Short on space and looking to extend upwards in style? Loft extensions are a fantastic way to open up unused space and add value to your home. However, knowing which of the different loft conversions is suitable for your home will likely be determined by your roofline, property style and budget. So to help you make an informed decision, we’ve put together a guide to the different types of loft extension, from a simple roof light to a dormer loft conversion.
Why choose a loft conversion?
Loft conversions are a fantastic way to create additional space without the upheaval of a basement conversion or losing any valuable outdoor space.
Moving home can mean significant expense and upheaval, uprooting from friends, family, schools and work. However, a loft extension creates additional rooms for a growing family or a desirable home office or studio, with space right where you need it. And the added value to your property is a bonus when the time comes to relocate.
In addition, most loft extensions fall under Permitted Development Rights, so you won’t need planning permission. However, you should always consult the professionals before starting your loft conversion.
Best for your budget: roof light loft conversion
If your loft has sufficient space and head height, a roof light conversion is the cheapest way to add an extra room. In addition, most roof light conversions fall under permitted development rights, so you won’t need planning permission. And because you’re not altering the roofline, there’s minimal disruption while the work is carried out.
With additional costs kept to a minimum, you’ll create extra space at a fraction of the cost of moving. And depending on the size of your loft, you can even add value-boosting features like an en-suite bathroom or home office.
Best for space: dormer loft conversion
There are good reasons why dormer loft extensions have become a hugely popular way to add space and value to your home. A dormer loft conversion is slightly more expensive than a roof light extension. Yet the additional floor space and head height you gain is well worth it. In addition, adding a dormer maximises headroom to create a truly versatile space. While most dormer loft conversions are flat-roofed, you can specify a gable roof for a more aesthetically pleasing finish.
Instead of roof lights sitting flush to the roof’s slope, a dormer conversion projects out vertically from the roofline. Adding French windows or bi-folds and a balcony allows natural light to flood your new room. Additionally, your dormer loft conversion can be designed to suit the style of your property, from Victorian terrace to new build. And in most cases, you won’t need to apply for planning permission to create a beautiful and versatile loft extension.
Best for hipped roofs: hip-to-gable loft conversion
If your home has a hipped roof, a hip-to-gable conversion can give you the additional space you crave. Converting the slanted hip of the roof into a standard vertical gable end gives you full headroom with standard-size window openings. Hip-to-gable extensions are often combined with a dormer conversion to maximise the space.
A hip-to-gable loft conversion is a fantastic way to add versatile and usable space. It’s more affordable than moving house or adding an extension and is a stunning addition to a semi-detached home or bungalow. If you’ve dreamed of a home office or gym, a hip-to-gable extension could be the solution.
Best for a ground floor extension: L-shaped loft conversion
If your home has been extended at the rear of the property, an L-shaped loft conversion is an ideal way to make the most of the additional space on offer. We’ll create two dormer extensions that meet at the corner, creating a substantial L-shaped room or rooms – perfect for use as a master suite with dressing and en-suite bathroom.
Best for big budgets: mansard loft conversion
A mansard loft conversion is a great choice when money is no object. However, by pushing your budget, you gain a fantastic amount of usable space flooded with natural light.
Mansard loft extensions are suitable for all properties and are often seen on terraced homes in London. The entire roof is altered to replace an existing slope with an almost vertical wall, then finished with materials that blend with the original roof and facade. Mansard loft conversions usually run between the two gable ends, adding significant space and value to your property.
This type of loft extension is structurally complex and may require a structural engineer. Plus, in most cases, a mansard loft conversion requires planning permission.
Loft conversions with B&G Lofts
Getting started on your loft conversion couldn’t be easier. At B&G Lofts, we can help you extend into your roof space to create additional rooms that add value and improve your quality of life. To start planning your loft extension, contact the B&G Lofts team today.