You are looking into converting your ‘dead’ loft space into a room you can live in. Good thinking!
Just picture the extra possibilities there will be for your family. Perhaps you are looking into a guest bedroom, or an office to work in, a playroom for the kids or even a long-dreamed of man cave.
Let’s help you understand how you can create that space.
Understanding The Different Types Of Loft Conversion
There are four main types of loft conversion that you can have. To help you decide which will best suit your home we are going to introduce you to each of them.
Velux loft conversions
If your loft is already large enough then a Velux conversion should do the job perfectly.
These are sometimes called skylight conversions because they simply add windows to the slope of your roof to create the necessary light for your room.
They offer a very cost-effective way to make your loft into a room. In addition they also provide the least disruptive way to achieve this. There is no need to alter the shape or pitch of your roof – you just add a skylight in, lay down a proper floor and install a stairway leading up to your new room.
Sounds great, doesn’t it?
The main drawback is that very few houses, particularly detached or older properties, actually have a roof that has sufficient space available to do this with.
In most you must create the space first: let’s take a look at how you can do this.
Dormer Loft Conversions
A Dormer loft conversion creates the extra space that your loft needs by extending out from the slope of your roof.
Dormers are far and away the most popular type of loft conversion. Whilst they are suitable for pretty much any house that has a sloping roof there can be planning permission issues with them, particularly if you live in one of Brighton’s many conservation areas.
Dormer conversions will add a lot of extra headroom and floor space but you should be aware that there are still likely to be areas of your loft room where you cannot stand tall.
Their undeniable attraction, however, lies in the fact that they are considerably cheaper and quicker to complete than the remaining two types of loft conversion we are going to discuss.
If what you want is plenty of space in your loft then you really need to consider a mansard or gable-end conversion.
Unfortunately these are not an option for everyone.
Let’s talk about gable-end conversions first.
Gable-end loft conversions
These conversions are only suitable for detached or semi-detached properties because of the way they extend your roof.
This type of conversion is sometimes known as a hip-to-gable conversion because it extends the sloping ‘hip’ roof at the side of your property outwards to create a vertical ‘gable’ wall. It is this that creates all that extra internal loft space.
If you live in a detached property with sloping roofs on either side it is possible to build on both of these to create a supremely spacious loft room.
Mansard Loft Conversions
Mansard extensions run along the whole length of your house’s roof. For this reason they tend to be the most expensive option but they are suitable for most property types, including terraced, semi-detached and detached houses. (Again, planning regulations may come into play but we can help you look into this.)
A mansard conversion alters the angle of your roof’s slope: it can make it almost vertical.
The sheer luxury of the space you can create does justify the expense, but if you are on a fairly tight budget you are unlikely to be able to afford this luxury.
Which loft conversion is right for you?
It often helps to get things measured out and talk through your plans with a local expert who can advise you about which type best suits your space, house, goals and budget.
It’s your first step towards making you dreams a reality.