What a difference five weeks make — since the scaffolders finally made a reappearance and managed to get the scaffolding up just before the new neighbours moved into the flat below, works have moved at a pace.

I’ve been really impressed (hope it will last!) with my builder John — he has really made good progress with the loft conversion and first floor modifications.

In the loft space the steels are in, the floor is down, the loft shell built, the wooden window frames built and now….decisions on how to do the layout…

The existing roof structure was enclosed in scaffolding and a weatherproof hoarding
With the old structure removed, a new mansard frame was put in place
Steels will support the weight of the new roof
The new floor has been laid over a new floor structure
Insulation panels are installed between the trusses

The hole has been made for the stairs


The kitchen and bathroom have been smashed through to create the space for what will become an ensuite bedroom.

The old kitchen
The old bathroom
The wall between the kitchen and bathroom has been knocked down so that the first floor of the flat can be remodelled

And now trying to work out how to get excellent quality windows and bi-fold doors at reasonable prices…any recommendations?

And…how on earth (I’ve given it over a year’s thought so really should have mastered this) to configure the loft space into three zones: a kitchen, a lounge and a diner. Any ideas, let me know…

Here are some of my ideas so far:


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 turn the undesirable, into the desirable.

  • Istvan C.

    Great project! Have you had any issues with building control for moving the kitchen to the top floor? And when will we see the final result?!
    All the best!

  • Mark Richardson

    Great transformation, how did you go about getting permission for the terrace?

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