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Case Study

Loft conversion for 1980s 4 bedroom detached home

Location - Tonbridge, Kent
Value - £45,000 / £50,000
Timescale - 11 weeks
Delivery - on time. On budget

Customer requirement:

Two families coming together as one new larger family posed logistical problems for these clients. With there now being 4 teenage children from two newly married differing parents the task was to adopt and alter the large Truss attic zone into a further bedroom (thereby giving 5) and a teenager drop down 'den'/music and entertainments room. The project cost was by far and away offset by the fabulous return value generated in the property potential resale value thus funds were released from the equity within the home.

LOFT solution:

Kevin visited the property and discussed the various options open to the client. The area within which the house is set required careful consideration as to what could be achieved without disturbing the local property theme though at the same time gained the accommodation desired. The design solution was to insert a seamless set of stairs up and over the existing set that arrived centrally within the attic – from a spacious landing the two large rooms were formed with the added bonus of a family accessed further shower room off the new landing. The existing Truss roof can be a daunting matter to convert but through years of design experience a restructured roof-bearing steel and timber frame was carefully installed thereby affording the cubic space to be formed – the complementary rear attic floor 'bonnet dormers' featured well against the original first floor pairing and met the Local Authority criteria AND sat well within the local areas design strategy.


This style of adaptation is bespoke with the dormers being the main additional cubic capacity added. Often 'newer' style homes have large lofts but the multi timber nature of a Truss roof can prove daunting. Clever use of large SO6 velux windows opened the front elevations to superb light ingress and the uniform nature of their position sits well within a uniformly designed home such as this. Planning permission took 8 weeks and the pre works design phase a further 10 weeks – therefore the project in all took nearly 8 months from concept to utilisation.

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Rear aspect of the loft conversion in a 1980s four bedroom detached truss roof home – Tonbridge Kent
The loft conversion provided a further bedroom (thereby giving 5) and a teenager drop down 'den'/music and entertainments room
Velux windows help make the new bedroom a light and airy place.

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