Creating Space: A Simple Guide to Loft conversions

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Creating Space: A Simple Guide to Loft conversions

Are you thinking of converting your loft into an extra living space, but don’t know where to start? With so many different roof layouts and loft conversion options out there, it can be daunting and confusing when it comes to understanding what type of conversion is right for your property. Luckily, our experts here at John O’Connell are on hand to advise and have even put together a simple guide on the range of options available.

1)     Dormer

Dormer loft conversions are the most commonly fitted type of loft development because they are a simple extension to the existing roof. By extending vertically from the plane of a sloping roof, a dormer loft conversion is created. This style of conversion is a cost-effective way to create additional floor and headspace within the loft, (Velux windows are not essential on both sides of the roof, meaning you will have some vertically straight walls). Dormer extensions are versatile in that they can be built on different types of homes, including, terraced houses, semi-detached and detached.

2)     Velux

Perfect for lofts with plenty of headroom, this type of loft conversion involves installing Velux windows into the pitch of the roof. In most cases, a Velux conversion is the least time consuming and least costly option as no additional walls or ceilings need to be built. Little alteration is needed for the space in comparison to other conversions and the finished product is modern, bright and stylish, thanks to the natural light from the new windows.  

3)     Hip to Gable

This style of loft conversion is becoming increasingly popular due to the number of properties with a ‘hipped roof’ and a sloping side, making existing loft space limited. Therefore, a hip to gable extension sets out to change one of the three slants on the ‘hipped’ roof to become extended and vertical. If your property has two sloping sides you can, of course, replace them both with vertical walls to add even more space into your loft – this is then called a ‘double hip to gable’ conversion. This type of conversion will provide considerable extra space, allowing for an extra bedroom with great views of the garden.

4)     Mansard

Involving significant structural work to the property, Mansard conversions are typically carried out at the rear of the building. This style of conversion creates a flat roof along the entire plane of the property, leaving one sloping side at the front, to not take away from the aesthetics looking onto the house. Even though more construction work and budget is required, due to the number of straight walls and vast space added to the property, the layout is far easier to furnish and decorate than other types of loft conversions, creating the ideal canvas for a home office, bedroom and en-suite or playroom.

‘’For most cases you don’t need planning permission to have a loft conversion, however if your existing roof structure is complex your house may not be eligible for a loft conversion and you will need to find a new way to add extra space to your home – perhaps a kitchen extension or garden annexe if you are in need of an extra bedroom.’’ – Sian, Project Coordinator at John O’ Connell

For a full review of your roof and to be presented with the best loft conversion option for your house layout and budget contact our team at John O’Connell for a FREE, no-obligation discussion on  01206 396667, or email 


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