how to cre­ate a loft oa­sis

Kris­tine hall and hus­band dan took a tiny at­tic space and cre­ated a spa­cious and light bath­room full of lush touches

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We used to live in a rented twobed­room flat in an old build­ing in cen­tral London,’ says Kris­tine. ‘It was great fun, but we wanted more space, less noise and a gar­den. My hus­band Dan had a Vic­to­rian house in north-east London that he rented out, and we de­cided to move back in.

al­though it needed ma­jor ren­o­va­tions, i could see its po­ten­tial im­me­di­ately.

the bath­room was done as part of the ren­o­va­tion project on the whole house. we chose to have it in the back loft, di­rectly above our ex­ist­ing bath­room, which made the plumb­ing work a lot eas­ier. it was such a small space – had we not seen sim­i­lar con­ver­sions, we wouldn’t have thought that it would be pos­si­ble.

we got a quan­tity sur­veyor to draw up the struc­tural plans and build­ing be­gan nine months later. it was a com­pli­cated project that in­volved in­stalling steel beams, con­struct­ing a dormer and fit­ting a stair­case, as well as all the plumb­ing, electrics and fit­ting.

once we had been given the struc­tural draw­ings, dan and i sat down with a ruler, a tape mea­sure and graph pa­per and con­sid­ered a num­ber of dif­fer­ent lay­outs that would cre­ate a func­tional, spa­cious room. dan came up with the idea of build­ing a par­ti­tion to sep­a­rate the shower from the van­ity unit and i wanted a large shelf to in­dulge my love of house plants, so we added in the stud wall be­hind the bath.

early on, i knew i wanted a vin­tage-style boat bath, and i had seen the wall

mir­ror and loved its mod­ern, in­dus­trial style. these were the start­ing points for the scheme. i sourced al­most ev­ery­thing online, which def­i­nitely saved us money. it was im­por­tant to us that ev­ery­thing was stylish, prac­ti­cal and made to last, but within our bud­get. we also saved money by do­ing all the paint­ing and dec­o­rat­ing and we had our orig­i­nal din­ing-room door re­sized to fit the bath­room.

putting so much effort into this room has been well worth it, and we wouldn’t change a thing. we love the shower and there’s a roof light, too, through which we can en­joy day­light and starlight. the light­ing has also been a great suc­cess – hav­ing a bath with just the soft glow of the pen­dants is won­der­ful.’

Laun­dry bag, £10, Wilko Geo lamp­shade, £12, Sains­bury’s Bath sheet, £22, M&CO Du­lux Easy­care Bath­room + Soft Sheen in Ur­ban Ob­ses­sion, from £31.50 for 1ltr Shower caddy, £7, Wilko

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