What Is A Loft Conversion?

What Is A Loft Conversion

We all need that extra space in our homes, right? Either for living or storage, we can do with a little more room. But when you consider the available options of getting extra space, one of the first things that come to mind is money

How much will it cost to get a spare room?

One option is to move house, but the fees involved and the toll on the family make this unacceptable. Another option is to extend your home. This is a viable and price-saving option, but it takes a lot of planning and time but more importantly, it eats into valuable space.

The cheaper alternative is a loft conversion. The structures you need for a loft conversion is already available, and you can make use of the dead spaces you already have. So, what is a loft conversion?

The sole purpose of loft conversion is to create extra living space internally while leaving your valuable outside space untouched. A loft conversion is converting your dead space or attic you have turned into a historic site for keeping the family heirloom into a functional, extra living area. Having your loft converted gives you the best of both worlds – extra living space and valuable external space.

Commonly in the UK, there are five types of loft conversion

Mansard conversion – The most attractive way to get extra space, more natural light and increase the value of your property as the loft is built at the rear of your house with a flat roof and a back wall sloping at 72 degrees. You can even get a shower room and two bedrooms with an l-shape mansard.

Hip to gable conversion – Create a functional space that you didn’t think was possible if your property has a hip roof, and you can position the new staircase over the existing one, so it has a natural flow. The hip to gable changes your roof by extending its ridgeline and introducing a new section of roof in the gap.

Dormer conversion – With a variety of shapes available, a dormer conversion is the best use of your existing roof space for creating the functional space you desire. If you have a Victorian or Edwardian property, then an l-shaped dormer is the best way to complement the build of your property and give you bespoke functional rooms and ideas.

Gambrel conversion – A common choice for most people who want to convert their loft because it adds more aesthetics appeal, extra living space and storage solutions. Like the mansard roof, the gambrel loft conversion has roofs on both sides that are symmetrical and have slopes with gabled ends. The slopes allow rainwater to drain faster.

Velux conversion – By far the easiest, fastest, and less invasive way to convert your loft, a Velux loft conversion is very pocket-friendly because no change is made to the roof. It is an excellent choice if your attic already has enough headroom available, and the use of windows means more natural light, which saves you a lot of pounds in electricity bills.