Many homeowners crave more room in their property and a home improvement project can be the ideal way to increase your living space without having to move. Loft conversions are one of the simplest, best solutions, and it’s not hard to see why. It’s the ideal choice if you’re happy with where you live and don’t want to move home just for the sake of adding an extra room to your property. Creating an additional space for whatever purpose you need it for, there are several different loft designs you can select for your home.
Here are three of the most popular types of loft conversion available and reasons why you may choose them for your property.
While loft conversions are a great way to create more space in the home, it can sometimes be hard to imagine how there will be enough space for what you need it for, whether a home office, relaxing den or bedroom. This is where dormer conversions come in handy, creating extra pockets of space at either the back, front or even the sides of the home with a small vertical flat roof. This is the most common type of loft conversion, providing greater internal height and floor space to the loft area. Dormer windows also look stunning from the outside, adding bucketloads of character to the exterior of the home. Other benefits include enhanced natural light and ventilation, creating a more comfortable living area.
Ideal for: Smaller-scale conversions which require more space to be added to the loft area
Hip to Gable Conversions
A hip to gable loft conversion involves extending the existing hip of your roof to create a gable end – replacing one or two of the end slopes with a vertical wall. This extends the interior loft space, allowing for a larger rear dormer area where the current space is quite small. While most dormer conversions won’t require planning permission, many hip to gable conversions will also fall under ‘permitted development’ specifications.
Ideal for: Homes where the roof slopes down all four corners to the eaves, limiting space and requiring a larger extension
Usually constructed towards to back of a property, this type of loft conversion involves a little more construction work and is often known as a ‘mansard conversion’. The aim is to build up the existing gable walls, re-designing the rear sloping side of the roof to an almost vertical one, creating a much larger pitch with plenty of headroom. While this type of conversion usually requires planning permission, the result is an area which feels more like it’s part of the property rather than an add-on.
Ideal for: Where a large loft conversion is desired
Still unsure about the right conversion for your property? Here at Tiger Building Services, we provide specialist loft conversion expertise from professional design advice to completing stunning projects at homes across Surrey, London and Sussex. So whether you’re in Epsom, Wimbledon or further afield, contact us to discuss your home improvement ideas with our friendly, knowledgeable team.