Those of us privileged to be living inside an old or historic property know too well that the roof space is not always used to the best of its ability. Unlike new homes, which have nothing more than a crawl space for insulation and ducting, some older homes have space enough for a third level.
This beautiful detached Victorian home, located in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, has a secret hiding upstairs. Don't let the era of the property deceive you from the outside because, thanks to the professionals at A1 Lofts & Extensions, the inside is home to a modern loft conversion you wouldn't have expected.
Shall we take a look around?
Historic and period properties can be extremely difficult to renovate, which is especially true if changes to the exterior envelope or aesthetic are being made.
Blending wonderfully into the roof structure and existing shape of the property, the mix of dark blue gables and dove grey tiling complements the bright red brickwork to the front and brown tinged bricks to the side.
Given that the existing roof is a deep shade of blueish grey, it seemed an obvious choice to choose this colour palette for the conversion.
From the rear, the new loft is hardly noticeable with the square shape contrasting wonderfully against the triangular shaped roof pitches nearby. The capping on the converted dormer ties in nicely with the existing roof gable and fascia board, painted in a complementary shade of slate grey.
Extending only outwards and not up, the extension does not loom over the neighbouring buildings. In fact, apart from its squarer nature, the build retains the current streetscape, staying in line with the height of the other homes in the area.
The stairs to the previous loft space didn't lead up to much. In fact, your curiosity would be well and truly quashed once you realised what was tucked away upstairs. Old books and furniture make up the majority of the items, with the notion of 'out of sight, out of mind' taken in a literal sense.
Though attic spaces encourage us to be more pragmatic about the possessions we have downstairs, it's easy to get caught in a trap of constantly stowing away items until we come to the sudden realisation that there is no more room to do so!
Lacking imagination and interest, the existing loft space renders it almost impossible to distinguish if this is a storage area of unused toys or a very dreary playroom.
The available light doesn't disperse evenly through the space, with the colour palette and choice of decorative features being less than desirable. You'll be pleased to know that it has been saved from this mishmash of furniture and poor spatial layout.
Before the dormer was extended on either side, the loft housed a disused space that was home to forgotten possessions and what appears to be an old air-conditioning unit. For those living in a home with access to an attic, it's a known fact that leftover tiles from previous bathroom renovations, or various construction materials that one cannot bear to throw away, end up stashed into this seemingly unusable area.
This home was no exception to that rule but thankfully the potential was recognised and the space was brought forward into the 21st century with an extension that will blow you away…
A completely unrecognisable shade of its former self, it's almost impossible to think that the loft looked as it did in the images prior. Before, it was dark and ominous. Now, the new loft space is luminous and spacious—a total juxtaposition to what stood in the past!
Both the structural and aesthetic changes to the dormer are obvious, with the overall footprint widened and lengthened. The existing pitch of the roof has also been altered, replaced by a flat ceiling with recessed downlights.
As you can see, there is no dowdy blue carpet, unpolished brick walls or sad timber beams in sight. Everything you see now is uniform and balanced, from the carefully rendered walls to the polished wooden floorboards.
The chosen colour scheme is fresh and sleek, with an earthy feel provided by the pop of green and brown. Despite the open-plan nature of the room, the L-shaped sofa acts as a subtle partition between the bedroom and living zone.
This is a great way to create a distinction between two spaces without sacrificing the available light or openness of a room. Paying homage to the structure that stood in the past, the existing pitch of the roof has been cleverly retained. For the occupants, this subtle detail serves two purposes.
From an emotional standpoint, it will be a constant reminder of the space that stood before, yet from a purely visual standpoint, it acts as a wonderful framing detail that lovingly embraces the twin beds.
Not only was the home treated to a loft conversion but the extra space provided other wonderful internal benefits for the occupants.
A walk-in wardrobe and en suite bathroom was added to the existing master bedroom, which is located on the first-floor. So, not only were the owners given a new and beautiful loft space, but their existing amenities were increased, as was the value of their home.
As you can see, the original master bedroom has been refreshed to bring it in line with the updated interior scheme of the other rooms.
Though in theory this is not part of the new loft, a dialogue between the new areas has been created via the choice of colour palette, which encompasses the same wonderful material textures, contemporary wall paint and serene decorative features.
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