Different Types of Loft Conversions

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Adding extra room to your home without adding a full extension is possible when converting your loft. There are many impressive changes a loft conversion can do for a home. Choosing the loft type to get can be a matter of preference as well as a matter of practicality.

You can only add on the extra living space you want a certain way depending on the style of roof you already have. This guide describes the types of lofts in greater detail to help you make a decision.

Rooflight Conversion

Adding rooflights to the front or back of your roof space is a simple trick for adding space. The roof does not need to be extended. Add windows to the gable walls and your additional space is ready with minimal construction.

Dormer

A sloping roof is best suited with this style of conversion where a vertical wall is built from the bottom of the roof. Another flat roof is built to connect with the vertical wall and allows for plenty of room. This is the most common type, and you do not need to obtain planning permission in most instances.

Hip to Gable

This type of conversion takes the slope of a roof and transforms it to flat gabled end. Planning permission may be needed for this ideal option for bungalows, semi-detached, and detached homes.

Gable to Gable

Terraced houses benefit from rebuilds that increase the roof pitch so it is almost vertical to the ceiling. This forms a wall with windows which forms a flat back by the ridge to create a spacious area indoors.

This is a suitable type for fink-truss roofs which were trendy in the late 1960s. Originally, these were not considered conversion-worthy. Now, with gable to gable conversions they are.

Mansard

This type of loft usually requires planning permission. It involves major changes to the home's structure to construct a flat roof and back wall that slopes. These are among the most costly conversions and require significant construction.

If the above basic roof conversion styles do not work for you there are still more options to think about. You could replace the roof by taking a shallow pitched roof and replacing it with a steeply pitched roof. You end up with greater space inside. You can also lower the ceiling on the storey beneath the roof area to create extra space below.

There are conversions that are suitable for any type of structure. Knowing all the options there are should make it easier to choose the conversion right for you. Always consult with loft conversion specialist to find out your best option.