A loft conversion is a proficient way to create extra space in your home without too much disruption to daily life. There are different styles of conversion and some take longer than others to complete, but generally speaking even a complex project can be completed in around eight weeks. Even so, most conversions are not a job for your average DIY enthusiast. Nevertheless, you have every right to take a fair role when it comes to design. After all, this is about what you need and want. For many it is their dream project.
Many designs do not need full building permission but do need to meet certain safety standards. Mansard, Dormer and Hip to Gable are the three primary designs and each has their variations. All loft conversions must have a window, which is usually a Velux or Light Dome Window, or Sun Tunnel Skylight.
Using one of the three basic styles that suits you most is a good place to start. To know which suits you best you need to know the pros and cons of each:
1. Dormer loft conversion – This requires a structural extension on your existing property, although nothing extreme. It has a flat roof and extends like a box vertically from your roof.
The straight roof and ceiling means you can use normal windows – No problems with light or ventilation.
It can add a lot of extra m2 to your property as well as extra headroom, so perfect for low lofts.
Suits most property styles in the UK and is one of the least expensive choices. This style can also be adapted for mid-terrace property – A good all rounder!
Not always considered the prettiest solution. The Gabled Dormer, an adaptation of this design, is more …