Greenwich, South East London is a popular place to raise a family. It offers a rich history, great venues for food, drink and entertainment and has lots of green space.
John and Louise Crossland live in a mid-terraced 1930s property along with their three children, a six year old girl and twin boys aged four. With two double bedrooms and one small box room, it was inevitable that somebody would be struggling for space, but with plans to adopt another child, the Crosslands had to have an additional bedroom come what may.
“The adoption rules state that the adopted child has to have his or her own room and so we needed that additional bedroom,” said John. “In this area, moving home to get an extra bedroom would have been far too expensive and that’s without taking into account stamp duty and professional fees – and so it made sense to make use of the loft.”
Econoloft has built a large dormer loft conversion which is comprised of one big room and a separate bathroom.
“Initially we had planned to have the conversion as a master bedroom,” said John. “However, another rule around adopting is that parents have to remain on the same floor as their new family member at least for a few years.”
This meant that the two boys now get to share this extra-large space, which even with two beds offers plenty of room for toys and playing.
John said: “Our boys love their new room and they think it’s great they have their own floor in the house – it makes them feel very grown up. At the moment they are more than happy to share but as they get older if they did want separate bedrooms it is a big enough area to allow us to put up a stud wall and divide it into two bedrooms.”
Although John and Louise didn’t get the room they wanted, they do appreciate the extra bathroom as having five and potentially six family members sharing one was not ideal.
The conversion cost in the region of £30,000 and John believes it has definitely added more value to the property and has already paid for itself. “We have noticed more of our neighbours are having their lofts converted as with property prices in this part of London so high, it makes financial sense to extend the space you have.”