Besides maximising your living space and making it more comfortable, a loft conversion will have an ideal impact on your property’s value. In fact, a loft extension or conversion is becoming popular nowadays, with more and more homeowners considering it as a cost-effective yet hassle-free alternative over purchasing a bigger house. While transforming an attic is undoubtedly worthwhile pocket-wise, it is equally a stressful procedure to pick a loft conversion idea that goes with the existing design of your home. So read on to learn about the different types of loft extensions or conversions, which mainly include Hip to Gable, Dormer and Mansard conversions.
Ideal for detached and semi-detached houses with hipped roofs, the hip to gable is mainly performed on roofs consisting of more than two slopes. In other words, it is regarded as a smart solution for lofts with space constraint. This conversion type will extend the hipped roof’s ridge line thus efficiently swapping the slopping roof with a flat gable wall that is perpendicular to your property’s overall height. The outcome is increased space, which even enables you to add a staircase, besides lavishly providing for whatever you intend with this conversion, be it a new bedroom, a study room, a kids’ play area, a lounge space or an entertainment zone. Perhaps the best thing about a neatly undertaken hip to gable conversion is that it will seamlessly blend with the existing aspects of your property.
Since it can be easily carried out on different property styles, from detached and semi-detached to end of terrace and terraced houses, Dormer conversion is considered the most versatile of all types of conversions. It is considered most suitable for smaller as well as lower loft. In a Dormer loft conversion, the existing roof of your house will be extended, with interiors comprising horizontal ceiling and vertical walls. The add-on is a larger area with increased light and head-height. A unique characteristic of a loft converted to dormer is that it will quite often project out from the property’s roofline. Dormer conversions are further categorised into flat roof dormer, gable fronted dormer and hipped roof dormer.
When it comes to Mansard, it is regarded as the most complex and expensive of all attic conversion options available, as it mostly involves extensive renovation of your property’s existing roof. Nevertheless, if undertaken effectively, it guarantees to maximise the value and space of your loft, regardless of the existing design and style of your property. Apart from these, there is also VELUX conversion, otherwise known as Rooflight loft conversion. Unlike other types, it does not include any roof extension or attachment to the existing property.