Different Types of Loft Conversions in the UK
If you have decided to explore the option of converting your loft space into another living space, you may find yourself bamboozled with the different types of loft conversions in the UK. There are various options to choose from for varying budgets and suitability to the space available.
When researching your loft conversion, you should be familiar with the type of roof you have. If your home is pre 1965, it is likely you have a traditional cut rafter and purlin roof, these are easier to convert than more modern post 1965 roofs which are likely to be the modern trussed roof – which can be more difbrightficult and may need further structural support.
You will also need to consider the height and space of your loft area, is there enough room to stand comfortably? Is there enough space to use the area as a functional space? What do you envision using the space for? There are many different types of loft conversions and uses such as an office space, additional bedroom, cinema room or a den for enjoying some quiet space or entertaining friends.
We have helped break down the most common types of loft conversions in the UK for you to read through below to help you decide what might be the most suitable option for you – this will often depend on the loft height and space available, but we are happy to advise and guide you based on our years of knowledge. We will only recommend the most suitable option for your vision.
A dormer loft conversion is the reshaping of the roof to give a greater internal height and space, and is the most popular type of loft conversion in the UK.
Within your dormer conversion we can often find the space for at least one bedroom and an en-suite bath or shower room. This is why this a dormer loft conversion remains one of the most common types of loft conversion as it makes it ideal for creating an additional bedroom in your home.
All our dormers are clad with a GRP flat roof to give the best protection from the elements. Typically, they have Velux roof light windows on the front face of the roof and full sized UPVC windows at the rear.
Dormers are normally situated at the back or side of your property, although you may have noticed some properties around Brighton with dormers on the front face of the roof. However, these types of loft conversions have various restriction on them, and so would need planning permission which is becoming increasingly hard to obtain.
Dormer conversions are kept light and airy by utilizing Velux roof lights in combination with full sized UPVC windows at the rear.
A Hip to Gable conversion is typically only suitable for detached, semi-detached and end of terrace properties. It involves extending the hip line of your roof to form a new gable end.
These types of loft conversions increase your roof space and so give a greater area for conversion. Often the new gable end will also allow your new staircase to be installed directly above your existing one, maximizing usable floor space as well as creating flow through your home.
We have found that we are often able to find the space for two decent sized bedrooms and a bath or shower room within a hip to gable conversion.
A Velux or Roof Light Conversion is converting your loft without changing the roofs existing profile.
Only a small amount of alterations are required to the roof structure. This is one of the simplest types of loft conversions and hence a great option for those looking for more space on a budget. However, they aren't suitable for all loft spaces as good existing head height in the loft is essential.
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