The loft space was painted white to make the space seem light and bright. By keeping the walls and ceilings in the lot space all white, it draws attention away from the mansard loft conversion walls which had to be raked back at 70 degrees.
The first floor of the flat, which now comprises the three double bedrooms and two bathrooms, I decorated these in warmer tones with the help of my friend Elisa from Studio Pettigrew. We opted for a range of Farrow and Ball colours:
- Main bedroom and en suite: walls in Amonite, woodwork in white
- Other two bedrooms: white on the walls and Amonite on the woodwork
- Hallway: walls in Skimming Stone, woodwork in Strong White
- Main bathroom: walls in light blue, woodwork in Wevet
- Internal front door: Pigeon
My neighbours door on the left and my ‘new look’ door on the right helpfully shows a ‘before and after’ shot. An inexpensive update has transformed the look. Dad helped by attaching moulding to the fire door to create a panelled look, I purchased new stainless steel door furniture and painted the door in Pigeon by Farrow and Ball.
My neighbours all like the look so much — we’re now about to make all four internal flat doors look the same.
Masking tape protects the glass before beginning to paint the untreated oak bi-fold doors
It was really important to me that the new kitchen-diner and living area be light and airy. Adding three triple-glazed rooflights in the ceiling, three sash windows to sloping walls and two large Velux windows to the front of the property has really helped flood the top floor with light. There are spotlights in the ceiling too for night time
The radiators that were originally fitted did not work well on a sloping wall so I had them removed. To replace them, I chose a vertical version which was more streamlined and can be installed on one of the full-height walls instead
You really learn how to work with your builder over the course of a project. I was sometimes told things weren’t possible, but then I thought to myself, ‘if you can put a man on the moon, of course you can remove a radiator and re-route piping to fit one that looks a lot better.’ I adopted the same approach when my builder John told me the washing machine couldn’t go under the stairs. I realised an initial ‘no’ from him didn’t necessarily mean a definite ‘no’. He’d then sometimes go away and thing about what was possible.
The new vertical white radiator looks stylish and is a vast improvement on the radiators that were removed
Ensuite walls painted in Amonite and woodwork in white. I designed the walls to be L shaped so I could fit in a large shower tray but not have to pay to move the old kitchen window. This design choice has really worked
The washing machine has a new home under the stairs — there wasn’t space for it in my new kitchen design as I still wanted to access the eaves storage
About the Author
Jo is a serial property renovator, relishing the challenge of taking a tired, lack-lustre property and realising its potential. Growing up under the wing of a property renovator father, Jo’s first experience of DIY was with her Fisher Price toolkit as a four year old. Now with six property renovations under her belt Jo has learnt how to project manage, fund, develop a property on a budget and turn the undesirable, into the desirable.