Exploring the multiple types of loft conversion

Loft conversions are among the most tried and tested ways of creating additional space in homes across the UK. Ideal for many homeowners, loft conversions can extend living spaces, offering more room for expanding families without needing to move property. This option can be perfect for homes struggling for space in urban areas, in situations where extending a house’s footprint is not a possibility, and in areas where planning rules won’t allow a standard two storey addition.

The expected cost of loft conversions can vary greatly from anywhere between £15,000 and £90,000, depending on the type. However, they can add considerable value to a property, making such an investment a worthwhile endeavour. Housing experts estimate that the inclusion of an extra bathroom or bedroom can increase the value of a three-bedroom home with one bathroom by as much as 20 percent. This makes a built-for-purpose loft conversion a sound financial decision when property owners plan to sell.

In the following sections, we’ll look at some of the many types of loft conversion homeowners can opt for.

Rooflight loft conversions

Perhaps the easiest and most cost-effective way to convert your loft space is with a rooflight loft conversion, where the available loft space is retained, but lights are fixed in place. Additional work is involved, however, as the loft floor will require reinforcement and stairs to reach the loft must also be fitted. For the loft space to be considered usable, it will also require plumbing, electrics and insulation for comfort. Exceptionally suited to creating smaller rooms, this type of conversion is perfect for a quick office or additional bedroom.

Dormer loft conversions

Dormer loft conversions work in a similar way to rooflight loft conversions, but include dormer windows. These features amplify the floorspace available for the extension and can offer extra head height, allowing more possibilities when it comes to installing stairs. In properties with a high pitch angle, dormer loft conversions are well-suited, as an increase of useful floor areas is effectively created.

Hip to gable loft conversions

In hip to gable loft conversions, the hipped and slanted part of the home’s roof must be converted to create a vertical wall, also known as the gable end. This area is then also given a pitched roof to provide a new space inside that benefits from full headroom. This gable end wall also permits the option for standard sized window openings. When seeking maximum space, it’s worth considering combining a dormer loft conversion with a hip to gable loft conversion.

Mansard loft conversions

Finally, a mansard loft conversion is a possibility to pursue when property owners are seeking to add an entirely new and extra level to their house. To achieve this, the process involves altering a slanted roof structure to a wall that is close to vertical, usually around 72 degrees. This results in the final roof being flat.

Homeowners planning a loft conversion can rely on professional architects to help them select the best form of extension for the type of property they possess, and to answer their individual needs.

Posted by Mark
January 8, 2021
Loft Conversions

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