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Loft conversions everything you need to know

Loft conversions and everything there is to know about loft conversions.

Loft conversions are the most popular type of lofts and you will probably have noticed them in every neighborhood. This is mainly because they are versatile and can be installed on most types of properties from detached houses to top floor maisonettes (subject to planning approval). In terms of the process a loft conversion is when a rectangular box shaped structure is built up in place of the pitched roof.

What is a dormer loft conversion? Loft conversion has a new structure on your roof, flat roof and walls are added at a 90 degree angle to the floor. This gives much more usable space in the loft and a comfortable ceiling height. Typically dormers are located at the rear of the property. Generally the new structure must fit in line with the current height of the ridge although permission can be sought from the local planning department where the ridge is too low to achieve adequate head height.

What are the different types of dormer loft conversions? As there is quiet few loft conversions here are the most popular ones, this is also dependent on type of house you have: ​

  • Flat roof - these type of loft conversions would be built at the rear of your terraced house, meaning the gable wall or boundary walls are already built originally, these type of dormers do increase your loft space rapidly and are very popular option.

  • Side - the side of the sloped roof the dormer box is built

  • Front pitched - also known as gable dormer is a small dormer topped with small mini gable roof.

  • L shaped - one of the bigger options typically built on properties that have outriggers, these dormers have two parts that form L shape and add huge amount of space.

Will i need planning permission for my loft conversion?

One of the great advantages of dormer loft conversions is that they are included in the homeowners permitted development rights. These rights allow homeowners to add liveable space and extend their homes without needing to go through the full planning application process as long as specific criteria are met and guidelines are followed, some examples include:

Your current home:

  • Is not a building containing one or more flats.