My light filled loft bathroom conversion

When I first bought my Edwardian terraced house I always knew one day I’d love to convert the loft area into usable rooms. So when my  husband moved in and we were expecting our daughter together in 2015 the extra space became even more essential and we began the design process and went ahead with the conversion.
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I had a number of essential needs for the bathroom space, in particular I wanted a practical but stylish room for the family and guests to use as our family bathroom on the first floor is so small and dark and not a very practical space.

We always knew we wanted VELUX roof windows as from our experience of them in our kitchen extension they not only let in masses of daylight but also allowed really good air ventilation through the space (essential in a bathroom!)

Our architect recommended two VELUX roof windows despite our initial plan to have just the one and we are so glad we followed his advice. Not only do they transform the room and bring in the right amount of daylight for the space but also add an amazing wow factor, everyone always comments on the room and love the airy open feel to it.

It has also been proven that adding natural light to a space in your home will cut energy costs so you can save money and lessen your environmental impact by living in homes with an abundance of natural light.

Rooms designed with daylight in mind will also keep you healthy, you are more productive, happier, healthier and calmer.

The final factor that makes my bathroom such a pleasant space has to be my large collection of plants in there, they really do flourish in the bathroom because of course most plants need a good source of natural light to thrive. These in turn also improve the air quality of your home environment by eliminating up to 87% of harmful toxins and pollutants in the air.

So with a combination of light reflecting white walls, lots of mirrors, some  striking patterned floor tiles and vintage furniture to add character, my many light loving plants and of course the large VELUX roof windows we achieved our dream of the perfect and yet practical mood enhancing light filled family bathroom!

Emily Stratten of Fallow Grey - a loft transformation

With the cost of moving soaring, extending your home with a loft conversion is a great way to add space and value to your home. That’s exactly what Emily Stratton, interiors influencer at Fallow Grey, did with her stunning detached Victorian House in Kingston, southwest London.  

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The original space had a low roof that left the space feeling a bit too squeezed for enough headroom to make a comfortable conversion. Emily’s builders resolved this by increasing the pitch of the roof to create more usable floor space and headroom within the property.

Dormer windows and VELUX roof windows can be used in tandem, if your build allows, to create a bright, light and spacious loft conversion. However, Emily was set on choosing VELUX roof windows over dormers as they can be fitted flush to the existing roof so that the dynamics and aesthetics of the exterior of your home aren’t altered.

Emily had four VELUX centre-pivot roof windows fitted in the bedroom and two in the bathroom, which has flooded the space with natural daylight.

Emily said: “We took a lot of inspiration from the VELUX website and tried to imagine how much space the roof windows would take up and how much light they would bring in to the space. We converted our loft in our old house and always felt that we could have gone a little bigger on the VELUX roof windows so this time we were keen to go for a larger size. We’re so glad we did because our space is open and light and really adds a wow factor to the whole house.”

Emily had budgeted £60k to carry out the loft conversion and interior finishes. She said: “We went over our original budget by around £5k but we choose top quality products, which also included a beautiful roll top bath, which we didn’t plan for. The whole project took us 3 months to complete.

 “I’m really pleased with how the master bedroom and bathroom has turned out. I’m very happy with the amount of daylight that comes in to both rooms through our VELUX roof windows and how they help create a bright and airy space. It’s completely reduced our reliance on artificial lighting.”


Top tip

It’s a great feeling to turn that dusty, dark old loft into your favourite room in the house. You might have a growing family and need an extra bedroom. It could be a home office, so you have the space and peace to build your business. Or maybe you just want a quiet, calming sanctuary for some quality ‘me time’.