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Gone are the days when bungalows were associated with mature homeowners and downsizing. Nowadays, many people including young families are interested in buying bungalows for their renovation potential. Depending on the type of single-storey home, bungalow loft conversions are an ideal way to increase the living space and value of your home and add a second floor.


Why is Converting a Bungalow Loft a Good Idea?

Many bungalows were built on spacious plots so that all of the rooms you would find in a two-storey house are contained within a single-storey. The large footprint of some bungalow houses makes them prime candidates for extensions and loft conversions. The large pitched roof of a bungalow-style home also adds to the appeal of converting the loft to add additional rooms. Some loft conversions like Velux loft conversions are relatively simple to achieve, cost-effective and can completely change the way you use your loft space.


What are the Different Types of Bungalow Loft Conversions?

Luckily, bungalow houses are suited to most styles of loft conversion. The type of bungalow loft conversion you choose will depend on the style of your bungalow and how much additional space you’d like to create. There are four types of loft conversions that work well on bungalows:


Each type of loft conversion has its benefits and as long as you have load-bearing walls and sufficient space to install a staircase in your bungalow-style house, your loft conversion specialist will be able to advise you on the best way to convert your bungalow loft. 


What Type of Loft Conversion is Best for a Bungalow?

Whether you’re looking to turn your single-storey home into a one-and-a-half-storey house or you just want to create extra storage space in your loft, your choice of bungalow loft conversion will depend on structural suitability, budget and the vision you have for your new living space. It is worth noting that since bungalows were built with one storey in mind, some bungalow properties may not be suitable for conversion. In every case, experienced loft converters will be able to assess the suitability of your bungalow before making any plans.


Dormer Loft Conversions

Adding a dormer roof to your bungalow is a popular type of bungalow renovation and having dormer windows on the front helps to maintain a home’s traditional appearance. Dormer loft conversions on bungalows are achieved by creating a box-shaped room with a flat roof and 90-degree walls. The resulting structure protrudes from the roof but compliments the look of the property. A bungalow dormer loft conversion transforms your single-storey house into a chalet bungalow, also known as a dormer bungalow.


Rooflight Loft conversions

Also known as Velux loft conversions, this basic roof conversion is perfect for bungalows with a good amount of head height in the roof. The simple process of creating a roof light loft conversion involves adding Velux windows to the existing roof to add light and fresh air to the space. This conversion will cause the least amount of disturbance since the structure of the roof doesn’t change. Adding rooflight windows will instantly transform your loft space and is ideal if you want to convert your loft in a cost-effective way.


Hip-to-Gable Loft Conversions

This slightly more complex type of loft conversion is suitable for semi-detached bungalows. Bungalow houses that are semi-detached often have a hipped or sloping roof. The hip-to-gable conversion process involves replacing the sloped roof with a flat roof and building a wall at the end known as a gable wall. This results in a higher roof which equals more head space With a hip-to-gable conversion, the gable wall is built on the detached side with brickwork to match the existing walls so everything looks streamlined and natural.


Mansard Loft Conversions

This type of bungalow loft conversion is probably the most complex one to install but will have a huge impact. If you want to add a second floor to your bungalow, a mansard loft conversion will help you to achieve the feel of maximum floor space and head height. During the conversion, a flat roof is created along with a back wall that sits at 72 degrees creating extra height in the loft space. This adaptation is usually built onto the back of the house and utilises the entire length of a single-storey property, potentially giving you double the living space. This type of loft conversion is perfect for growing families looking to future-proof their homes.


When it comes to loft conversions for bungalows, you will need some expert advice in choosing the right type. For over five decades, Alvaston Loft Conversions Ltd have been creating bungalow loft conversions in the West Midlands. We have an expert team who can assess the structural suitability of your bungalow for a loft conversion and help you to choose the one that works best for you.


Whether you want to create a modern chalet bungalow or want to transform your bungalow into a one-and-a-half-storey house, Alvaston Loft Conversions can help. Contact us online for more information or call us on 01922402720.

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