You need more space but don’t want the hassle of moving, or perhaps you are looking to sell your property and would like to add more to the market value – whatever your reason for converting your loft, it is the single most cost effective way of enhancing your home.
Loft conversions are our speciality, we work closely with you to give you a tailor made conversion that is individually designed to suit your specifications and needs.
Converting your loft can take as little as 6 weeks to complete, and their construction is not as intrusive as you might think. It’s the easiest and quickest way to extend your living space without sacrificing your garden, granting you the extra space you need without the upheaval of moving home.
Loft conversions, like your homes come in different variations and sizes. The most common conversions, dependent on your property are:
Rear Dormer – These are the most common type of loft conversion and it is essentially an extension to your existing roof. The conversion will project vertically from a sloping roof and will create additional floor space and headroom. Unlike other types of loft conversions that have slanted sides, a dormer has internal vertical walls and a horizontal ceiling. There are different types of dormer loft conversions, but you will find that a flat roof dormer will add the maximum amount of additional space.
Velux Loft Conversion – Also known as rooflight loft conversions. Velux is the leading manufacturer of roof windows so hence the name.
With this type of project, the roofline is unaltered, as the Velux windows are installed fitting flush to the roofline, leaving the original roof structure untouched. Therefore, planning permission is not generally required, making it an attractive option for many. Also, due to the fact that no large alterations need to be made to the roof, the cost of the conversion generally remains lower.
Mansard Loft Conversion – Installed at the rear of your property and has a flat roof with a back wall that slopes inwards at an angle of 72 degrees. The windows in a mansard loft conversion are usually housed within small dormers.
The easiest way to understand them is to think of it as an extension across the entire plane of your roof. When completed it is almost as if your home came with an additional storey to begin with. The increased space you will get is enough to have an office, play area or even an additional living room.
Due to the major changes in the roof shape and structure, mansard loft conversions will almost always require planning permission.
Hip to Gable Loft Conversion – A hip to gable loft conversion is where the ridge line of a hip-end roof is extended to form a gable-end roof. This type of conversion will significantly increase the size and usable space in your loft and a rear dormer is usually included which will help to maximise the size of the room.
The majority of houses that have hip roofs generally have small internal volume and so for a conversion to be a practical a hip to gable loft conversion is the solution that would be most suitable. A hip to gable loft conversion creates a much larger loft space and can often create extra space for a staircase.
Other types of loft conversions are:
Gable fronted dormer – sometimes called dog house dormers.
Hipped roof dormer – a dormer conversion with a hipped roof.
Shed dormer – a single planed roof which is pitched at a lesser angle than that of the main roof.
Have a look at some examples of our work on our portfolio page for some inspiration, or give our team a call today to discuss your requirements.
Here’s a brief guide to the process:
- Free initial consultation
- Detailed project specification and quotation
- Arrangement of payment plan and signing of contract
- Detailed architectural drawings produced by our in house architect
- Liaison with planning control to obtain permission (if needed) on your behalf
- Advisory on Party Wall agreements and any other permissions
- Project scheduling & management on and off site
- Instruction of Specialist Contractors and start the build of your Loft Conversion
- Weekly meetings with your specified project manager throughout the duration of your project
- Completion of the loft conversion & provision of completion certificates