Loft Conversions

A loft conversion is a fantastic way to expand your home using unused loft or attic space and many homes with a loft space can be converted into a livable area. In order to be considered an acceptable room the main criteria is that the completed space will have a head height of 2.1m and suitable access.

A loft conversion has almost as many options as any new build, many people convert for an additional bedroom, sometimes with private bathroom, others as an office space and even a gym. There are numerous options for flooring and as many homes have old fashioned wooden beams in place, these can be restored and treated to add to the look. The natural light can be provided a number of ways, through velux windows, dormer construction and even balconies to ensure the ultimate living space. With the use of low level stud partitions, most loft spaces can still maintain ample loft storage for all those christmas decorations, luggage and family photos!

For attics with existing access the options are relatively straightforward, for loft spaces that are currently inaccessible or accessed by a loft hatch we will look at the best possible solution for building the access point. This sometimes involves taking some small space from existing bedrooms or bathrooms in order to build a staircase for your new loft.

Dormer windows

In addition to converting your loft space, you can also enhance your existing loft by adding a dormer window, these are structural windows that protrude from the natural slope of the roof providing additional light and substantial room. Dormer windows come in many shapes, sizes and styles.

Gable fronted dormer: Also called simply a gable dormer, the front of this dormer rises along a flat plane to a point at the ridge of the dormer roof. It is also known as a dog-house dormer (due to its visual similarity to same).
Hip roof dormer: This style of dormer is an analogue to the hip roof— its roof is composed of three sloping planes which come together at the ridge of the dormer.
Flat roof dormer: The roof of this dormer is flat and parallel to the ground with a frontal eave that parallels the main roof eave.
Shed dormer: This dormer also has a flat roof but the roof slopes downward at an angle somewhat less than that of the surrounding roof. Its front eave line is, again, parallel to the main roof eave line. Shed dormers can provide more attic space and head room than gable dormers, but cannot be the same pitch as the main roof and may therefore require different roof sheeting. Often used in gable-roofed homes, a shed dormer has a single-planed roof, pitched at a shallower angle than the main roof.
Wall dormer: This is a dormer whose face is coplanar with the face of the wall below, breaking the line at the cornice of the building.
Eyebrow or eyelid dormer: “A low dormer on the slope of a roof. It has no sides, the roofing being carried over it in a wavy line.” The bottom of an eyebrow dormer is flat and the top is curved.
Link Dormer: This is a large dormer that houses a chimney or joins one part of a roof to another.
Nantucket dormer: This is a complicated dormer structure composed of two gable dormers connected by a shed dormer

Note: Dormers to the rear of a property don’t normally require planning permission as they usually fall under permitted development rights unless there are unique circumstances such as listed buildings. Front facing dormers normally require planning permission.