Loft Types

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A loft conversion is a much more cost-effective option than moving home, particularly in the current property climate and an extra bedroom and ensuite remain the most popular loft conversion especially in areas of the country where prices are at a premium. What’s more, making your three bedroom home a four bedroom home, can add anything up to 15 or 20 percent to its value depending on where you live.

You should find answers to most of your questions in our FAQ’s section, or if you prefer, call our freephone number 0800 269765 and arrange a free, no obligation home visit and see how you can improve your property with a bespoke loft conversion from Econoloft.

Dormer Loft Conversion

A very common type of loft conversion, the dormer loft essentially involves an extension from the existing roof. Typically, the structure is changed to add a large flat roof extending out from the plane of the sloping roof. There are two key reasons why dormer loft conversions are so popular – firstly, because they’re relatively inexpensive, and secondly, because they provide generous amounts of space by creating additional headroom.

Flat-roofed dormers in particular can help to add a great deal of floor space to your converted loft space. The other main benefits of dormer loft conversions include additional headroom, flat ceilings and straight walls. Although most dormer conversions have straight, flat roofs, it is possible to have a gable-fronted or hipped-roof dormer loft. However, these may not provide as much interior space.

What’s more, dormer lofts can be put to a range of different uses – whether as a playroom for the kids, a study or office space, an additional bedroom or a dedicated home entertainment room. At Econoloft, we’ll discuss your plans for your loft conversion and help turn them into reality.

Dormer loft conversions are a feasible option for a wide variety of different types of domestic property – including semi-detached houses and detached houses alike. In most cases, dormer lofts do not require planning permission as they fall under permitted development status. There are, however, certain circumstances under which planning permission may be required for a dormer conversion. The Econoloft team is on hand to help guide you through the planning and regulatory process.

There are, of course, different types of dormer for different types of property – at Econoloft, we’re well aware that there is no one-size-fits-all solution for loft conversions. Our experts will discuss your needs with you in depth, helping you to devise a plan which works best for you.

Find out more about dormer loft conversions today – get in touch with the friendly, helpful and knowledgeable Econoloft team.

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Mansard Loft Conversion

If you’re looking for a loft conversion that will add generous amounts of extra space to your home, a mansard loft conversion could well be the answer. These loft conversions extend the slope of a roof near vertically – typically in the range of between 72 and 90 degrees – and are usually built at the rear of a property. They tend to require more work than most loft conversions, but the potential rewards are impressive.

Mansard loft conversions take their name from the 17th-century French architect Francois Mansart, who first developed the forerunner of today’s mansard roof – a four-sided, double-sloped gambrel roof featuring gable windows on the steeper lower slope. They are an architectural staple across much of Europe and are popular among those looking to emulate that continental style here in Britain.

While mansard loft conversions generally require planning permission due to the amount of external work that goes with them, our experts here at Econoloft can help guide you through this process. They’ll provide you with the specialist advice you need to navigate the necessary regulatory hurdles, so that you can get on with the important business of making the loft conversion you’ve always dreamed of a reality.

Mansard lofts are suitable for many types of property, and can be customised in a number of different ways in order to blend in with the architectural style of the property. Your finished mansard loft conversion could be used for a huge range of potential purposes – whether as a study or office space, a playroom for the kids, or a games room. It could also accommodate an additional bathroom if necessary.

Contact Econoloft today to find out more about mansard loft conversions. We’ll be more than happy to address any queries you have.

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Roof Light / Velux LoftTM Conversion

Velux or roof light loft conversions are among the simplest and least expensive loft conversion options. Millions of homes across the UK have already had roof light loft conversions carried out, and it’s not hard to see why they’re so popular – the work involves relatively little disruption and doesn’t require any changes to the existing shape of the roof.

If your loft already offers generous amounts of headroom, then a roof light loft conversion could be the perfect option for you. Planning permission is not generally required for this work as it falls under the category of permitted development. This is because a roof light loft conversion does not require the loft to be extended beyond the line of the original roof.

In addition, roof lights can be fitted quickly and easily. The structure of the roof itself isn’t changed, and Velux windows are installed along the existing angle of the roof. This helps to ensure that they let in a generous amount of natural light, so that your converted loft space is airy and bright.

Roof light loft conversions are also a good option where there are tight restrictions on planning – such as homes located in conservation areas, for example. Our experts here at Econoloft will guide you through every step of the planning and regulatory process, so that everything is boxed off where it needs to be. We have many years of experience in making roof light loft conversions a reality.

If you’re looking to turn your loft space into a study or an additional bedroom, for example, a roof light loft conversion could be the perfect choice for you.

Get in touch with the Econoloft team today to find out more. We know everything there is to know about loft conversions, and we’re always happy to answer your questions.

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Gable Up Loft Conversion

If you want to convert your loft space even though it doesn’t currently offer you enough room, a gable up (or hip-to-gable) loft conversion could be the perfect solution.

Many homes have ‘hipped’ roofs with a sloping side. What a hip-to-gable loft conversion does is replace that sloping roof with a vertical wall at the end (otherwise known as the ‘gable’). This vertical wall stands at the same height as the ridge along the roof, providing valuable additional space. If your property has two sloping sides to its roof, then a double hip-to-gable loft conversion is another possibility.

Then, it’s up to you what you decide to do with the space. There are many different choices – you could use it as a games room, a home entertainment room, an additional bedroom, a kids’ playroom or a study/office space. It’s entirely up to you. A hip-to-gable loft conversion ensures that you have plenty of room to use the converted loft space as you see fit.

You don’t generally need planning permission for gable up loft conversions as they usually fall under the permitted development category. However, there are some exceptions – homes in designated conservation areas, for example, are likely to need planning permission. Also, all loft conversion work has to be compliant with building regulations. At Econoloft, we know exactly how to navigate the planning and regulatory system, and we’ll take care of that on your behalf – saving you much time and hassle.

Our team of experts has many years of experience in creating hip-to-gable loft conversions, so you can rely on us to help bring your dream loft conversion to life.

Find out more about gable up loft conversions by contacting Econoloft today. Our helpful and friendly experts are happy to answer your questions.

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