Types of Loft Conversion

In this section you will find the common types of available loft conversions. Some conversions are better suited to certain types of houses than others. Oakleaf Loft Conversions are here to offer their professional help and support when choosing your conversion.

Here are the main types of loft conversions:

Dormer loft conversion

Dormer conversions are the most popular style of loft conversion as they provide additional head room and floor space. They act as an extension beyond the existing roof line and normally sit at the rear of the conversion.

Flat roof dormers usually gain the most additional space, offering additional head room, but won’t look as attractive from the outside compared to hip or gable fronted dormers. Although hip ended and gable fronted dormers won’t provide as much internal space.

Hip to Gable loft conversion

Hip ended roofs generally don’t have enough space to provide a decent size room so by building.

A hip to gable conversion which involves removing the hip end of the roof, extending the ridge and pitching a gable end, this will increase the internal volume, gaining the space needed.

Mansard Loft Conversion

Mansard conversions are generally built at the rear of a building and have a steep pitched roof of 72 degrees normally on one side in-conjunction with either a flat roof or a shallow pitched roof. The windows are either fitted in small dormers or Veluxs are installed. They usually require planning permission.

Velux Loft Conversion

When the existing roof structure already provides enough space for a room, en-suite then there’s no need for alterations such as dormers or gable ends. Veluxs windows are fitted to provide natural light. Because the roof line is unaltered planning permission is generally not required, although architectural and structural drawing need to be submitted to the Local Authority for work to comply with building regulations.