How Do The Types of Loft Conversions Differ?

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So you’ve decided you want a loft conversion? But did you know there are many different types of loft conversions to choose from? The one you choose is likely to depend on the type of home you have and your budget available. Some loft conversions for example, might only be suitable for detached or semi-detached homes.

Luckily, there is usually a loft conversion option available for most types of home and a loft conversion specialist such as The Brighton Loft Company can work with you to determine this and find a solution that meets your needs and suits your property!

Different types of loft conversions use different methods of adapting the loft space to make it liveable and extend space if necessary. Building regulations have to be taken into consideration when it comes to a loft conversion, so while you may feel a space is currently adequate you need to account for headroom, access and changes to make the space liveable and safe.

Here are the main types of loft conversion you will see in the UK:

Roof Light Conversion

A roof light conversion is one of the most affordable and least disruptive options of loft conversion, but it relies on having a large loft space with suitable headroom already. If this is the case, rather than making changes to extend the roof, the loft is converted to make it a liveable space. Skylights are added into the roof structure to allow for natural light to enter the space as well as suitable flooring and a staircase to provide safe entrance to the loft space.

Other changes or additions will be made, such as providing suitable walls and insulation, heating and electricity supply to make it habitable. As the roof is not adapted aside from the installation of sky lights, there will be a pitched ceiling, but as long as there is adequate head space this can be a suitable living space, additional bedroom or home office.

Dormer Loft Conversion

If it is necessary or desired to extend headroom or floor space, then a dormer loft conversion is one of the most popular options and suits most types of home. A dormer loft conversion will usually involve an extension to the rear of the property, but can be added to the front or the side of the home with the adequate planning permission.

A dormer loft conversion adds space by providing an extension that protrudes from the slope of the roof. This can be single, or extend across the width of the roof to maximise the space for the loft conversion.

Because this type of loft conversion can extend from any side of the roof, usually the rear, it is suitable for all types of home such as terraced, semi-detached and detached.

Hip To Gable Loft Conversion

A hip to gable loft conversion is where the sloping hip roof is extended at the side of the property to help create a vertical gable wall, which the roof can be extended over to create increased floor and headspace.

It is a popular choice because of this and its ability to help maximise space and complement the rest of the home without being too obvious. This helps to create a spacious living space that can work as a spare bedroom and bathroom, self-contained living space, office, studio or whatever you desire!

Because this type of loft conversion extends from the side, it is only suitable for semi-detached or detached homes or end of terrace houses if permissions allow. However, if your property allows, it is one of the most effective ways of adapting your loft space.


What type of loft conversion is right for me?

The right loft conversion for you will depend on your property such as if it is terraced, semi-detached or detached as well as the headroom and floorspace available. Different types of homes will suit different types of loft conversions. Other factors will come into play such as what you intend to use the space for, your budget and the planning permissions for your area. The Brighton Loft Company are happy to view your space and discuss your plans for your loft conversion and suggest the best route of action as well as seeking and overseeing the adequate planning permissions and building regulations.

What building regulations do loft conversions need to adhere to?

While in the majority of cases, you may not need planning permission for your loft conversion, there are building regulations that need to be adhered to for your loft conversion to ensure it is safe and provides a habitable space.

These building regulations include things such as ensuring there is sufficient headspace, sound insulation, thermal insulation, electrical supply, safe escape from fire, structural strength and safely designed stairs and entry to the loft space. Throughout our process with you, we will advise and oversee the project to ensure these requirements are adhered to.

How much does a loft conversion cost?

The price of a loft conversion will vary depending on the scale of work, level of refurbishment needed and building work to be done. However, the average price is usually between £30-50k depending on the different types of loft conversion. While this can be quite the investment, it can help to add value to your property price and is a much desired feature. It also helps to extend your living space and can often mean avoiding the need to move home if you need more space.


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