After deciding not to box in the top of our staircase, it was time to turn the kitchen from a shell, into a room. First, the team had to box in the boiler and finish plasterboarding. Below, you can see a last bit of insulation waiting to be covered.

plaster boarding the loft to cover insulation
testing roof lights with paper on mansard loft conversion

Paper was used to visualise the rooflight placement before finishing the structure of the roof. Until the loft was completely watertight, we kept full scaffolding up with a top hat to cover and protect the structure — we were not going to be held up by the British weather!

slated tile mansard roof under scaffold

Two of the sash windows are fitted within the new mansard wall — each window has to be boxed out for the 70 degree raked back wall.

It was all go downstairs too as the staircase went in and a new wall was built and plaster boarded on the right hand side to create a new corridor and a new wall for the bedroom. The closest door in the shot is the now bathroom. This was previously a small bathroom. The bathroom used to be located at the back of the flat, the most light filled area in the flat, so I moved it and made this part of the flat’s main bedroom instead.

reconfigured hallway with wooden staircase

Below shows the space where the main bedroom is now located — the photo shows the old bathroom window and toilet pre-removal.

plastering the bedroom which was a bathroom

Once the loft was plastered, it was time to get stuck in to decorating the space in white.

plastered loft space ready for painting

Jo DysonAbout 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.

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