Loft Conversions - Styles Available
This article is to summarise the styles of loft conversion typically available in the UK. It will help householders to understand some of the terminology that is used by contractors if they do decide to have their loft converted
†On the outside on a roof light only conversion you will probably just see Velux windows, for this reason alone (except in some designated areas, which you would have to check with your local authority), roof light conversions donít require planning as they do not change the roof line.† The success of such a conversion depends on having enough head height and width in the current loft space to make it useable.† Also if you are building to building regulations you will need a fixed stair case so it also depends on the layout on the floor below as the stairs need to finish at a point with a minimum amount of head clearance
†These can be flat roofed or pitched, if possible we would usually recommend pitched, because it retains the character of the property better, however sometimes this is just not practical.† They open out the space better than just a roof light conversion as well.† However you will need planning permission for them if they are at the front of the house.† At the side itís different, you donít need permission for the structure but if the window is overlooking a neighbour you will need permission for anything but obscure glazing.
†This involves raising the ďhippedĒ end of the roof and would be used if there wasnít enough useable space in the loft.† Again no permission is required providing it doesnít add more than 40m≥ to a terraced or 50m≥ to a detached or semi detached property, however you will need to check if you are in a designated area.
†This is a very popular option for many semi detached homes as it totally opens up the loft space.† It consists of a gable extension, combined with a large flat roof dormer.† Again providing you stay within the permitted development allowances and donít live in a designated area, you will not need planning.† However as the trend is often to put a window in the gable end, if youíre overlooking a neighbour, you will need obscure glazing
These are more common in conservation areas and London and are not something you would see regularly in West Yorkshire.† They are built with a flat roof and a slightly sloping wall which incorporates small dormers.† More commonly seen in conservation areas or when planning is required.
†This is a popular style which allows you to open up the space much better than a traditional dormer.† This is because purlinís are removed, the area often strengthened then with steel , and the dormer can be extended right out to the roofline.† They would also generally be flat roofed.† Again no permission required providing you stick within permitted development limits
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
My name is James Mulkeen and I run a loft conversion business in West Yorkshire. †For further information about loft conversions or our company please see www.moveuplofts.co.uk