Bryn, a software company director and his wife Helen who works part-time for a multiple birth & twins charity association originally bought their three bedroom house in Tolworth as a doer-upper. With both of them working and five year old twins to take care of, they knew they needed a loft company that could take care of everything.

Read our interview with Helen & Bryn

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LL:

When you bought this place, was it with the intention of converting the loft?

Helen:

Yes. When we originally viewed it six years ago, it was a wreck and needed a LOT of work. But we saw that almost every other house on the street already had a loft conversion.

Bryn:

We coud see the potential right from the start.

LL:

So what made you decide to get the loft converted now?

Bryn:

The original bathroom was tiny so when we expanded it we lost the third bedroom. We knew we needed a spare room for family when they visit, until now they'd had to stay in hotels.

Helen:

And we needed separate rooms for the twins (a boy and a girl) to move into when they're older. Once we were both back at work and the twins were old enough to cope with the disruption we couldn't wait to get it done.

LL:

How did you decide upon working with Landmark Lofts?

Bryn:

We got quotes from a couple of local builders and asked our neighbours for who they used. But the main reason was because of someone who didn't actually use you.

Helen:

It was a lady who'd had an L- shaped dormer built - she told us ‘my friend up the road used Landmark and I wished I had gone with them because the company I used were a nightmare’. It funny but that persuaded us more than anything else - that and seeing her friend's loft conversion.

LL:

Had you done any building or renovation work like this before?

Bryn:

Yes, our previous house was also a doer-upper where we used a builder for the work. In fact we'd used a builder for the renovations of this property.

LL:

Really? So what made you decide to go with a loft conversion company rather than a builder this time?

Helen:

We just didn’t want to manage the build. We didn’t want to worry about the electricians turning up for work or plumber and his problems. We just wanted somebody to come and do the job and go home. And that is exactly what we got. And it was fantastic.

Bryn:

We didn't want to have to deal with all the hassle that goes along with managing a big project like this. We'd had issues before where the plumber and the electrician wouldn’t come on site at the same time. With Landmark Lofts managing the whole process we didn't have to think about any of that.

LL:

Speaking of which, how was your project manager?

Helen:

Jack was great! He introduced us to our build manager Marius, spoke in detail with the team and kept us up to date with progress in the background. That was just brilliant, knowing he was there if we needed him was extremely reassuring.

LL:

Other than getting a wonderfully, spacious new bedroom, what did you want most from your loft conversion?

Helen:

We specifically wanted to have a separate bathroom from the bedroom.

Bryn:

We wanted a more spacious bedroom with plenty of storage built in rather than having an en-suite.

Helen:

And I was adamant about getting a Juliet balcony as I was worried about how hot it would get in summer. As it turns out it works really well at keeping the room cool and the room feels even lighter and spacious.

LL:

That's fantastic! And how do you feel about the new space?

Helen:

The twins love it! They love hiding in all the large storage cupboards and they're constantly asking to use "Mummy's bathroom" probably because the floor's heated.

Bryn:

We absolutely love our new bedroom, it's just fantastic having all that space.

Helen:

Yes, we went to stay in a hotel just after it had been finished didn’t we, and it was brilliant to think ‘our bedroom is actually nicer than this’.

Project details

LocationSurbiton, KT6
Type of houseSemi-Detached
Type of conversionHip-to-Gable Dormer
Permissions requiredCertificate of Lawfulness (COL)
Conservation areaNo
New roomsMaster bedroom & pod bathroom
WindowsVelux & Juliet balcony

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