Why have a roof loft conversion?
There are many reasons why it may be a great time for your home to get a roof loft conversion. It can bring many benefits to you, your family
and your home. Over the last few years, loft conversions have rapidly gained popularity in homes across the country. In the absence of a loft
conversion, most homes have unused space which is being put to waste.
There are many factors which you must take into consideration when deciding whether or not to have a roof loft conversion. For example, you
need to look at how much space you have, how and where windows will be fitted, what type of conversion you will have, and how you will gain
access to your new loft. Recent changes in building regulation law means that many roof loft conversions do not need planning permission.
Information on planning permission for loft conversions - click here
The most common reasons for having a roof loft conversion:
You need more space for your family - As your kids get older they tend to want a little more of their own space. A converted loft is a great way
to give them a little more privacy. Alternatively, you may have a new addition to the family, and need extra space for the other kids.
You need an office space - Your loft can be a perfect place to have an office, with ample room for a desk and everything else that you need.
You need somewhere a little quieter and more private - Many loft conversions have an added element of privacy and tranquillity, sometimes
more than other parts of the house.
You want to build a mini gym - It's hard to have a gym in a room that has another function. For most people, it would be pretty impractical to
have a gym in their dining room! A converted loft can be an excellent place to have a home gym.
You want to maximise the space in your house to maximise value
You don't have the room or money to spend on an extension. It's important to realise that loft conversions can be big jobs, but they are
usually a relatively cheaper option than getting a traditional extension on the side or back of your house. Additionally, you may not have the
room for a traditional extension.
An easier option than moving house, involving less hassle.
Types of loft conversion for your roof
There are actually several different types of loft conversion that you can have for your roof. However, there are a couple of options that are
more popular. It is important to note that recent changes to building regulation law mean that most loft conversions no longer require
Planning Permission. This is excellent news if you want to have a roof loft conversion on your home, because it will save you a great
deal of time, money, and potential hassle. In certain circumstances, you will need to get planning permission for your loft conversion.
The options you have available for your roof loft conversion will be completely dependent on your individual requirements, your budget
and the space that you have available. Most of these options will require plasterboard to be fitted, a floor to be made, electrical points to
be installed and the room to be plastered.
Velux Loft Conversion
This type of loft conversion involves a relatively small amount of construction. Holes are cut in the roof so that Velux windows can be put in.
No extra space is created, but these windows can be great for letting in light during the day.
Dormer Loft Conversion
Dormers can be put on the front, back or side of a house. An additional space is built-on to the roof to accommodate a dormer.
The largest dormer windows are usually at the back of a house. Although they involve a reasonable amount of construction, they can add a
large amount of space to some lofts.
Hip to Gable Loft Conversion
A hip roof is a roof that slants not just at the front and back, but on all sides. This makes fitting a gable much more complex, but can
create a large amount of space.
Truss Loft Conversion
A loft that is supported by a large amount of "W" shaped timber supporting it is known as a truss loft. This timber can take up most of the room
in a truss loft. The conversion involves placing steel underneath the roof to support it, so that the wooden trusses can be removed to create a
Mansard Loft Conversion
This type of loft conversion needs planning permission because the gable walls are usually raised. The existing roof is usually replaced with a
steep roof and windows, usually at the front and/or back of a property. The windows are usually known as dormer windows because of the angle
that they are fitted at. A mansard loft conversion can be an excellent way to maximise space in a loft.