Transforming an unused loft space in a beautiful 1950's home

Lucy and her husband Matt moved into their three bedroom semi-detached house in Lancashire in 2012. They had loads of space or so they thought. But, four years later they had added to their family with three adorable children Reuben aged seven, Gabriel aged five and Beatrice aged three.

They worked with specialist loft conversion company Milltown Lofts and decided that they wanted to add lots of VELUX roof windows to bring in natural daylight.

The perfect amount of daylight

"I can’t believe what was once essentially just storage space is now a fully functioning extra floor of our house.” Soon their big house with large corner garden was running out of space. Moving to a bigger house wasn’t an option – it would be too expensive, stressful and they loved the area they were in. Instead, Lucy and Matt made the decision to convert their loft, adding another floor to the house. This gave them another bedroom, additional bathroom and walk in wardrobe. After all, they had spent years renovating the house from top to bottom including adding a rear extension in 2015 and decorating all the rooms to make it special and homely. Adding more space to the home they loved made sense.”

Main benefits of getting VELUX roof windows

  1. 15-20% more daylight: “They asked their builders to install four VELUX roof windows, two small centre pivot and two larger top hung roof windows, as this would cover 15-20% of the room’s floor space, ensuring the perfect amount of daylight in the loft.” 

  2. Houseplants are thriving with all the natural daylight: On styling her interiors, Lucy said: “I knew I wanted a dark colour for the walls, and seeing the finished room, flooded with light I knew it would work well. We opted for wooden floorboards which we have oiled and matched with dark blue walls and gold and white accessories. To bring some greenery to the space, we have added lots of houseplants that are thriving with all the natural daylight.”

  3. Feels like a bigger room: Lucy says “The VELUX roof windows have really helped transform the space, making it look and feel so much bigger and brighter. 
Transforming an unused loft space in a beautiful 1950's home
Our children now have their own bedroom

Speaking about her loft conversion, Lucy said " Our children now have their own bedroom, which is great for when they get that bit older and privacy becomes more important. Once the building works were complete, Lucy began looking to Instagram for inspiration on how to style her new space. Starting her own home interiors account @Barnestowers in the process, she browsed interiors pages and created her own style profile combining bo-ho, scandi and maximalism to create her homes own signature look. 

"What we thought was a small, cramped space where we kept suitcases, boxes of old books and toys, had turned into our dream home."
- Lucy & Matt, homeowners
Transforming an unused loft space in a beautiful 1950's home
The disruption was minimal

Having the work carried out while living in the house with children was something Lucy was apprehensive about, however thanks to the quick work of the builders, the disruption was minimal and the whole conversion process took only four months including additional works that they were having complete in the house.