A loft conversion is a great investment to make on your property, creating extra living space from the largest unused area in your house. You can have that extra room and space; bedroom, bathroom, games room or study without the upheaval of moving and the huge costs involved – and the opportunity to add great value to your home, in fact an average of 22% of your property value. You will be delighted at the difference it makes to your home.
There are four main types of loft conversions and the one we will recommend for your home will depend on your property style and the roof height, available space, conservation area, the local planning regulations and, of course your budget and family needs.
Different Types of Loft Conversion:
Also known as a Velux™ or Sky-light this is a straight forward loft conversion for lofts that already offer enough space for purpose. We bring in the daylight and make the space liveable and workable.
The useable area will be approximately the internal size of the loft area as it is now. Most internal obstructions will have been removed i.e. support beams. The floor area will probably be raised by a few inches for the new structural support. Everything would be built to building regulations. You do not normally need any planning permissions for this type of work as you are building within the existing realms of your loft space and externally your house will look the same, except for the sky light windows. Skylight windows by Velux™ are regarded as the best. Average build time is 4-6 weeks.
A dormer extends out of the roof space, usually to create more standing space as required. The Dormer loft conversion is probably the most popular type of loft conversion where a part of the existing roof is removed and a bigger space created by building a ‘box’ frame structure, projecting approximately from the top of the roof height and the maximum allowed to the rear and sides. This creates the maximum space available. Most of the time, this would be allowed under permitted development rules with a certificate of lawfulness granted by the local council. Build time is 6-8 weeks.
A Mansard loft conversion is created by changing one of the sloping sides of the roof into a much steeper slope. The windows are then individual dormers in keeping with the style and character of your house. Normally his type of conversion applies to older terrace properties or ones that fall within a conservation area. These conversions normally require planning permissions and can be more costly because most of the existing roof has to be changed. Build time is 8-10 weeks.
Hip to Gable
A Hip to Gable Dormer loft conversion is creating by extending the ‘Hip’ of the existing roof into a gable end. The Hip of your roof is generally the side of the roof area that slopes down, this would be removed and the new gable wall would be built in either masonry or stud work, and the roof is then built across to fill in the gap. You can complete this externally in either brickwork, tiled, rendered. This type of conversion is most popular on semi-detached houses and may require planning permission. Build time may be 6-8 weeks.
Why not call us on 01753 825860 for an initial chat about your loft conversion and what we can do for you.