other period homes in the area, with its ornate brickwork, slanted mansard roof structure and built-in dormer windows.
Also known as a
curbed roof or
French roof, mansard roofs open up a world of possibilities for homeowners. An optically deceiving design, the slant of the roof doesn't reveal much about the internal volume from the street yet, more often than not, these roofs are large enough to house another room, perhaps even a third storey in some cases.
The first example of these roof structures can be found on the Louvre yet they were not popular in architecture and design circles until the mid-to-late 1800s. Thanks to the genius of Nuspace, we invite you to take a tour around this modern and charming loft conversion.
From the front, the vastly modern roof conversion that you will soon see is not visible at all. The beauty of internally integrated renovations and extensions is that they have little to no disturbance on the outside streetscape, which can sometimes be a problem for people during the council approval stages of the build.
The beauty of old homes is that often the attic spaces are large enough to house another room or even for a person of a standard 6-foot height to stand up inside. Attics were essential once upon a time but, as our living arrangements have become smaller and smaller, we're cramming as much as we can into a two-storey residence.
From the rear, the conversion is still not apparent. It really makes you wonder how an additional bedroom and bathroom space can be tucked in so seamlessly.
Hints of another extension are visible from this angle but we're still none the wiser about the interior of the roof space. We will soon take the tour inside, revealing a piece of the puzzle every step of the way.
The door at the top of the stairs leaves a little to the imagination. Just like a temptress, it leaves you wondering - what's next?
Even from the bottom of the stairs you can see that there is something different hidden inside, given the fact the colour palette suddenly changes from warm yellows and reds to pale grey and white. What changes could possibly be hidden behind this door?
Take a look…
For some it's a miracle to get a window or skylight into a regular bathroom but, as you can see, even in this small loft area you will find a wonderfully light-filled bathroom with a stunning grey and white colour palette.
Here, clever optical illusions have been used to make sure the bathroom feels as roomy and open as possible. The chosen tiles, whilst pale in colour, are also large format. This is a great step to take in any small room you wish to tile as smaller, more intricate tile work has the propensity to make a space look smaller. Furthermore, the tile work continues to ceiling height, tricking the eye into wandering upwards and outwards.
The large skylight, however, is really the highlight of the room as it illuminates every single nook and cranny. Spatial layout has been carefully considered, keeping all fittings and fixtures against the wall, helping to open up the space. The shower wall is also clear, maintaining the feeling of openness and transparency.
Though the bedroom is small in size, the shape and colour palette makes it feel ten times larger than it actually is. This is thanks to the ingenious use of white and grey and the clever placement of skylights and recessed downlights.
This room totally defies the notion that attic spaces are dark and cold. As you can see, this bedroom is anything but. It's spacious, light-filled, cosy and contemporary all at the same time. You will also notice that the balustrade leading up towards the bedroom is transparent. This is yet another measure that has been taken to ensure that the maximum amount of light can penetrate the space, as well as ensuring there are no dark and cramped corners.
Space-saving measures have been taken into consideration too, with the cupboards being stealthily built into the back corner where the wall leans. Whether for guests or for use as a permanent bedroom, you can be sure that anyone who stays up in this loft will feel welcomed and comfortable.
To see another wonderful extension project, check out: An Unexpected Timber Extension.