Loft Conversion with Side Extension
East Dulwich, South-East London
86m² (15m² Increase)
Internal reconfiguration, side extension and loft conversion.
Overview of Talbot House
One proposal for this extension was to move the stairs externally creating a new side extension. By doing so, reclaims usable space from circulation.
The side stairwell and rear loft conversion, created two large bedrooms with storage on the first floor and a family bathroom. And the loft created a sizable master bedroom with en-suite and walk-in-wardrobe.
We wanted to make the new additional to the house contrast the existing vernacular with brass cladding.
The owners had lived in the house in South London for several years, however with a new family member on the way. Rather than moving, they wanted to improve.
Their goals were to maximise the usable space in the house, increase the size of the office to become a nursery and potential of creating an additional bedroom for guests.
One of the constraints of the existing property was having a central staircase, which minimised the sizes of the bedrooms and created dead space.
Another constraint on the house typology of the area was the ceiling height in the loft being 2m. Other loft conversions in the area used maintained the existing roof height and either lowered the rear bedroom ceilin on the first floor, or built the loft with a low ceiling.
Our proposal was to build a case to justify to the local authority that raising the roof height would not cause detriment to the area and increased the usibility of the space.
After submitting additional photographs of the inconsistent roof heights in the area, the LA granted the application to increase roof height. This meant we could maintain the existing heights on the first floor bedrooms, save the clients money and include a high level of insulation in the new roof boosting the sustainability of the property.