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
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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