The four main types of loft conversion are:
- Roof Light
Considered the most economical and least disruptive option, without any changes required to the shape or pitch of the roof. The alterations usually include:
- Skylight windows
- Laying down of a proper floor
- Addition of a staircase
There must be enough roof space available without the necessity for an extension.
An extension that protrudes from the slope of the roof, which adds significant extra headroom and floor space. Flat-roof dormers, in particular, are the most popular type of conversion, suitable for most houses with a sloping roof.
An extension of the sloping ‘hip’ roof at the side of your property outwards to create a vertical ‘gable’ wall and more internal loft space. This type of conversion is only suitable for detached or semi-detached houses, as a free sloping side roof is required.
A detached house can be built upon using both sloping roofs on either side to create an even more spacious double hip-to-gable extension.
This type of extension runs along the whole length of your house roof. The angle of the roof slope is altered, making it almost vertical, resulting in a significant amount of extra space.