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Victorian terrace houses are a common feature on many British streets and chances are if you live in one, you may find that the traditional layout doesn’t always suit modern lifestyles. Growing families and homeowners looking for additional space will be pleased to know that Victorian terraces make ideal candidates for loft conversions, so moving house doesn’t have to be the only way to gain additional living spaces. 

If you think a victorian terrace loft conversion would be a better option for you than relocating, here are a few things to consider before you start to make your loft conversion plans.

Victorian Terraced Houses Are Ideal for Loft Conversions

Victorian terrace houses were built during the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901) and many of the features of this style of property lend themselves to loft conversions. To convert a loft, the roof height must be a minimum of 2.2 metres tall. The steeply pitched roofs of many Victorian homes mean their spacious attics are perfectly designed to be converted into an extra living space. 

The ample loft space is ideal for several types of adaptations. For example, the space would be prime for a simple rooflight loft conversion. By adding Velux windows, insulation and reinforcing the floor, this small victorian terrace loft conversion can be achieved quickly and is one of the least expensive ways to convert a loft. 


You’ll need a more substantial loft conversion if you want to create a more functional space like a loft bathroom or bedroom loft conversion. Thankfully, victorian terrace loft conversions are very well suited to a range of loft conversion styles.


L Shaped Loft Conversion

Victorian terrace houses are known for their unique L-shape design and this makes them ideal for maximising floor space and head height with an L-shaped dormer. This type of loft conversion creates 2 dormers joined together to form the L shape. One dormer is built over the main roof and the other is built at the back of the house creating two separate rooms. The new rooms are joined by new stairs built on the floor below. This type of loft conversion is ideal for creating two extra rooms where the larger one sits over the main property and the smaller room is towards the back of the house.


Dormer Loft Conversion

Probably the most common type of loft conversion, a dormer conversion is perfect for creating an extra room and increasing the head height. This is done by building a dormer room that protrudes from the sloping roof. The resulting rear dormer has an ideal amount of headroom and walking space and is perfect for an additional bedroom or home office.


Hip-to-Gable Loft Conversion

Victorian terrace houses that are positioned at the end of the terrace will benefit from a hip-to-gable conversion. If the end terrace property is built with a sloping roof, the process involves straightening out the slope and replacing it with a flat roof. The new roof is extended to meet a gable wall that is built at the end. A rear dormer is often combined with this type of conversion for maximum space.


Mansard Loft Conversion

If you want to increase the living space as much as possible, a mansard loft conversion is an ideal way to achieve this. During construction, the roof is removed and replaced with almost vertical 72-degree walls built at the top of the house. A new flat roof finishes off the loft resulting in a large amount of space upwards and along the length of the house.


When you begin to create your loft conversion plans, you can discuss which type of conversion will be best for your style of property and your lifestyle. In some cases, loft conversion specialists can advise you on creating a bespoke loft conversion that will suit your needs and budget.

Most Victorian Terrace Loft Conversions are Considered Permitted Development

Getting planning permission isn’t usually required for loft conversions on victorian terraced houses because they fall under the category of “permitted development”. Permitted development refers to a set of rules created to allow homeowners to make alterations to their property without the need to seek planning permission. 

A Victorian terrace loft conversion is categorised as a permitted development as long as it meets criteria such as:

  • The new roof space does not exceed 40 cubic metres or extend outwards at the front of the house
  • The height of the converted roof cannot be taller than the existing roof
  • The victorian loft conversion is not constructed with a balcony or veranda
  • The loft conversion is built using similar materials


Planning permission may be required if you live in a conservation area. If this is the case, you’ll be advised before any planning begins. In all other situations, your loft conversion specialists will make sure your conversion meets all the requirements so you can avoid needing to apply for planning permission. 

Victorian Terrace Loft Conversions Need A Party Wall Agreement

The shared walls of a victorian mid-terrace house mean you will have to serve your neighbours on both sides with a party wall notice. Because of the structural changes to the shared walls that occur during a loft conversion, a party wall agreement is needed before work can commence. The Party Wall Act 1996 was put in place to prevent disputes between neighbours relating to building developments that affect shared party walls. The party wall notice should be served at least two months before work commences.


Expert Loft Conversions for Victorian Terrace Houses

If you’d like to start planning your victorian loft conversion, contact our team of loft conversion experts today. We can help you to discover the best type of loft conversion for your victorian terrace house.

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