Outgrowing the traditional three bedroom home

The decision for Patrick and Laura Jackson to purchase their 1930s semi-detached home in historic York was an easy one. The property had clear scope for carrying out a loft conversion, something the couple knew they would need as their family grew.

Now, 5 years later, the arrival of their second son has meant the family outgrew their traditional three bedroom home which was over originally over two floors. The house has now been transformed into a four bedroom home over three floors, thanks to a light and airy loft conversion.

Patrick, 35, and Laura, 34, are both lawyers and live with sons Laurie, 3, and Rudy, 8 months. Patrick shares more about the project, “On our first viewing it was clear that our home had the potential for conversion. That’s what we were most excited about when we made the purchase. The first project we undertook after we moved in was a ground floor single-storey extension, which was designed to give us additional living space downstairs.
“We still needed an extra bedroom upstairs, especially as we look ahead to the boys getting bigger. So, we looked at the space available in the loft with our architect, Design4Architecture, and it was clear that there was a sizeable unused loft area that could be turned into an amazing space.”

The couple’s resulting loft conversion features a master bedroom and en-suite. It has also enhanced the existing first floor box room, which they’ve turned into a nursery for Rudy. The loft conversion enabled them to take the ceiling out in Rudy's nursery to create a more interesting room. Patrick says: “When we knew we were doing the loft conversion, we wanted to let in as much daylight as possible, so went for larger VELUX roof windows in the bedroom, along with smaller ones in the stairwell and box room.”

The family worked with Howard Knowles, External Façade and Design Consultant and local builder, York Building & Roofing, who carried out all the building work and installed four centre-pivot VELUX INTEGRA® windows, two of which are electric, along with VELUX blackout blinds.

"We knew that we wanted to use VELUX roof windows given the brand’s reputation for quality and product choice."
- Patrick, homeowner
Opening up untapped space

Patrick added: “We wanted duo blackout blinds to keep the glare from street lights out of the bedroom at night but also act as a sun shade during the day to help us control the heat coming in. We purchased the VELUX INTEGRA® automatic blackout blind for the box room where Rudy sleeps, as the ceiling is quite high and difficult to reach. All the blinds are great, we’re really pleased with them.”

Undertaking their loft conversion was challenging with small children in the house, however the family is very pleased with the space. Patrick said: “Our loft conversion has enabled us to open up space we didn’t think we had. We have taken the ceiling out of our small first floor bedroom and used what would otherwise have just been eaves storage in the loft to create a perfect sized nursery. We now have a bright, airy and luxurious bedroom and en suite for us, along with an additional bedroom for the boys to enjoy.”

"Our loft conversion has enabled us to open up space we didn’t think we had."
- Patrick, homeowner