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How do I choose a loft conversion?

How do I choose a loft conversion?

There are various factors to consider when trying to determine the kind of loft conversion you need. Some of the factors to consider are what you intend to use the loft for, your roof type, and, of course, your budget. There are 3 major loft conversions to ponder. These include dormer loft conversions, internal loft conversions, and the conversions that require roof removal and restructure.

The most budget-friendly of loft conversions are internal loft conversions as they require minimal expertise. Dormer loft conversions are generally preferred as they provide additional space and are easy to build. Loft conversions that require roof removal and restructure, while being the most expensive and labor intensive, can cater to your needs.

Regardless of what type of loft conversion you choose, it can be a great investment to raise your property’s value.

Internal Loft Conversions

As stated earlier, internal loft conversions are the cheapest to do as they simply convert any existing space in the loft. With this type of conversion, you are not required to make too many changes to the existing roof space. 

Aside from adding overhead windows, other major changes will include adding a staircase, strengthening the floor, as well as internally insulating the loft. Since every one of these alterations are done inside the loft, you may not be required to get planning permission.

Dormer Loft Conversions

These forms of loft conversions require you to add dormer windows in your loft to increase the amount of space in the roof, so much so that an adult can stand comfortably. Generally, dormer loft conversions are done at the back of the house, but they can be done at the sides or front of the house. You will be required to get a planning permit, so speak with your home repair contractor in Charlotte, NC.

Once your dormer loft conversion is done, you can use the additional space created as a study room, home office, or bedroom as it is large enough. Should you choose this type of loft conversion, you should note that there are 5 types of loft conversion to select from. They are:

Hip to Gable Dormers

Creating this form of loft conversion has to do with replacing hips with a gable wall. When this is done, the roof is extended over the gables thereby creating additional space, which can be large enough to accommodate a full grown adult standing.

L-shaped Dormers

An L shaped dormer is a type of conversion that is used on specific older houses that have rear extensions.

Side Dormers

Side dormers are generally used in increasing the overall head height of a property by using hipped roofs.

Full Width Dormer

This form of conversion is one that provides additional space as well as a bespoke loft space.

Single Dormer

A single dormer loft conversion is generally chosen by those who live in areas with stringent conservation rules. Thankfully, two single dormer lofts can be created to create symmetry that aligns with any porch renovations.

Loft conversions that require roof removal and restructuring

There are two types of loft conversion that require roof removal and restructuring. They are:

Mansard conversions

These forms of loft conversions are generally done on either one of the roof slopes, so that the slopes are substituted with new steep slope structures, so that they are almost upright. This form of loft conversion is best suited for homes with roofs that come with little spaces. Your home remodeling company will explain that this conversion requires planning permission.

Prefabricated loft

Prefabricated loft conversions typically work well with limited vertical roof space. The procedure consists of the fabricated loft conversion replacing the current roof structure.

How do I know if my loft is suitable for conversion?

With so much information on the types of loft conversions, it can be difficult to ascertain which is best suited to your home. When it comes to figuring out what loft conversion is best for you, have a word with your home repair expert about:

  • The potential site for the staircase going into the loft. This is important as you do not want the staircase area to take up an inordinate amount of loft space.
  • The amount of available head room that can be converted. This includes considering the underside of the ceiling joists and the ridge.

Conclusion

As you can see there are various types of loft conversions. The one you select depends on a host of factors such as your budget, if you want to go through the process of getting a building permit, and what your home maintenance goals are

These are factors you should speak about with Bergen’s Contracting and Repairs. Contact us today for more information on loft conversions.

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