Different Types of Lofts

Types of Loft Conversions

It’s probably a good idea for you to be conversant with the different loft conversions in the market today. The three main types are Mansard, Hip to Gable, and Dormer.

Before selecting with loft conversion type you’d like to implement on your home, different aspects of your loft need to be considered. Things like the size and square footage are quite especially important during planning. We can also assist you in determining other specifics like the probability of whether your planned loft conversion is likely to be granted planning permission.

As veterans in the trade, we’ve handled different house designs ranging from cross-shaped cathedral halls to T-shaped buildings, plus many more.

That said, all of our loft conversions are bespoke in quality. The customization involved ensures that all construction adheres to the brief you give us beforehand. As always, our objective is to always meet your needs and demands since every project is usually unique in nature.

Dormer Conversion

This option works fantastically well for anyone looking to venture into loft conversion. Ideally, the plan here focuses on building an integrated window extension. The focus is to achieve greater headroom in the loft region. As part of the Dormer Conversion process, we also consider providing stair access.

While Dormer Conversion is one of the best plans in the construction field, it is slightly less popular because of the fact that planning permission is required from the local authority. If this is the route you choose to take, then, you need not worry since many applications are usually granted on first application.

Pros

  • Provides good ventilation and lighting system
  • Fits numerous UK houses
  • The finish impressively leaves straight walls and flat ceilings
  • Introduces useful headroom even in cramped attic spaces
  • Quite affordable compared to the other options
  • This type of construction usually falls under permitted development
  • Creates plenty of extra internal space

Cons

  • Not necessarily the most aesthetic option. If you want to go this route, we’d advise picking a gabled dormer which has an inverted shaped roof. By choosing this “v” shape on the Dormer, you’ll be massively boosting the visual appeal of your property.

 

Mansard Conversion

The Mansard Style roof is very unique in style. Given this trait, conducting a loft conversion usually further enhances the appeal of the property.

Many people usually opt for the Mansard Conversions because it doesn’t require extra stonework to be performed on the exterior.  Notably, it is also a fan favourite because many people use Mansard Conversion to conceal boilers and various other central heating systems.

Numerous owners who embrace Mansard Conversions usually pick it for old houses which have naturally flat roofs.

Pros

  • More aesthetically pleasing than the Dormer option
  • Fits well even with older properties
  • Provides the most headroom than every other type of conversion
  • Usually allows entry of more light into loft spaces

Cons

  • You may need planning permission in order to get started
  • Lengthy construction time
  • Much more expensive than other loft conversion systems

 

Hip to Gable Loft Conversion

Most properties tend to have regular roofing systems with a sloped/ ‘hipped’ roof. While this design has some aesthetic appeal, it usually means that the storage space in the loft region is quite limited. Hip to Gable conversions are usually carried out on such properties in a bid to create some extra room.

The extension is typically carried out on the sloping side. The gable (vertical wall) introduced is typically the same height as the ridge. With the extra space created, you can use the loft area for anything you desire. Some popular options include a play area, lounge space, and a home office.

To make maximum utility of your home, you can opt to adjust both sloping sides of your roof in a procedure referred to as the double hip to gable loft conversion.

Pros

  • Fantastic aesthetic option because it naturally blends with older properties
  • Perfectly combines with a rear dormer loft if you’re looking to make the most of the loft conversion process from a space perspective
  • Ideal for chalets and bungalows

Cons

  • Much pricier than the Dormer option
  • Not a good fit for mid-terrace properties
  • Can cause an imbalance in the neighbourhood if your neighbour doesn’t have one.

 

Roof Light Loft Conversion

This option doesn’t involve any alteration or expansion of existing space. All that is introduced are extra windows and a reinforced floor in order to convert the loft space into a comfortable living space.

Pros

  • Considerably cheaper by about 25% than all other conversion types
  • Much more likely to get approvals in conversation regions
  • There’s sufficient room for storage if you can use your eaves intelligently

Con

  • May need planning permission if the windows introduced are at the front
  • There’s limited headroom which inhibits stair construction
  • Compared to other conversion types, this one does not open up more space