Everything You Need To Know About the Different Styles of Loft Conversions  

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Getting your loft converted may seem like a complicated and daunting process. From builders and architects to an overwhelming number of styles, it’s hard to know where to start! Today we’re breaking down the different styles of loft conversions to help you choose the best style for your space and budget. 

Dormer Loft Conversion

Dormer loft conversions aren’t just kind on the eyes, they’re also a particularly cost-effective option. Built from the existing slope of the roof, Dormer Loft Conversions allow for additional floor space as well as headroom, a feat difficult to achieve when extending ‘up’ instead of ‘going out’. Dormer conversions are less expensive than other styles of loft conversion and are suitable for almost any house with a sloping roof. An incredible addition to any home and Dormer conversions create a ‘minimal disruption’ in terms of construction and hassle with most completed within weeks rather than months. 

Hip to Gable Loft Conversion

Hip to gable loft conversions offer excellent benefits, including an aesthetic appeal, volume and a plethora of usable space within the finished conversion. A hip to gable loft conversion extends your roof along the sloping side, known in the trade as the hip, converting into a vertical or upright wall, known as the gable. The roof is then extended from its existing ridge to fill the gap between. Most commonly used on semi-detached and end-of-terrace properties, this style can also be suitable for some detached properties that have a hipped roof on either side, providing approved planning permission.

Mansard loft conversion

Taking its name from the 17th Century architect Francois Mansart, Mansard loft extensions can essentially add an entire additional storey to your home! Running along the length of your home, this particular type of loft conversion ultimately changes the sloping side of the roof to a virtually vertical one. With flat roofs and windows snugly set within dormers, Mansard loft conversions tend to be the most expensive type of conversion but will result in a significant amount of extra space. Mansard loft conversions are most commonly suitable for homes in London and other cities due to their ability to provide much-needed extra space in urban terraced houses.

Skylight loft conversions

Skylight loft conversions, also known as Velux conversions are one of the simplest and most cost-effective loft conversions available. If you already have enough space in your loft, a skylight loft conversion can provide extra space simply by adding in skylights, laying down a proper floor, and adding a staircase, without the hassle of planning permission in most areas. 

However, it is good to note that since the conversion uses space that you already have, without extending, this type of loft conversion can be more restricting. If budget and ease are key factors, skylight loft conversions are far more affordable than other styles and usually only take a few weeks to complete.