Good call: you’ve decided to get a loft conversion.

It’s easily the cheapest way to extend your house with minimal disruption. But now you’re wondering which of the different types of loft conversion to choose.

Your final decision will be influenced by a number of factors. These include:

  • The type of loft space you have
  • Planning permission
  • The space you wish to create
  • Your budget

To help you understand how you can create that space you need, we’re going to outline the three main types of loft conversion.

Dormer Loft Conversions

There are a lucky handful of homeowners who can convert their loft without altering the shape or pitch of their roof. These Velux® conversions simply add skylight windows to the loft, but houses suitable for them are few and far between.

By far the most popular alternative is the dormer loft conversion.

These rarely require any planning permission, unless you happen to live in a conservation area. The extra space that your loft needs is created by extending out from the slope of your roof.

Whilst a lot of extra headroom and floor space is created there are still likely to be areas of your loft room where you cannot stand tall.

What’s so attractive about dormer conversions is their cost. They are considerably cheaper and quicker to complete than mansard or hip-to-gable conversions.

However, if it’s lots of space that you really want…

Hip-To-Gable Loft Conversions

This type of conversion is sometimes called a gable-end conversion. It extends the sloping side roof of your home (the ‘hip’) to create a vertical ‘gable’ wall. And, in doing so, it creates all that lovely internal loft space you need.

Only those who live in semi-detached or detached properties can consider these loft conversions because of the way your roof is extended.

Should you live in a detached property with sloping roofs on either side it is possible to build on both of these to create even more space.

Mansard Loft Conversions

There is a way to create more space regardless of whether you live in a terraced, semi-detached or detached house.

Mansard conversions run along the whole length of your home’s roof. And it is for this reason that they tend to be the most expensive type of loft conversion.

But if it’s space you crave this may well be your best option.

Mansard conversions alter the angle of your roof’s slope. Indeed, it can sometimes be made almost vertical.

Does all that space justify the expense? We think so, but it certainly isn’t an option for those on a tight budget.

Which Type Of Loft Conversion Do You Need?

The best way to find out what’s possible for your home, and visualise the space that can be created is to chat to us on 01273 539124.

We can talk you through your options, provide you with a free quote and start making that dream of extra space a reality.

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