Have you ever considered converting your loft into bedrooms?
You may be surprised how much usable space can be gained by converting your loft, and the value such a renovation can add to your property. In general, there are four types of loft conversions to choose from. Each differs in building cost, space gained and aesthetics:
Velux Loft Conversion
This is the most basic type of loft conversion. It is called a Velux loft conversion because it refers to the commonly used roof window, made by the company Velux. These types of conversions do not change the structure of your roof but involve the installation of Velux windows into the roof pitch.
Velux loft conversions are usually carried out when there is no option to modify the roof structure. Usually, this results in a small amount of space gained. This is why Velux loft conversions are common for converting a loft into bedrooms only. Sometimes it is possible to squeeze in a bedroom and ensuite.
Dormer Loft Conversion
These are the most common types of loft conversion, as they provide homeowners with the maximum amount of conversion space for a reasonable price. They typically look like a box protruding out of an existing pitched roof. The dormer itself can have a flat or pitched roof to match the property. A homeowner can potentially almost double their living space with such a conversion.
Hip to Gable Loft Conversion
When looking at hip to gable loft conversion from the outside, you could be fooled into thinking there is an extra storey when viewed from certain angles. This is because it will have gable ends built up, making it look like an additional floor level. Parts of the old roof are then modified and raised to slope down onto or from the gable ends. These types of loft conversion are more expensive than dormers. They also do not offer as much space but look more attractive and natural from the outside. View an example of a Hip to Gable Loft Conversion project, from start to finish.
Mansard Loft Conversion
Mansard loft conversion has the appearance of an extra storey. This is because the roof is modified so that the sloping part of the roof is almost flat (between 72 – 90 degrees). Also, the sloping front wall is almost vertical. Typically windows are built in the new roof as small dormers due to the steep gradient. This type of conversion is one of the most expensive due to the extensive modification to the existing roof needed.
Things to Consider
- There are rules and regulations when converting your loft, whatever method you choose. For example, new loft conversions must meet specific insulation and electrical requirements as part of building regulations.
- A loft can only be converted if it will create enough functional space. Knowing how much useable space your loft will provide will give you a good idea if the investment is worth it. If not, then moving to a larger home may be the better option.
- Always hire professionals to design and build your home. Converting a loft requires expertise, experience and skills from a variety of people.
Ideas for Loft Converted Rooms
Depending on the size of your loft conversion, you could use it for the following, or a combination of the following:
- One or more bedroom
- En-suite Bathroom
- Main bathroom
- Play room
- Games room
Once you’ve converted your loft into a bedroom it is time to start thinking about decorating. Our fitted bedrooms and bedroom units are essential when installing a new bedroom. For more advice about bedrooms and kitchens get in touch to speak to one of our team.