So what’s this project achieved? It’s doubled the size of my flat and turned a one and a half bed corridor of a flat without any outside spac, into a three double bedroom, two bathroom flat with outside space. The reverse living concept has really maximised space and allows for the roof terrace to be accessed from the main living area in the ‘new’ flat. To see some of the before shots, click here.
In the loft space, the back pitched roof was removed and replaced with a mansard extension to accommodate a new top floor. This new loft space now houses an open plan lounge, kitchen and dining area, with bi-fold doors opening onto a south-facing roof terrace.
And, here it is…
Flooring is from Jordans Wood Flooring — it’s actually laminate which has really come on in terms of quality in recent years
Tewkesbury Stone units and wood worktop, all from Howdens
The blue and white theme is extended from the lounge out onto the roof terrace with the white wall and blue and white plant pots. When the bi-fold doors are pushed back in the summer this will create the feeling of an extended lounging and relaxing space. I can’t wait for the warmer weather to arrive…
Plant pots are from Morden Hall Garden Centre
External wall lights are John Lewis
China blue sofa from Loaf
The original first floor of the flat has been remodelled by:
- Turning a small bedroom into the main bathroom.
- Taking out the old kitchen and bathroom and removing these walls to turn this space into a master bedroom. A new internal wall has been built to create an en suite.
- The previous main bedroom has been reduced in size to accommodate the staircase and a new hallway.
Walls on right hand side painted in Skimming Stone and handrail in Elephant’s Breath — all Farrow & Ball. The carpet is Sark Beige from Carpet right (the underlay cost three times the price of the carpet!)
Bedroom walls painted in Farrow & Ball’s Amonite. Bed from Loaf
I love the bathroom – its flooring, the colour – this photo doesn’t do the wall colour justice. We used Light Blue by Farrow & Ball (which I personally think looks more green than blue), and all the sanitaryware was sourced from Bath Empire who have incredibly quick delivery times.
I like the mis of old and new: the old vintage mirror is from a shop in Wedmore, Somerset, mixed with the very modern towel radiator from Bath Empire. For above the sink, I decided to use wall tiles in a very similar colour to the wall. The white tiles around the bath and these ones are all from Topps Tiles.
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, through clever design, turn the undesirable, into the desirable.