As the couple live in a conservation area, VELUX roof windows were the perfect solution for Sarah and Jon Lloyd-Foster. They were keen to expand their five bedroom Victorian home to give them more space for their growing family.
Sarah, 36, who is head of talent acquisition at a global travel company, and Jon, 40, a police officer, have three young children, Harley, 6, Dexter, 5, and newborn baby Clark. This new space was to be the couples' retreat. "We wanted somewhere we could relax and unwind," says Sarah.
Loft conversion company, Design a Loft (www.designaloft.com) came up with the idea of including a combination of six VELUX roof windows to create a wall of glazing in their new bedroom. "Having plenty of natural light was very important to us and this solution was ideal. The room is on the north-facing side of the house so this option meant we'd get a better result than with a dormer window because of the angle of the roof," Sarah explains.
The attic had been divided into two sections, one part above the original house and the other above the 1990s extension, which made the conversion slightly more complicated. "Despite there being a brick wall bisecting the space, we knew it would be possible to create what we wanted," says Sarah. The solution to this structural issue involved altering the roof purlins and inserting extra steel work - not a problem for Design a loft!
When it came to choosing the roof windows there were certain must-haves. "With three young children in the house, safety was our top priority', says Sarah. Design a Loft created a large opening along the roof pitch and fitted VELUX windows in place - three fixed units on the bottom row and three top-hung roof windows above. "This combination has turned into a fantastic feature of the room", says Sarah.
For their en-suite bathroom, Sarah and Jon chose to install another VELUX roof window above the freestanding bathtub, so they could bring even more natural daylight into the space, and included another one above the staircase.
The couple love their bright retreat at the top of the house. "The VELUX roof windows have completely transformed the room and the amount of light the windows bring in couldn't have been achieved in any other way. Sometimes we have to pinch ourselves that this is ours."
This project was the winner of our Loft Conversion of the Year competition.
PHOTOGRAPHY CREDIT: Robin Kitchin