Loft conversions are an ideal way to increase the living area of your house, without eating into your valuable garden space. They are a guaranteed way of increasing the value of your house by turning your unused attic space into a stylish new living area.
There are 3 main types of Loft Conversion, Dormer, Hip To Gable and Mansard.
The most commonly fitted loft conversion is in the style of a dormer loft conversion. These are the most popular for several reasons, one being that the conversion is simply an extension to the existing roof. They also create much more additional floor and head space within the newly converted room, generally becoming the largest room within your home. Another factor a dormer provides is that internally the room will have vertically straight walls accompanied with a horizontal ceiling, going against the slanted walls more normally associated with loft conversions. Dormer loft conversions are versatile in that they can be built on variously different styles of homes, such as on terraced houses, end of terrace, semi detached and detached houses. Additionally, dormer loft conversions allow for a much more seamless staircase fitting, allowing the new stairwell to be fitted directly above the already existing one. Most dormer loft conversions also do not require planning permission which is another great factor of this design.
A Hip to Gable loft conversion usually occurs with semi detached, detached or end of terraced housing, additionally this style loft conversion is usually built when a house has 3 separate slanting sides of its roof. The side of roof is then extended out and made vertical. This can also be beneficial when a house lacks the required space within the loft to build any other style loft conversion. A hip to gable conversion will also allow for a more seamless staircase fitting within your home due to the newly created space within your home. All changes made to the property externally will be fitted and matched with all pre-existing aspects of the house, allowing for an overall aesthetically pleasing look inside and out. However, if your property should require planning permission, there are other alternatives you can consider such as here.
A mansard loft conversion requires the most work to the property due to the large scale of worked needed. This type of loft conversion generally occurs through the requirement of planning permission, due to the nature of changing the roof structure so much. When a property is converted with a mansard style conversion the additional space created is tenfold, to that of a dormer loft conversion for example. The mansard has a flat roof with the back sloping inwards at 72 degrees. The reason for this is due to planning criteria as the councils view 72 degrees as a roof, rather than a wall, allowing for the build to incorporate as much space across the conversion as possible. The windows built into the loft conversion are constructed as small dormers, and are by far the most aesthetically pleasing aspect of the loft conversion. The parapet walls on either side of the conversion are also raised in brick work to match all existing aspects of the property.
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