One of the most common London loft conversions that our expert team at Simply Loft carry out, is on Victorian and Edwardian houses of which there is an abundance of in London – and it’s not hard to see why. Not only can a loft conversion help to add value to your property, but with the help of our team, a two-bedroom Victorian or Edwardian terrace can be transformed into a three or a four-bedroom family home.
In the majority of cases, domestic loft conversions on Victorian or Edwardian properties will not usually require planning permission, unless you live in a Grade 1 or 2 listed area or a conservation area, provided that certain strict conditions on the size are met and building regulations have been approved.
That said, Victorian or Edwardian loft conversions work best when the design remains faithful to the original character of the building, not only because of building regulations set by the local council, but to keep the historic aesthetic and enhance the resale value.
When it comes to planning your London loft conversion, there are a number of options you can choose from:
Standard Dormer Loft Conversions
A standard dormer conversion is the most common type of loft conversion to London’s Victorian and Edwardian homes and is usually built out of the existing slope of the roof, providing a cost-effective way to add more space (and value) to your property. Velux or skylight windows are added to the slope at the font of the house to let further light in.
L Shaped Dormer Loft Conversions
L-shaped dormer loft conversions – which are essentially two standard dormer conversions connected together – are another popular choice for period properties, as they create a large space that offers a choice of configurations and multiple rooms if needed, by using the extra space above the first floor l-section to house another bedroom.
Because of their shape, L-shaped dormers are usually only suitable for Victorian and Edwardian properties where there is a back addition at the rear, to house the kitchen and bathroom.
Mansard Loft Conversions
Mansard loft conversions are also popular in many London terraces as they can often give the biggest results in terms of additional living space. However, they do generally involve the most construction work as they alter the structure of your sloped roof so that it has an almost straight gradient. Mansard loft conversions are suitable for most types of properties – including mid-terraces and can be finished in a variety of ways to match your property. They are often considered the most aesthetically pleasing loft conversion choice.
At Simply Loft, our team of experts are well versed in Victorian and Edwardian properties and can provide a free site visit, where one of our experienced surveyors will assess your property and your ideas, as well as measure the space available in order to give you an accurate quote and advice on creating your dream living space.
Call us today on 0800 917 7571 to arrange a visit.