Loft conversions are an excellent way to create more living space in a property. A loft conversion may provide extra bedrooms, bathrooms or even a home office. Whatever reason you may decide to make better use of your loft space, it is important to understand that there are several types of loft conversions.
One type is the rear dormer which allows the creation of extra space at the back of the loft area. Rear dormers have a flat roof and do not look very
attractive. But as they built at the back of the house appearances are not usually so important. What is important is that they are an effective way of
creating extra space in your loft area.
Some properties are situated in locations where planning permission is required before starting a loft conversion. In such areas a Mansard loft conversion may be the answer. Like the rear dormer, the Mansard is situated at the rear of the property and has a flat roof. The windows in a Mansard loft conversion sit in small dormers and the rear wall slopes inwards.
A front dormer, as the name suggests, is built at the front of the property. Like the rear dormer it helps create extra space in the loft area. A front
dormer is usually smaller than the rear variety and must fit in with the appearance of the property. Planning permission may be required before building a front dormer.
Another way to create extra space in your loft area is with a hip to gable loft conversion. Basically this kind of loft conversion involves changing the
roof hip to a gable end. Hip to gable loft conversions will involve applying for planning permission. An alternative, which should not require planning
permission is a side dormer whose appearance should be in keeping with the rest of the property.
There are plenty of options when converting the loft all depending on your taste, budget and building regulation requirements.