Loft conversions at the moment (especially in the UK) are experiencing an increase in demand, with reports indicating London experiencing a 183% increase in the demand for building services for attic conversion.
There are 4 main types of loft conversion: Mansard, Dormer, Hip to gable, Velux
More on each type of loft conversion:
1) Mansard – A mansard conversion is most commonly seen on terraced houses, this is where the roof is built with windows embedded in the roof, this does a lot to maximise the space in the loft of the terraced house, these types of loft are becoming popular alongside the other three types of conversion.
2) Dormer, A dormer loft is a loft conversion that has an external structure added onto the roof with a window installed that opens out. These are one of the most common types of loft conversion and are highly popular (and growing in popularity).
3) Hip to Gable loft conversion – Hip to gable lofts are lofts which generally have a gable end which is where the two roof rectangles intersect to form a triangular area in the roof, hip to gable loft conversions are an excellent addition to extend a detached home.
4) Velux – A velux loft conversion is a more straightforward loft conversion, this is where the attic is converted into a usable space, and velux windows are added to the ceiling/roof that open out wide to allow fresh air and natural light.
A loft conversion gives multiple advantages but different types have different advantages of their own.
Mansard conversions are advantageous because they are versatile enough to be used on terraced houses and are suitable for them where other types of attic conversion are not.
Dormer conversions are good for mostly any kind of house but are probably best on semi detached properties.
Hip to gable loft conversions are better suited to detached homes, they wouldn’t fit on a terraced house and they would look strange on a semi detached property.
Velux conversions can be carried out on practically any type of property due to the fact that the external roof is not extended, so they are perhaps the most versatile of all the loft types.
Benefits Of Attic Conversions:
1) Increased value added to a property (often in excess of 20%), handy when it comes time to sell the home!
2) Increased space in the home, you can add in extra rooms and the larger the loft the more space for rooms (a bedroom with en suite is a very popular choice).
3) Increased natural light
4) Look spectacular once finished – inside and outside.
5) Take a matter of weeks to complete.
The only real disadvantage is that they are not cheap to have built, the average loft conversion will cost somewhere in the £10s of £1,000s.
Most building companies’ will provide you with a no obligation quote so be sure to take advantage of that before making your decision on how to proceed.