ON­WARDS & UP­WARDS How one shrewd fam­ily fu­ture-proofed their four-storey, east Lon­don home with a loft con­ver­sion and self-con­tained flat

A chance meet­ing prompted Jemma Broadgate to re­think her ap­proach to the home that she had lived in for more than two decades

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While she is the first to ad­mit that the prospect of ren­o­va­tion never ap­pealed to her, when Jemma Broadgate even­tu­ally re­mod­elled her four-storey ter­race in east Lon­don, it com­pletely changed her home. ‘Be­fore this, even hav­ing the house re­painted felt like a chore,’ she says, ‘and I’d never so much as knocked down a wall.’

It is no sur­prise then, that it took more than 20 years for her to take the plunge, all thanks to a chance en­counter at her lo­cal post of­fice. ‘ While stand­ing in the queue, I got chat­ting to Johnathan Joseph, who hap­pens to run a build and de­sign com­pany,’ re­calls Jemma. ‘He knew the area and houses well and sug­gested com­ing to have a look at how we could en­hance the space.

‘I was at­tracted to the idea of fu­ture-proof­ing,’ says Jemma, ‘so be­tween us, we cooked up the idea of cre­at­ing a self-con­tained flat – suit­able for age­ing par­ents or for my nine-year-old daugh­ter Lexi when she’s older – on the ground floor, and re­con­fig­ur­ing up­stairs to ac­com­mo­date my­self and Lexi. It would mean ex­tend­ing into the loft space to cre­ate two new rooms, plus re­work­ing the rear to in­cor­po­rate an ex­ter­nal spi­ral stair­case lead­ing to the gar­den.’

Mother and daugh­ter stayed with friends while the work took place, and the struc­tural al­ter­ations were com­pleted in a mat­ter of weeks. It turned out that Jemma was a nat­u­ral at project man­ag­ing, find­ing it easy to make de­ci­sions and adopt­ing a flex­i­ble ap­proach when the builder sug­gested small but cru­cial de­vi­a­tions from the orig­i­nal plans. ‘It soon be­came clear that in­stalling glass walls in­stead of tim­ber pan­elling in the loft would al­low light to flood in,’ she ex­plains. ‘In my bed­room at the rear there is a dra­matic wall of an­gu­lar glaz­ing, while Lexi’s over­looks the land­ing.’

Jemma’s re­mod­elled apart­ment now com­prises a first-floor sit­ting room, kitchen-diner and guest bed­room, while the top storey houses two bed­rooms, a gen­er­ous bath­room and Lexi’s en suite. The main bath­room has been de­signed around an eye-catch­ing cast-iron bath with a bur­nished fin­ish. Jemma was so taken with its ma­jes­tic pro­por­tions that she de­cided to al­ter the roof line of the new space to ac­com­mo­date it. ‘Our old bath­room was very tired, so it was im­por­tant to cre­ate a space that felt like a sanc­tu­ary,’ she says.

Keen to main­tain this sim­pler, airier feel, Jemma dec­o­rated through­out in a com­bi­na­tion of greys and off-whites, punc­tu­ated by pops of colour pro­vided by her col­lec­tion of art. ‘Be­cause the sight lines have al­tered quite dras­ti­cally in the new lay­out, with each space flow­ing to the next, I wanted to in­tro­duce a sense of co­he­sion,’ she says. ‘So a clean, sooth­ing pal­ette seemed like the right ap­proach.’

And it turns out that this ren­o­va­tion, though a long time in com­ing, has paid div­i­dends. ‘Let’s say it was a slow burner,’ says Jemma with a smile, ‘ but com­mit­ting to it was a great de­ci­sion. We’ve opened up a brand-new chap­ter for this house.’

DE­SIGN AD­VICE‘ Be pre­pared to be flex­i­ble. I lis­tened to my builder’s ad­vice and the re­sults are all the more spe­cial for it’

| pho­tog­ra­phy RACHAEL SMITH

LEXI’S BED­ROOM De­signed with the fu­ture in mind, this space can eas­ily be adapted to suit a teenage girl. skål­berg swivel chair, £25; billy book­case, £18, both Ikea. ren­o­va­tion by build & De­sign by Joseph

STAIR­WELL Thanks to the glazed wall in Lexi’s bed­room, this area is flooded with light. glazed wall-to-wall win­dow, price on ap­pli­ca­tion, In­ter house win­dows

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