You’ve heard of wealthy homeowners digging down into their basements, but have you ever seen them build up?
The owners of the fourth floor apartment at 28 Nottingham Place, a period building in the heart of Marylebone, have decided to do just that and increase their living space from 680sqft to 1,219sqft at the drop of a crane.
When the property was bought back in 1998, it was a single storey apartment with a void loft space above it. But it’s been turned into a fashionable duplex with a little help from architect Craig Moffat and Moduloft, a loft conversion specialist.
The company built the apartment in four pre-fabricated parts over a period of five months in a factory in Yorkshire, then transported the parts down to London.
The fourth floor and then the roof had to be taken off and replaced by two new levels by a six storey crane that simply attached the new duplex “lego-style” to the top of the building.
In addition to raising the ceiling heights and extending the rear wall by one foot, the ambitious project only took six weeks to complete – eight times faster than a traditional loft conversion. Becky Fatemi, managing director at West End estate agent Rokstone, which is handling the sale, called it “an ingenious Grand Designs-style remodelling.
The makeover has effectively doubled the size of the apartment and created a brand new home on the roof of the existing period building.”
Is this the future of urban extensions? It could be, as long as your neighbours don’t mind.
Priced at £1.995m. Call Rokstone on 020 750 2030