Loft conversions are a fantastic, cost-effective way to increase the amount of space in a home, without disturbing the garden space. By extending a house into the loft, homeowners can expect to see an increase in their property value, making it an excellent long term investment.
There are several different types of loft conversions, so it’s important to do your research before you begin the project. Once you have a clear idea of what you want to use the extended space for, you’ll be able to make an informed decision of which conversion is most appropriate.
Velux Loft Conversions
A Velux loft conversion is best suited to a loft space that has lots of existing headroom, because it does not interfere with the structure of the current roof. It simply involves the installation of a window in the existing pitch line of your roof, making it the most straightforward option. As a result, it normally doesn’t require planning permission.
Dormer Loft Conversions
Dormer conversions are suitable for almost any type of building and offer a more functional space than a Velux conversion, despite still only making minimal alterations to the roof. Again, they usually don’t need planning permission. Builders will construct small projections from the roof with boxes around them, where a window is installed. This provides additional headroom.
Mansard Loft Conversions
If you require a lot of space, a Mansard loft conversion is the most appropriate option as it provides the most headspace and biggest room volume. The process involves opening up the roof and almost always requires planning permission.
Hip to Gable Loft Conversions
This type of loft conversion provides the most additional space, but also requires the most amount of work. The process involves breaking through either end of the roof where the walls are slanted and building vertical walls in their place. This provides spacious and functional living space.