The number of home improvement planning applications is up 60 per cent since 2012, with the loft extension being one of the most popular ways of creating space.
Asia Kowalczuk and Duncan Grey took that well-trodden route but with great imaginative flair, transforming their two-bedroom maisonette into a family home in the process.
The couple, who live in Walthamstow with daughter Iona, aged six, turned their attic into a light-drenched master suite.
The project began with the fairly modest wish to create a third bedroom at the Fifties property, which the couple bought seven years ago when Asia, a stylist, was pregnant. However, in 2016 Duncan’s father fell seriously ill and they wanted enough extra space for him to stay with them if he wished.
Enlisting the help of neighbour Grant Straghan, director of deDraft architects (dedraft.co.uk), they set out to create something more interesting than a run-of-the-mill attic room.