They'd always had the intention of adding more space by converting the loft in their two bedroom mid-terraced house, having ruled out buying a larger property due to the cost. As Kelly told us:
"We never considered moving, we knew a house with an extra bedroom would cost at least £100,000 more, getting a loft conversion would be about half that. It was much better value for us to extend than move."
But at 6ft 5" Mark's main concern was how to ensure the new master bedroom and en-suite they so desperately wanted would have ceilings that would be high enough for him.
A lot of people consider raising the roof ridge to create extra headspace because it’s a cheaper option. But this is not permitted by the council even under planning permission. It could also mean you're at risk of losing your beautiful new loft space. If you raise the ridge without permission, the council could order the conversion to be removed for breaking planning rules.
Not wanting to risk their home, Kelly and her partner Mark sat down with Landmark's architects to find out how they could achieve the extra height they needed for the loft .
We advised that the best option for them would be to lower the ceiling of the floor below which would increase the height of the loft space to 2.24 metres.
"They also helped us with getting the new stairs configuration just how we wanted, and adding details like the alcoves to the bathroom and bedroom, and built-in storage."
After discussing with our team how the space in the loft would be best maximised, they decided to follow Landmark Loft's advice.
"By lowering the ceilings we got the extra headroom we needed, and don't have to worry about any repercussions in the future as we've stayed within the council's planning rules. "
Now the work is complete, they have a wonderful new master bedroom with a fantastic Juliet balcony looking over their back garden.
"The new loft space makes the whole house feel much bigger, we just love being up here and the room is now the lightest, brightest in the whole house. "