Operation Loft Extension is now officially GO. Levels of excitement are at an all time high here at Making Spaces HQ. I’m super busy working behind the scenes on this one and i’ll be showing you the whole process from start to finish over the next few months.
Here was the space 10 days ago, just before we flew out to New York. The loft just about emptied and ready to rock. You can see it’s got a good head height. 2.9m to be precise with a floor area of around 5.5 x 8m. Spot the rather sexy exposed brick wall in there? Well obviously that’s staying.
One week later:
Day 1. Scaffold up, kettle on and materials everywhere.
Day 2. The framework for the rear dormer starts to go up.
Day 3. The new roof steel gets lugged up to the top and positioned to give us the new roofline. We’re switching from a hipped roof to gable end, negating the need for two dormers.
Day 4. The roof goes up over the dormer.
You can see the new roofline here really clearly, the new gable end will be finished in brick matching (as near as possible) our existing wall.
And at the end of Day 5, you can see the overall shape of our new rear dormer. The openings you can see are for the aluminium windows. They are going to be huge (if we can afford them).
Loft extensions are by far the best way of gaining space at home without losing outdoor space, especially when your loft has the head height ours does. However, they never really “look” that nice from the outside do they? The dormers always look a bit top heavy and stuck on. It can’t really be helped though and i’ve gotten my head around losing the original 1960’s house shape. We have tried to lose the look of a “big tiled box” by using as much glass as possible across the back of the dormer. Windows will start at seat height (45cm) in the bedroom and bathroom and stretch up full height to the ceilings. So you will be able to lie back in bed and look out over the rooftops and tree tops.
It’s the first time i’ve actually designed and planned rooms from scratch. So every part of a space; windows, skirting boards (or not?), doors, lighting, flooring, heating etc has been considered, researched and near enough decided upon before the build began. I’ve loved it so far, it’s literally been a blank canvas on which to work, with some limitations obviously which help to keep me planning something that’s actually possible (my builder has already given me the you can’t do that face a few times).
I’m going to make a tally chart of how many times I get this face.
*NB. my builder is not Benny Hill.
So… a quick recap of the overall floorplan of our soon to be 2nd floor.
- Straight open riser staircase
- Second family bathroom off the landing
- Bedroom with sliding door into wardrobe and further eaves storage
- Separate walk in storage room and further eaves storage
So what’s it going to look like inside?
I’m sure it’s no surprise to hear i’ve planned every inch already and secured some amazing collaborations with some of my all time favourite brands. Seriously, it’s going to be so good. I think so anyway.
Let me show you my very rudimentary room edits:
The Bathroom Edit (must add plants)
It’s very monochrome. Very. I have worked my butt off trying to find just the right balance of black, white and chrome. The tap was by far the most difficult. I can’t wait to share where all of these pieces are from. For now, you’ve gotta be patient like me.
The Bedroom Edit
The bedroom is going Scandi on your ass, people. Another very paired back monochrome space but with lots of natural surfaces. Blonde wood flooring, exposed brick wall, loads of glass and a good dose of vintage rug for some warmth and texture. I’m getting butterflies just writing it.
We’ve got another week of them working outside on the overall structure and new roof and then they’ll be coming in and starting the messy job of knocking a few walls down. As you do.
Would love to know what you think of our plans so far. We’ve already got our first overnight guests booked for New Year’s eve, I wonder if they’ll like their bedroom and bathroom?