27 Mar 2024

Which type of loft conversion is right for me?

There are several different types of loft conversion. The option that’s best for you will largely depend on your property, budget, and local planning restrictions.

Rear Dormer, Hip to Gable, Velux and Mansard are the most common types of loft conversion carried out by Crown Development Services and other UK loft conversion companies. We’ll walk you through the differences between these options and give you a better idea of which one is right for you.

Velux Loft Conversion

One of the simplest and most affordable loft conversion types is a Velux or Roof Light conversion, which adds Velux windows to your roof. This is a good option for attics where there is already enough head height to create a liveable space.

With no major roof alterations required, and usually no need for planning permission, a Velux loft conversion project can be completed quite quickly. It can also be carried out on almost any type of property.

(Rear) Dormer Loft Conversion

Another popular type of loft conversion is a Dormer conversion, which projects out vertically from the sloping section of the roof and features dormer windows. These are added to the back of the roof in a Rear Dormer loft conversion, with the option to add Velux windows at the front.

A great option to create additional head and floor space in your loft, usually falling under permitted development, a Dormer loft conversion is suitable for most property types. In addition, it’s cost-effective and offers a great deal of flexibility in how you can use the space.

Hip to Gable Loft Conversion

In a Hip to Gable loft conversion, the slanted or ‘hip’ end of a roof is extended out to create a vertical wall or ‘gable’ end roof. This creates a large floor space and plenty of headroom in the attic. Planning permission is not normally required.

If you have a semi-detached house, a Hip to Gable loft conversion could be an ideal option for you. It’s also possible in bungalows and detached properties and can be combined with a Rear Dormer conversion to maximise living space.

Mansard Loft Conversion

One of the most complex types of loft conversions is a Mansard conversion, essentially adding a whole new storey to the house. It creates a flat roof and 72 degree sloping wall, adding head height and a living space that spans the entire width of the house.

A Mansard loft conversion can be a good option for a range of different properties such as terraced houses, but it does usually require planning permission and party wall agreements. Projects can also become quite expensive and time-consuming.

Ask an Expert

The best way to determine which type of loft conversion is right for you is to speak to the team at Crown and arrange a home visit. We can come to your house to consider the options available to you and discuss costs. Whether you’re interested in a Rear Dormer, Velux, or another type of loft conversion, we’ll let you know if it’s possible at your property and within your budget.

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