Does your home have a loft? If so, have you thought about your use of it? Is it just a store room for temporarily or even permanently used ‘junk’?
The loft is often our home’s largest area but we rarely give that a thought, so a loft conversion could enhance both our living space and the value of our home! There are different types of loft conversions:
Mansard Loft Conversion:
A mansard loft conversion is a conversion to the rear of your property. This type of conversion has a flat roof, with the back wall sloping inwards at an angle of 72 degrees. Windows are usually housed within small dormers. Mansard loft conversions almost always require planning permission, due to the large changes in the roof shape and structure. This style of loft conversion is named after a 17th-century, French architect Francois Mansart. A mansard roof has the advantage of maximising the available space within your loft.
Dormer Loft Conversion:
A dormer loft conversion is an extension to the existing roof, that projects vertically from a sloping roof, creating additional floor space and headroom within the building. Internally, a dormer has vertical walls and horizontal ceiling, compared to the normal slanted sides of a loft conversion. A dormer is the most common type of loft conversion. Although dormer loft conversions may not look quite as attractive from outside the property as the other types of conversions, flat roof dormers often add the maximum amount of additional space. However, you can have gable fronted and hipped roof dormers, which look more attractive, but they do not offer as much internal space. Also due to the added complexity, they will cost more to build. An added bonus with dormer loft conversions is that you are often allowed to construct a dormer conversion without gaining planning permission, although planning permission may be required.
There are four different styles of dormer loft conversions:
- A flat roof dormer – which is a dormer conversion, with a flat roof.
- A gable fronted dormer – which are sometimes called dog house dormers.
- A hipped roof dormer – which is a dormer conversion, with a hipped roof.
- A shed dormer – which is a single planed roof, which is pitched at a lesser angle than the main roof.
Velux Loft Conversion:
Velux loft conversions are also known as rooflight loft conversions. Velux are the leading manufacturer of roof windows, now with over 60 years experience of making roof windows/lights. With this type of conversion the roof line is unaltered, as the velux windows are installed fitting flush to the roof line, leaving the original roof structure untouched. Therefore, for this type of loft conversion you generally do not need planning permission, which is what makes this type of conversion so different from the other types. Also, due to the fact that no large alterations should be made to the roof, it is likely to help keep the cost of the conversion down.
Hip to Gable Loft Conversion:
The majority of houses that have hip roofs tend to have a reasonably small internal volume, so for a conversion to be practical, a hip to gable loft conversion is normally the most suitable solution. A hip to gable loft conversion involves changing the sloping side of your property, the “hipped side”, to a flat gable end. This creates a much larger loft space, often creating that extra space for the staircase. As this type of loft conversion changes the outline of the roof, planning permission may well be required.
Westbridge carry out loft conversions by following one of the two procedures below:
- Westbridge Construction are able to manage the project from the outset, either contracting directly to experienced architects or recommending a known and trusted architect to draw the initial plans. The architect will handle the planning permission application (if planning permission is required) and building regulations application, and we will then carry out the build stage from this point
- We often find that the client already has drawings, planning permission has been granted (or is not needed) and they have building regulations approval. Westbridge Construction will then take over the project for the build stage and furthermore, is able to commence works at short notice due to the depth of resources of the company.