Loft conversions are a great way to substantially increase the available living area within your home, without the footprint of your house eating into your valuable garden space. Loft conversions are also a sure way of adding value to your house by turning the unused attic into a stylish new living space.
Loft conversions tend to fall into one of four main types, and which type you decide to use for your own loft conversion will often depend on various factors such as the design of your existing roof, your available budget, any planning restrictions and also of course your own personal preferences.
Rooflight and Velux conversions are one and the same, Velux are in fact a leading manufacturer of roof windows and with over sixty years experience of producing roof windows, the name Velux has very much become synonymous with this type of loft conversion. A Velux conversion is generally very cost effective and does not normally require planning permission.
A dormer conversion will extend the existing roof, creating both additional floor space and also headroom within the loft. Dormers protrude from the roof slope, usually at the rear of the house and can be built in a variety of styles to suit. Internally a dormer converted loft will have a horizontal ceiling and vertical walls compared to the normal conversion with diagonal sides. In lofts that have very limited space or headroom, a dormer can provide an additional area that in turn makes the conversion feasible.
The mansard roof type has two differing slopes, a lower slope that is close to vertical at seventy two degrees, and the top section nearing horizontal. A mansard roof has the distinct advantage of absolutely maximising the potential space within your loft. This style of roof is in fact named after a seventeenth century architect from France who employed this style of roof design on many of his projects.
Hip to Gable Conversions
The hip to gable conversion type often requires making substantial changes to the roof itself. First a gable wall is built to the ridge line following which a brand new section of roof is then constructed to fill in the gap. The general rule is that homes with hip roof type tend not to poses the required internal space for a conversion to be practical, and so making a hip to gable conversion is often the best solution in this case.