Which Conversion? – Dormer and Roofline

We know that the world of home improvements is a big and scary one for those not already familiar with its structural terms and legal requirements, so we thought it was about time we gave a comprehensive investigation of what types of loft conversion are available – and what the advantages of each are.

In a future blog we’ll take a look at Hip to Gable and Mansard conversions, extensions that create a lot more room but in return require a lot more work and a slightly greater financial investment – here, however, we’re focussing on the less strenuous Dormer and Roofline varieties.  Both of these are popular choices, but work differently to make the most of your available attic space.

Dormer conversions involve an actual extension of the roof, a projection that increases and extends the maximum headroom available as well as increasing the available floor space.  Windows created by Dormer conversions allow a lot of natural light to illuminate the attic space and the extension itself adds a considerable amount of space.  These conversions can enhance the exterior appearance of your building whilst maintaining its character and staying within the constraints of its style.

This type of extension would be ideal if you need to generate extra space in your loft and is often used to create additional bedrooms or bathrooms – the increased height and improved headroom provides a good space above fittings for potential bathrooms.

With a Roofline conversion, no physical alteration to the roof shape takes place – from the outside, your house will seem pretty much the same – but the internal features could be due for a drastic change.  This type of conversion would be most suited to you if you feel your loft already has adequate headroom but you want to do something more with the available space.  Not only are they the most cost-effective solution, but most Roofline conversions do not require planning permission.  If you are in an area where permission is hard to come by, or you’re keeping a close eye on budget, this may be the conversion you’re after – as long as you already have the necessary headroom.

Even the most dreary loft space can be improved with the simple addition of Velux windows in the roof – not only do they let in a great deal of light but, when open, allow your new room an impressive airflow.  Rooms created like this would be ideal for a hobby room or additional bedroom.

If you have a project in mind, or just want a professional opinion, don’t hesitate to contact us for a free quotation, whatever the size of your attic or your aspirations.  In the meantime, watch this space for the next blog, where we’ll be discussing Hip to Gable and Mansard conversions.

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