‘Cash in the Attic’
Adding a floor to a Victorian townhouse has considerably increased its value.
Buying a wreck and bringing it back to life is a step too far for many of us. Although the idea of effectively building our own home is tempting, the time, money and energy required can be beyond our ken. Lawyers Daisy Tatton-Brown, 31, and Oliver Bourne, 34, were lucky to discover an end-of-terrace house in Rush Hill Road, Clapham, that needed sprucing up without having to carry out the Full Monty of makeovers. Bought three years ago through Cluttons Clapham office, Tatton-Brown says the house was liveable in, but not decked out to her taste. “It had cream carpets and was looking a bit tired,” she explains.
It was good news that the previous owner had sorted out the side return to extend the kitchen area. Also, kitchen units he’d installed were to the couple’s taste, saving a great deal of cost and stress. But the really big selling point from Cluttons was that a whole new storey could be added to the fourbedroom home. Tatton-Brown said they were going to have to fix the leaky roof at a cost of £5000, “so we decided to just add another floor, which would solve the leak problem and give us more space for not a great deal more money.”
Employing Plus Rooms, a firm specialising in extensions and loft conversions, a mansard conversion has resulted in a generous cinema room and adjacent bathroom on the new top level. “My husband’s keen on TV and music, so we use the media room a lot and get friends over to watch films. Alternatively, it could be used as a fifth bedroom,” points out Tatton-Brown.
As well as extending upwards, the couple, who now have a month-old daughter named Rose, have replaced the outdated cream carpeting with smart grey wool coverings, with wooden flooring on the ground floor. Familiar with the area, half-French Tatton-Brown wanted to remain here so Rose could attend Ecole de Wix on Clapham Common Northside. She thinks they’re in exactly the right spot – not too far from the school and right next to the Common.