What are the different types of loft conversions I can have?

If you have been wondering “What are the different types of loft conversions I can have?”, this article is for you. In this guide, we’ll introduce you to all the main kinds of loft conversion that are available to you. A loft conversion can add value to your home, create space and improve your quality of life. Read on to find out more about the main types of loft conversion that are popular amongst UK homeowners.

Is your home suitable for a loft conversion?

Before you go ahead and decide upon the kind of loft conversion you desire, you’ll need to ensure that your home is actually suitable for one. If you do have a loft space, there’s a big chance your property will have an allowance for permitted development (PD). This means you’ll be able to proceed with your plans without getting permission from your local authority. However, you may run into problems if your roof space is not tall enough, or if your home is located in a conservation area.

A surveyor, architect or builder may be able to tell you if your home is suitable for a loft conversion, but there are also some checks you can make without outside help. If homes near you already have loft conversions, there’s a good chance you may be eligible. If someone on your street lives in a similarly sized property and has had their loft conversion, this could give you a better idea of what you can do with yours.

What are the four primary types of loft conversions?

The four most popular types of loft conversion are roof light conversions, dormer conversions, mansard conversions and hip-to-gable conversions. Roof light conversions normally take around a month to complete, whilst dormer conversions can take around five weeks. Hip-to-gable conversions usually take around seven weeks, and mansard conversions around two 

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Roof light conversions

Roof light conversions are particularly popular with people who are on a tight budget, and are often found in conservation areas. However,  they are considerably smaller than mansard and dormer conversions. You won’t need to make any big changes to your roof if you opt for a roof light conversion. Skylight windows are typically added, as are new flooring and stairs.

Dormer conversions

If you have a sloping roof, a dormer conversion may be ideal for your needs. These conversions need more structural work than roof light conversions, so they do take longer. A dormer conversion will protrude from the slope of your roof. You can expect to receive a considerable amount of headroom and floor space if you opt for a dormer conversion.

Hip-to-gable conversions

Many people opt for hip-to-gable conversions as they tend to look more natural than dormer conversions. However, a hip-to-gable conversion is only likely to be right for you if you have a free sloping side roof. These extensions extend the sloping ‘hip’ roof at the side of a home outwards in order to create vertical gable walls and provide generous internal space. You will need a detached or semi-detached roof if you want to add a hip-to-gable conversion to your property. People who live in detached homes that have sloping roofs on both sides can build a double hip-to-gable extension.

Mansard conversions

These conversions give you a great deal of useable space. They are also suitable for various property types. However, they don’t tend to look incredibly natural because of the roof slope change that’s required. They can also be somewhat expensive. A mansard extension runs across the entire length of a roof, almost creating a vertical slope. This kind of conversion could be right for you if you live in a terraced, detached or semi-detached home.

What’s the best way to find a builder or architect?AKB lofts in Leeds

Chances are that many builders and architects are working in your local area. However, some are more experienced and trustworthy than others. Asking friends and family members for recommendations is always a great idea. If you have seen existing loft conversions in Leeds that you like, you may wish to consider asking the homeowner who worked on it. You should always ask for examples of previous work when speaking to a builder or architect. It may even be possible to visit a former client’s home so you can see their work up close. Most people obtain a minimum of three quotes before they decide which builder or architect to use.

Do I need to tell my insurance company about my loft conversion?

You need to tell your insurance company about anything that’s likely to affect the value of your home, including loft conversions in Leeds. If you are moving out of your home whilst your loft is being converted, you’ll need to inform your insurers. If you are making substantial changes to your property, it’s a good idea to invest in specialist renovations insurance so you’re covered if anything goes wrong. Now you know the answer to the question “What are the different types of loft conversions I can have?”, why not get in touch today to find out what we can do for you? At AKB Lofts, we have been working on for many years.

We are the team to call if you’re interested in loft conversions in Leeds and need help from a highly experienced specialist. Converting your loft can be an excellent alternative to moving house when you require more space, and you can also add thousands to the value of your home by having this work carried out.

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