Doubling up.

This project included the transformation of a Victorian house, much like the ones you’d be likely to see in Bedford, and the proposed side extension changed this single fronted house into a double fronted house, therefore doubling the living space. Victorian houses were built to be quite small and compact, and so we knew that the new designs for the house still had to fit in with the aesthetics of the Victorian exterior.

This may sound very simple, but care over the design of the internal arrangement is essential for it to work, as any architect would know.


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Written by Tony Keller – Building Tectonics Ltd.


Your ‘escape hub’.

We were asked by our clients,to produce a scheme converting a loft space in a Victorian house into a space that could be used in many different ways for their growing family. The existing house, although spacious and really quite beautiful, lacked additional space very often desired by a family so that someone can escape the hubbub of family life. This may be to watch TV, to go somewhere and really concentrate on a specific task which needs doing, even just to make a mess. A loft conversion can achieve so much. Furthermore, attic rooms, due to their geometry, create that snug intimate feeling and also because this new room is about as far from the front door, and the annoyances of the world as possible, they can become your personal escape hub.

MAA loft interior


Our clients were also very keen to have a comfortable stairway up into the loft, one which would fit furniture up there with ease, unlike these narrow barely-able-to-fit-an-office-chair staircases we often see with a loft conversion. Building Tectonics have designed many different loft conversions, and so we know just how hard it can be. There are many factors to think about with these types of projects, e.g. structure, headroom, a satisfactory layout of the room, buildability and building regulations. It’s rather tempting to just accept the fact the stairs take up whatever space is left over. But you shouldn’t have to do that in our view, we work very hard to create the best stairway into the loft space which meets the requirements of the client, and goes well with the conversion itself.


I had also suggested to my client that they may wish to visit the Sir John Soan Museum in London which shows lots of interesting ways in which space can be used. My clients really took this to heart, and inspired by a visit, have created a really wonderful room with niches that add character.

Building Tectonics are very pleased to have been of service and would like to thank our clients for allowing to use this as an exemplar of a loft conversion.



Written by Tony Keller – Building Tectonics Ltd.