Is My Loft Space Suitable For A Conversion?
Building A Loft – Before work is able to begin in your loft space, there are a few very important questions that must be answered before you proceed. If you have any questions that we may not have covered just reach out.
So the main questions you must ask yourself:
Does my loft have enough head height when standing?
The acceptable high is 2 meters, between the finished floor and ceiling. You must account for the floor and ceiling build-up, usually, this is around 30cm. If the loft space exceeds 2 meters then great news you’re likely to be able to convert your loft! Though, if it does not don’t worry there are other ways around this and we can help you with this.
Will I require planning permission?
The large majority of loft conversions are full under permitted development, meaning planning permission isn’t required if they are full in-between these lines. However, there are certain situations, such as raising the roof height, living in a flat or the property is currently is being situated in a conservation area where planning permission must be carried out.
What type of conversion would suit my house?
You’re in luck! Below we’ve broken down each type of loft conversion for you!
Types Of Loft Conversions
There are 4 main options for loft conversions that you will find that are able to transform your home in under 8 weeks and increase the volume by 20%. It is crucial when doing this to take in several considerations such as light, headroom, appealing and comfortable living space, and the most amount of value you can add to your home.
Loft conversions are one of the most common and effective ways to add space and value to your home. Additional space can add an entirely new top floor to your home with endless possibilities a to what you can do with this space.
Dormer Loft Conversion
A rear dormer loft conversion is an extension to the existing roof at the rear of the property. The extension projects vertically from the sloping roof, giving you extra space, headroom, and storage within the loft area. Inside, the dormer will have vertical walls and a flat horizontal ceiling. This type of loft conversion often provides a home with a new large double bedroom or two smaller additional bedrooms and a bathroom. but it’s up to you what you do with the room!
L-Shaped Dormer Loft Conversion
An L-shaped dormer conversion is built at the rear of the home, similar to a rear dormer. Giving you additional floor space and headroom within the loft area. However, the difference is the two dormer extensions are connected together adding considerably more space than any other conversions. Due to their shape, an L-shaped dormer conversion can be more suitable for a Victorian or an Edwardian home where the kitchen and bathroom are suited at the rear of the house.
Hip To Gable Loft Conversion
This type of loft conversion is an extension to the side of your roof area. The front and rear elevations are extended and the side roof is elevation is then removed and replaced with a vertical gable end. This type of conversion is often incorporated with a rear dormer conversion.
Mansard Loft Conversion
Mansard loft conversions often give the largest results in providing potential living spaces. However, these types of loft conversions involve the most construction work and often come at a larger cost. Mansard loft conversions are often constructed at the rear of the property but it is not uncommon to see this at the front of the home. This type of loft conversion alters the structure of your sloped roof so the gradient is close to 72 degrees. Windows and balconies (if wanted) are built into the structure of the roof as small dormers provide little extra head height when standing.
Velux Loft Conversions
One of the most simple loft conversions of them all, the roof structure will remain unchanged externally often meaning construction costs can be lower. Although, Velux loft conversions add an additional space most likely one bedroom.
So You’ve Decided On A Loft Conversion, But Is It Right For You?
A loft conversion gives you the opportunity to add more space to your home, whether it be for extra bedrooms or for a home office. Loft conversions are undoubtedly one of the most cost-effective solutions to add additional space and more value to your home. There are various purposes for the additional space that a loft conversion creates.
As your family begins to grow, whether this is from a new member joining the family or blending two families together. A loft conversion gives you considerably more space without the added stress of house hunting for a larger home and going through the ever-painful buying and selling process. Expanding your home takes away the hassle of relocating your family and disrupting daily life such as school, environment, and friendships.
A loft conversion gives you the ability to add value to your house easily, an extra bedroom or space can add significant value. Whether you want to release equity from your home, or buying and re-selling a property, renting the house can also help. Loft conversions certainly make sense if you wish to add investment.
As many businesses make the change to take more permeant changes to work from home. Long are the days of 2-hour commutes and the home work-life balance becomes easier. Meaning more space has to be created for a more permeant change. A loft conversion gives you this availability as well as the chance to not only use the room for a home office but another bedroom or a playroom. The opportunities are endless!