Loft conversions are a fantastic way to add space to your home without compromising the space outside. Converting your existing loft space into an extra bedroom, a master suite or simply a playroom for the kids will absolutely add value to your property and is one of the most unobtrusive ways to do so.
There are three most common types of loft conversion, all detailed below. Which type is most appropriate for your project will depend on the roof structure, whether your house is attached on either or both sides and how much space you want to gain from converting your loft.
Your first port of call when investigating a loft conversion project would be to engage with a design and build contractor such as ourselves. We will consult with you on your options, advise on the various approvals etc required and how best to manage the process. Not only that, but if we are appointed to manage your project, we will take care of all of the project management for you, removing all of the stress and worry around planning, building regs and making sure relevant stages are signed off by the appropriate people and at the required time.
Although loft conversions are usually allowed under permitted development, we would always recommend obtaining advise from your local planning department before embarking on any solid plans. All loft conversions will require sign off by building regulations.
A Velux conversion is the cheapest and simplest option of the lot. With no changes to the structure or shape of the roof, we would simply design within the existing attic space with the inclusion of pitched roof lights into the existing roof line. It is important to note however that there is still an element of flexibility with design when it comes to a roof light loft conversion… gone are the days of a simple static roof light! There are a whole range of options including pitched roof lights, combinations and balcony windows.
A dormer loft conversion is where the roof shape is altered to give extra height into the sloping side of the roof – giving more flexibility in usable space available. Subject to relevant planning approvals, again there is a whole range of options when it comes to dormer loft conversion design. As ceiling height is added to otherwise unusable space, a dormer allows for much more in the space. Where you may only fit a bedroom space in a Velux conversion, a dormer could allow you an ensuite too. It also allows a greater opportunity for adding glazing – French doors or full height windows can be added to flood the space with light or perhaps even a roof terrace could be integrated into the design.
Hip to Gable
A hip to gable loft conversion gives you the maximum space available of all three options detailed here. Due to the level of work and structural changes involved, this is also the most expensive of the three. The sloped side of the roof is lifted to bring the vertical line of the building all the way up to the ridge. Due to it’s design this type of loft conversion is most popular with semi-detatched houses and you may well have noticed more and more of these loft conversions in Birmingham and the wider area in recent years, as the cost to move can mount up to a whole lot more than adding extra space this way.