If you are looking for a loft conversion for your home, you may have an idea of what your perfect loft space would look like. It may be a conversion to fit a home cinema, a study or even an extra bedroom. Whatever the use for your loft conversion, our team at Alvaston Loft Conversions specialise in four fantastic types of loft conversion to suit your needs. Take a look at our handy guide to fit out what they are and what exactly the terms mean.
Dormer Loft Conversions
Dormer loft conversions are one of the most popular types of loft conversions when people are looking to extend their home. Dormer loft conversions are typically in the form of a box-shaped structure that is added to a pitched roof to create a 90⁰ angled wall. This is perfect for creating a bit of extra head space in your loft area, it can also help to increase the amount of usable floor space in your loft conversion making it perfect for use as an extra room in your home.
Dormer loft conversions are one of the most popular types of loft conversions as the addition of dormer windows to your conversion is perfect for letting in a bit of extra light to your loft space, ideal for maximising your space and making it look larger. Dormer loft conversions also usually do not require planning permission in order to start building. This is because the nature of dormer conversions means that they usually fall within permitted development conditions of most buildings.
Hip-to-Gable Loft Conversion
Hip-to-gable loft conversions are another popular type of loft conversion with detached houses and bungalows. They make use of the existing shape of your roof to adapt to allow further space in your loft conversion. Hip-to-gable loft conversions extend your existing loft space by replacing an existing sloped roof in your house with a vertical roof, also known as a gable.
One of the added benefits of this loft conversion type is that it can also be possible to extend both sides of a sloped roof in order to increase floor and head space even further, this is known as a double hip-to-gable loft conversion. Hip-to-gable loft conversions are similar to dormer loft conversions in that they do not usually require planning permission to build due to them typically falling within permitted development rules on homes.
Roof-Lift Loft Conversions
Roof-lift loft conversions are created by raising the ridge line of your existing roof to a new, usually larger, height and pitch. This can massively increase the amount of space you have in your home meaning that it is perfect for adding extra bedrooms or living spaces to your property. Roof-lift loft conversions are ideal for when you have a large roof space but don’t have enough workable head space to create a decent amount of standing room in your loft area. Having a roof-lift loft conversion can help you up-size your home without the need to move house.
However, depending on your property and the scale of your loft conversion, you may need planning permission in order to build a roof-lift loft conversion on your home. This is because it will change the height and shape of the existing building and in some circumstances impact neighbouring properties.
Mansard Loft Conversions
Often likened to dormer loft conversions, mansard loft conversions are situated to the rear of your property and take the form of a flat roof with a 72⁰ angle sloped back wall. The difference between a dormer and a mansard loft conversion is the slope across the face of the mansard loft conversion. This can soften the appearance of your loft conversion. However, this can also sacrifice some head height compared to a dormer loft conversion so this is worth considering if you are deciding between the two types of loft conversion.