What are the different types of loft conversion

A loft conversion is a great way to increase your living space and add value to your property, but which type of extension is right for you? With various different types of loft conversions available, the structure of your property and your family’s needs will determine what type of extension will be suitable.

Whether you want to convert your existing loft space into a functional area, add another suite to your property or create another bedroom, Construction HQ can provide the advice, assistance and expertise you require.

Dormer loft conversions

As the most popular type of loft conversion in the UK, a dormer conversion is suitable for a wide variety of homes. Adding a vertical wall to the existing sloping room, a dormer loft conversion adds much-needed headroom in your loft space. In addition to this, dormer roofs are perfect for increasing floor space in your loft and enabling natural light to enter the room. Typically, dormer loft conversions feature a flat roof, although shed dormers tend to feature sloping flat roofs.

For a twist on the standard dormer conversion, why not consider a gable fronted dormer loft conversion? Instead of featuring a flat roof, a gabled dormer is constructed with a pitched roof, with two sloping panes giving it a classic and sophisticated style. Ideal for period properties, as well as new builds, a gabled dormer combines a straightforward loft conversion with aesthetically-pleasing frontage.

Hip to gable loft conversions

If your property has a hipped roof, a hip to gable loft conversion may be the best way to increase the space available in your new storey. As hipped roofs generally feature floor sloping sides, the loft space inside the property can be particularly cramped. A hip to gable loft conversion effectively replaces one of the sloping sides of the roof with a vertical wall. This vertical wall matches the height of the roof ridge and provides a significant amount of extra space.

If you really want to maximise the amount of space your new loft conversion will give you, a double hip to gable conversion might the be perfect solution. Instead of replacing just one of the sloping sides of the roof with a vertical wall, a double hip to gable loft conversion replaces two sloping sides with vertical walls to match the height of the ridge. Ensuring you can make the best use of your loft space, a hip to gable loft conversion is suitable for a variety of uses, such as an extra bedroom, office or playroom.

Mansard loft conversions

By extending the entire plane of your roof, a Mansard loft conversion typically offers the most amount of space. By removing one of the roof’s sloping sides and replacing it with an almost vertical wall, the extra space will run across the entire width of the roof. A flat roof ensures you’ll have sufficient headroom in your new loft conversion, whilst windows housed in dormers ensure your new room will be bathed in natural light.

Although Mansard loft conversions do provide the most space, they involve making significant changes to your property’s structure. Due to this, Mansard loft conversions require a little extra work and may take longer to complete. Despite this, they remain a popular option due to the versatile space they create.

Velux loft conversions

A Velux or roof light loft conversion may be suitable if your existing loft provides enough usable space for your needs. A Velux loft conversion is one of the simplest options when it comes to enhancing your loft space and, due to this, it can usually be completed relatively quickly. However, a roof light loft conversion doesn’t change the structure of your property, nor does it offer any additional space.

Instead, adding roof lights via a Velux loft conversion allows natural light to enter the room. Effectively adding windows to your existing loft space, a Velux conversion may be suitable if your loft already offers at least 2.25m height in the centre of the room. Providing the middle of the room is at least 2.25m, you should have enough room to build up the floor and turn your existing loft space into a functional area. By adding roof lights, Construction can turn your loft into a relaxing oasis, an extra bedroom or a productive home office.

Choosing the right loft conversion

Selecting the right type of loft conversion can be tricky, particularly if you’re unsure exactly what type of roof you have or what level of extension your property’s structure will support. Furthermore, you’ll need to consider whether there are any local restrictions which could affect your choice of conversion.

Whilst Velux loft conversions and some dormer conversions can often be constructed without planning permission, for example, hip to gable and Mansard conversions do tend to require planning permission before constructed can get underway.

Of course, your budget may impact the type of loft conversion you choose as well. Velux loft conversions are often the cheapest option, simply because they require less construction work. In contrast, Mansard loft conversions can be a more expensive option due to the structural changes required, but they do offer the most of amount space.

Whilst it’s important to consider your budget when planning your loft conversion, it’s vital to plan for the future. Investing in a loft conversion is a sensible option, providing it gives you the space you need. Choosing a dormer conversion because it’s slightly cheaper than a Mansard conversion may not be a wise choice if you’re still left with too little space, for example.

For many homeowners, seeking specialist advice can be the most effective way of choosing the right type of loft conversion. With years of experience and in-depth knowledge of planning, design and construction, our team are dedicated to providing homeowners with the assistance they need. If you’re considering extending your property upwards or you want to find out more about installing a loft conversion, contact us at Construction HQ now.