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Types of Loft Conversions in London

10.12.12

Loft conversions in London are a great way to extend your existing home for a fraction of the cost of moving. By adding an extra bedroom or bathroom, you are sure to be adding value to your home whilst making the most of the extra space.

There are several different types of loft conversions. The one you opt for will be dependent upon the style and build of your current home, your budget and the desired look that you want to achieve.

Dormer Conversion

These are the most common types of loft conversions London homeowners choose. A structure is added on to the plane of a sloping roof. A dormer conversion maximises the amount of space that you have and so they can help to gain the head height needed for a set of new stairs. Dormer conversions can be used for an ensuite or if big enough a completely new room or bathroom. If the roof of your property is big enough, it is possible to have a roof with more than one dormer.

Hip to Gable Loft Conversion

If your home has a “hipped” roof or a sloping side, then it may be impossible to have a traditional dormer type conversion. The diagonally sloping ceiling means you will have a small volume area and a low amount of headroom. Additionally, hipped roofs cannot often support the beams and joists that are needed in a traditional conversion. For a hipped roof, a loft conversion will mean using a hip to gable conversion. This means swapping the sloping side of the roof for a wall that vertically runs into the full height of the property. The new loft space is created by the gap between the roof and this new wall. Hip to gable loft conversions in London are a great way to gain space whilst maintaining the aesthetic integrity of your city home.

Velux Loft Conversion

A Velux or roof light conversion refers to where no dormer or extension is added to the structure of the house, but Velux windows are added instead. As no alterations are made to the outer or roof structure, this tends to be the cheaper option and therefore, many people who are on a strict budget that are looking for loft conversions in London opt for a Velux style conversion. By using Velux windows in a cluster, it is possible to create a room which is flooded with light.

A Velux conversion works well for lofts where there is already a good amount of headroom. Also if your home has constraints with planning permission, for example if you live in a conservation area or listed building, this type of loft conversion will be better suited to your home. Velux roof windows can be fitted quickly and easily so that there is minimal disruption or delays due to bad weather.

Mansard Loft Conversion

Named after the 17th century French architect Francois Masart, Mansard style loft conversions give you the maximum amount of space. They are best described as an extension across the entire plane of your roof and appear as an additional storey to your house. Whilst Mansard conversions allow for the most space, they will inevitably require planning permission and will tend to be a more expensive option. They best suit older, more traditional properties and for this reason are popular for people choosing loft conversions in London.

These are the most popular types of loft conversions. London homeowners will probably consider the style of their property, budget and amount of space required as the most important factors dictating the choice, but remember to consider also budget, what the new room will be used for and whether planning permission is viable in your area.

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