There are four basic types of loft conversions to choose from, dependent on current design, intended use, budget, and planning restrictions.
- Hip to Gable
A Velux conversion is the same as a roof light conversion. Velux are the leading manufacturer of roof windows and the name has become synonymous. This type is generally very cost effective and normally doesn’t require planning permission.
A dormer conversion is an extension of the existing room, allowing for additional floor space and headroom within the loft conversion – this is good for lofts with limited space or headroom. Dormers protrude from the roof slope, normally at the rear of the property, and can be built in a variety of styles.
A mansard conversion is changing the shape of the roof to a mansard roof, named after a 17th century French architect. This style of roof has two slopes, the first is close to vertical at 72 and the second is close to horizontal. This style of roof maximises the space within your loft.
A hip to gable conversion involves making some fairly major changes to the roof. The gable wall is built up to the ridge line and a new section of roof is built to fill in the gap. Hip roofs tend not to have enough internal volume for a conversion to be practical – this conversion changes that.