Although loft conversions are a great way to create more space within your property and add extra value to your home; there are many different types and so it is important to choose the conversion that is right for you and your property. This will depend on a number of things including the type of home you live in, what style of roof you have, whether or not planning permission is required and your budget.
Here at MPK Lofts Conversion & Construction we are dedicated to giving you all the information you will need to make an informed decision regarding your loft conversion. With that in mind let’s take a look at some of the options.
Velux Only –
Here the word Velux refers to the leading manufacturer of windows and lights for roofs which are used during this loft conversion and this is why it is often called a rooflight conversion. A Velux loft conversion requires the least amount of work to be done and so it often works out as the least costly option; perfect for any budget. As the existing roof line is left untouched during a Velux conversion it is suitable for any roof type and most of the time doesn’t require planning permission.
Flat Roof Dormer –
As the name suggests this option will leave you with a flat roof conversion, however there are other types of Dormer conversions that have different roof shapes. A Dormer conversion is most common in mid terrace houses and will be the best option if you want large amounts of increased space and head room. The word Dormer refers to the wooden structure that is created which can then be made to match your existing features.
Due to the fact that more work is involved than with some of the other options a Dormer conversion can be more costly but doesn’t usually require planning permission. You may encounter some problems with this though if you overlook a public highway.
Pitched Roof Dormer –
A pitched roof Dormer is largely the same as a Flat roof dormer except the roof is pitched in the middle instead of being flat. This type of conversion is more suited to a property at the end of a row of terrace houses or one that is detached. Like the flat roofed version, it also shouldn’t require planning permission unless you are overlooking a public highway.
Raised Up Side Gable –
Also known as a hip to gable conversion this option requires the most amount of work as it changes the shape of the existing roof. This type of conversion is suitable for properties that have a sloping or ‘hip’ roof which is then raised up to create more space and is turned into a flat gable end. Houses that require this type of conversion usually have limited internal space and so the hip to gable option is the best way to extend this and even makes room for an extra staircase. Raised up side gable conversions are usually within permitted development but on some occasions they may require planning permission especially if you’re overlooking a conservation area.