Types of loft conversions

There are many different types of loft conversions available to carry out on properties, but trying to decide which type is suitable for your property can sometimes prove difficult.  The most common type of loft conversion that we carry out are dormer loft conversions which provide good value for money and space, but there is a wide host of other options.

When you book a site survey with one of our Simply Loft surveyors, we will be able to provide you with more advice and suggestions on the options available and feasible for your property.  We will also take a measurement of the ridge height available in your loft space to see if the area is feasible for a loft conversion.    In the meantime, why not take a look through our list of the most common types of loft conversions that Simply Loft are typically building all over London or take a look through our case study section to see what other Simply Loft clients have carried out to their homes.

Dormer Loft Conversion
Dormer Loft Conversion

This is one of the most popular types of loft conversion as it provides a good amount of head height and has the ability to add up to 50 cubic metres of extra space to your property.  The dormer is usually built out of the slope of the roof, meaning that most of the work can be carried out from scaffolding outside of your home.  This type of conversion generally does not require planning permission.

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Hip to Gable Loft Conversions
Hip to Gable Loft Conversions

A hip to gable loft conversion can be carried out on properties that have a hipped roof i.e. a sloping side.  Therefore they are most popular on detached or semi-detached properties.  The hipped end of the roof is therefore extended into a gable roof i.e. a vertical wall, extending the internal loft space.

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Hip To Gable and Rear Dormer Loft Conversions
Hip To Gable and Rear Dormer Loft Conversions

As the title suggests, this is a combination of the two different types of conversions, resulting in a large and airy space.  Planning permission may be required with this type of conversion.

L-shaped Dormer Loft Conversion
L-shaped Dormer Loft Conversion

This type of loft conversion is built by connecting two dormer builds together; one on a main roof and the other on a rear roof.  The result is a much larger space, which can be used for either two bedrooms and a bathroom or one large bedroom and a bathroom, or a host of other combinations!  The choice is yours.  This type of loft conversion is particularly popular on period type properties.

Mansard Loft Conversions
Mansard Loft Conversions

A mansard loft conversion alters the structure of a sloping roof to a near straight slope at an angle of 72 degrees.  Windows are built into the roof as small dormers or even Juliette balconies are feasible.  The mansard conversion is usually erected to the rear of a property and is often considered one of the most aesthetically pleasing types of loft conversion.  Planning permission is usually required.

Skylight / Velux Loft Conversion
Skylight / Velux Loft Conversion

A skylight or Velux window loft conversion is one of the simplest and most cost effective loft conversions to build as the roof of the property is not altered in any way and only windows are added.  This generally means that planning permission is not required.  If you are looking to maximise your space, then this type of loft conversion may not be suitable for you as it is more restrictive than other types.