Types of Loft Conversions
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A dormer loft conversion is a structural extension which projects vertically from the plane of a sloping roof.
By building a dormer onto an existing roof, a cramped attic can be transformed into usable space thanks to the creation of additional headroom and floor space – all bathed in natural light provided by dormer windows.
An L-shaped loft conversion is a design which can create the largest amount of space, particularly when additional headroom is required.
The conversion involves an L-shaped dormer window (dormers are the roof windows which extend vertically from the slope of a roof). With L-shaped loft conversions, two dormers connect into a corner. One end of the dormer, usually the larger end, is built into the main roof. The other end of the dormer is built into the roof of an existing rear extension.
It’s possible to create a roof space which closely replicates the space and design of the first floor.
Most properties have a regular, ‘hipped’ roof with a sloping side. This means existing loft space is often limited, making it difficult to create a loft conversion without extending your property. This is where hip-to-gable loft extensions come in.
This type of loft conversion extends your property on the sloping side, effectively replacing the sloping roof with a vertical wall (the gable) at the end to the same height as the ridge, and filling in the space in between. The added space can then be used for whatever purpose you see fit, although typically it’s big enough for an office, play area or an additional lounge space.
If your property has two sloping sides and you replace them both with vertical walls. This will encompass a double hip-to-gable loft conversion and will obviously provide you with even more additional space.
Mansard loft conversions often require more construction work than other types of loft conversions, but can result in creating a great deal of extra living space in your home, whatever type of property you own.
This type of conversion can be thought of as an extension across the entire plane of your property’s roof. Often found at the rear of properties, the extension changes the sloping side of your roof to an almost vertical side – one of at least 72 degrees. The roof is flat and windows are typically housed within small dormers.