Types of Loft & Loft Conversion
Hip To Gable Loft
A hip to gable conversion is only suitable if the property has a hip end roof i.e. : not mid terrace. With this conversion there is the option of including either a dormer, mansard or velux dependant on your design requirement.
Dormers are popular due to the fact that they create a large floor area and good natural light. They are constructed mainly from the exterior minimizing disruption during the project. They are generally less expensive, quicker to build and depending on circumstance, planning permission is not required.
Mansards are in most cases more aesthetically pleasing. They require increasing the height of the partwall at the roof line and planning consent. The internal ceiling height on mansards is slightly less than dormers, this is due to the slope of the mansard.
Velux Loft Conversion
Velux conversions do not alter the roof shape, instead a velux window is cut into the existing roof, the internal space is then converted to create a new living space. Reasonable head height is required with a velux conversion.