This is it! It’s done. Would you like to take a tour of the new loft with me? We don’t have the sofa yet as it’s coming from Italy and was delayed so you’ll have to make do with the bare room for now but you get the idea. Hint: the update is coming at the end…..
We were very clear when we set out on this project that we wanted to create a Loft. By which I mean it need to still look like a loft. Ideally, it was supposed to give the sense that it had always existed at the top of the house and we had just refurbished it. It was crucial that it wasn’t just another room bolted onto the top.
To that end we kept the roof joists exposed and painted the bricks of the original chimney stack rather than boxing them in. I sourced reclaimed floorboards to match the rest of the house and kept the window panes small. This fits with the original Victorian idea that the window panes get smaller the higher up the house you go as basically the top was for the servants and they didn’t need nice big light rooms!
This pink neon sign lights the way down the stairs. It gives out masses of soft pink light, which we weren’t expecting so we don’t need a landing light below as the glow spills down onto the floor below.
Moving round the room in stages, this will be my office from now on. I can’t wait to be up there sitting at my computer and working although I fear I may spend so long staring at the view I won’t get anything done.
The plan was that the sofa bed would sit in front of this area above but actually I rather like it so I think it will go further back. The stools were made from roof joists – sometimes the builder’s Dad would come and supervise and he made himself a couple little stools to sit on. He very kindly gave them to me when the job was finished.
We deliberately ran the rafters all the way down to the floor rather than building in cupboards at the back so the space would feel bigger and airier. Actually you can stand up to the Velux window so most of the room is usable.
When you come up the stairs you see the bathroom, which has been painted in Hague Blue Gloss by Farrow and Ball with casa tiles from Marrakech Sweden. The sliding door was made from leftover floorboards and put on a runner I found on ebay for £99.
The basin stand was made from leftover roof joists. It still needs siliconing round the base of the bath so it will be tidier than that by the time you read this.
And that, my friends is the loft. I shall be returning to it again but you’ve all been asking and, naturally, it took longer than it was supposed to so I wanted to show it to you before the blog goes on its summer break in August.
The sofa bed has now arrived. It was supposed to come before the windows went in so that it could be carried up the scaffolding… cross your fingers it will bend round the stair walls. As you can see it did!
And, now there is also this light, which I wrote about yesterday which will soon have a red flex which should just add a little something to that corner.
What do you think?