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What Are The Differences Between Loft Conversions?

The type of loft conversion that you can create depends on the type of house that you live in. The area you live in will also determine what sort of planning permission is required. You can include, bathrooms, wet rooms or stunning natural light designs and much more.

There are 4 main types of loft conversions that can be done: Dormer Loft Conversion, Hip to Gable Loft Conversion, Mansard Loft Conversion and Velux Loft Conversion. Each has advantages and disadvantages depending on which type will work best with your existing house structure.

Dormer Style Loft Conversion

Dormer loft conversions rank alongside Velux loft conversions as one of the most sought-after types of conversions in Britain. These are the best method to increase the size of your home for a reasonable price.

The roof’s sloped side can be altered to create vertical walls and a flat roof to increase the area’s underhead height. If you are tall, you will feel more at home in your loft. This type of Loft conversion is generally eligible under your permitted developmental rights.

Hip-To-Gable Style Loft Conversion

You might be apprehensive about this type of conversion, but it’s actually very simple. The hip-to-gable loft conversion is simply the lifting of one hip of the roof to create more space under the ceiling.

It is possible to create a new vertical walls from the existing gables, giving rise to significant height gains.

Mansard Loft Conversion

The mansard loft conversion completely replaces one half of a property’s roof, to give it an additional floor. However, the roof structure on the opposite side is preserved.

This conversion is much more beautiful than a dormer extensions because it seamlessly fits into the existing structure of your house.

Mansard lofts can increase your home’s value due to their extensive nature and added space. You will need to submit a full application for planning permission to your Local Planning Authority due the significant restructuring they entail.

Velux Or Roof Window Loft Conversion

This is the easiest method to convert your loft. Because there is no need to modify the roof, adding roof windows is very common. The framework is left intact. You simply need to fit a skylight inside the roof’s membrane. As a skylight, the Velux windows will let in natural light which will greatly benefit your attic.

What Type Of Loft Conversion Is Best Suited To My House in Thorpe?

Not every type of loft conversion is suitable for every house. Mansard Loft conversions are more suitable for semi-detached and detached homes, whereas velux and dormer lofts work for all types of properties.

Similar to the above, hip-to gable loft conversions work best for semi-detached, detached or end terrace homes.

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Loft Conversion Services Frequently Asked Questions

Where do you put stairs for a loft conversion?

Usually, the stairs to your loft conversion are best placed over the existing staircase in terms of convenience and efficient use of space. If this is not possible, a small room or part of a large room may be sacrificed to accommodate the stairs.

What lofts Cannot be converted?

As a general rule, 2.2m from floor to ceiling at its highest point is the threshold for undertaking a loft conversion. If your loft does not meet this requirement, it's highly unlikely you'll be able to raise your pitch roof, since councils very rarely grant permission to do that.

How long does a loft conversion take?

On average, loft conversions can be done in as little as 4 weeks or may take up to 8 weeks, with certain styles less complex than others. Here are the different loft conversion types, broken down by a rough time estimation: Roof light conversions – 4 weeks on average. Dormer conversions – 5 weeks on average.

Can I stay in house during loft conversion?

If you want to stay in your home during a loft conversion, we say it's perfectly possible. You just need to be realistic about the work that will be undertaken.

Can I use my loft as a bedroom?

But when it comes to being a bedroom, a converted loft room cannot be called a bedroom merely because it offers enough space to fit a bed in, or because one has been put in there: a loft needs to be converted for the purposes of being a sleeping area, and in accordance with building regulations, in order to be called a bedroom

 

 

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