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Loft Conversion Before and After: Types and Uses

If you’re thinking of converting your loft, the type of conversion you choose will largely be dependent on what you want to use the space for. For example, a simple skylight loft conversion may not be suitable for a master suite. With this in mind, take your inspiration from different sources such as loft conversion before and after galleries. They will offer a view on the type of work to be done and give ideas on rooms uses.
Here are just a few suggestions.

Simple Skylight Loft Conversions

If your budget is tight and you only need an extra room for occasional use, a skylight conversion may be all you need. Often requiring minimal structural work in comparison with more complex jobs, a loft conversion that only alters the roof in the form of skylights is an economical way of achieving extra space.

However, you will find that these attic extensions may have limited uses. Skylight loft conversions are great for infrequent use such as a guest bedroom, for example. They’re usually also suitable for use as a home office or a child’s bedroom. If you have grander plans, however, then you may wish to choose an alternative that gives you added head height.

Dormer Loft Conversions

Dormer loft conversions are one of the most popular methods of extending an attic as they provide added head height and are suitable for most properties with a sloping roof. With a flat-topped window built into the elevation of the roof, they’re a cost-effective way to add extra space.

Take a look at loft conversion before and after pictures to gain an idea of how much extra space you could create, and you’ll see that this type of loft conversion can be used in a variety of ways.

Dormer loft conversions make excellent bedrooms, particularly master suites, as they deliver a large room the size of the footprint of the home. You’ll often be able to include an ensuite, and perhaps even a dressing room. Alternatively, you may be able to fit two bedrooms into the space, with a Jack and Jill bathroom in between.

Hip to Gable Loft Conversions

A popular option for semi-detached or detached properties, a hip to gable loft conversion involves replacing the hipped roof. This is a sloping side roof with a gable end (a vertical wall extending from floor to roof). The roof stretches across the side area of the property to provide extra space.

Hip to gable conversions are ideal if you need a fair amount of extra space. Let's say, if you wish to fit more than one room into your loft conversion, or require an ample space for a home studio. You may also be able to combine a hip to gable conversion with a dormer window to maximise the space you have up top.

Mansard Loft Conversion

Mansard loft conversions change the roof structure and shape of your property considerably, courtesy of a flat roof meeting a back wall sloping at a 72-degree angle. They also usually include small dormer windows as part of the build. Although they typically require planning permission for the amount of structural work involved, these conversions also tend to provide the most extensive amount of additional living space.

If you want to combine a home office and a bedroom, a mansard loft conversion will give you ample space. Similarly, you could have a master bedroom next to a child’s nursery or create some additional living space. Take your inspiration from loft conversion before and after galleries to see how your home can change shape with a mansard conversion.

Let us Inspire you with Loft Conversion Before and After Galleries

Still not sure what type of loft conversion would best suit the use you have in mind? Ask us about our loft conversion before and after galleries to inspire your ideas. We are happy to talk through your ideas to see what type of conversion would best suit your needs. Get in touch today, and let’s start planning your new additional space!

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