Loft conversions are some of the most popular ways of increasing the space within a home. Here is a very brief guide to the 4 most popular kinds of loft conversion.
Roof light conversions are the simplest and cheapest way of opening up new space in your house if you have a loft. Most lofts are barely used: spider-infested caves filled with unshielded insulation and old Christmas trees. The concept behind a roof light conversion is very simple. It involves the creation of a habitable space out of a previously uninhabitable loft. As the name suggests, this usually involves the installation of roof light-style windows. Light does wonders for a room, and adding Velux style windows can a dank corner into a new room for exploitation. This kind of conversion also often involves the installation of flooring and a great deal of painting and decorating. Because this kind of conversion does not necessitate any structural changes, it is usually more affordable than other kinds, but it is limited in terms of how much space it can actually create.
In contrast, a dormer loft conversion physically adds space to an existing structure. Suitable for homes with sloping roofs, dormer loft conversions exploit the space created by an angle in the roof. They are built out of the slope, creating a boxy new space. This kind of conversion does involve some serious structural work but is far more simple than other kinds of structural alteration. Dormer conversions open up space that your house never had in the first place. The most common kind of dormer loft conversion is the ‘flat roofed’ variety.
If you have ever been to Paris, France, you’ll know what a mansard roof looks like. This steeply sloped style of roof is very space-efficient, meaning that many Parisian blocks have entire apartments situated in the loft space. In recent years it has become popular to convert normal sloped roofs into mansard roofs to gain space. This is a very expensive kind of loft conversion, but for those with deep pockets, it can really increase the headroom in a loft.
Hip To Gable
Hip to gable loft conversions can create a great deal of extra space but are only suitable for certain kinds of houses. A house that undergoes a hip to gable conversion must be detached or semi-detached and have a free-standing slope on one side. During a hip to gable conversion, the slope is completely removed and replaced with a 90-degree flat surface – increasing loft space considerably. This is a considerable alteration to the appearance and structure of the house, which means you may be unable to seek planning permission. Make sure that the conversion is actually legal before you go ahead – some areas have very strict building codes. Believe it or not, the shape of roofs is one of the most significant things that is covered by domestic building codes.