With a little thought it’s easy to create that something special within the dimensions of the original house layout.
A good quality loft conversion is an invaluable addition to any home. It is essential to get the basics right from the start and with good planning of the key features such as staircases and windows it can give this type of conversion that extra dimension in terms of style and design.
Every loft has its particular differences and our aim at Project4 is to use that footprint in creating a room for future generations to enjoy. The majority of lofts are convertible regardless and our full planning and building regulations package is designed to give you peace of mind.
- To convert your loft to a habitable living space, certain criteria needs to be met to achieve building regulation and planning permission.
- Planning permission and building regulations are required when alterations to the existing roof line are involved, this can mean either 'dog kennel' dormers, full dormer extension or simply a new roof to accommodate the new living space.
- Planning permission is not required for side and rear elevation dormer/ dog kennel windows
- Building Regulations are a sole requirement for a velux roof light conversion.
- Approved architect plans will be required before work can commence.
Types of dormers
Mansard dormers have a 70 degree angle to the rear elevation as opposed to a 90 degree. They vary in appearance from brick sides to lead or tile finishes these types of dormers are generally preferred by local authorities within town centres on georgian or victorian style houses. They look softer and less top heavy in appearance.
Rear dormers are more box like in appearance and therefore maximize space. They can be built of the rear wall encompassing the roof height. Using the full width can sometime make the dormer unattractive and by stepping them in from both sides you can improve the aesthetics considerably. A variety of finishes are used on the externals from hanging, lead or pre-finished render.
Shed dormers are in effect very similar to rear dormers with the exception of a sloping roof which is tiled. These types of dormers are preferable on single storey properties allowing them to blend into its surroundings.
Eye brow dormers
Eye brow dormers are very distinctive in appearance, characterized by a low upward curve and no side walls. These dormers are purpose specific but they do capture the imagination in their finish adding great styling to the roof line.
Gable and hipped dormers have sloping planes to there roof lines. These dormers are the traditional tudor style dormers which are aesthetically more pleasing to the eye and add great character to any property and look quite stunning when finished to a high standard.
These dormers are set back from the roof line and are a great choice for smaller roof lines and classical style properties. They can look elegant and distinctive and are a great addition if your looking for something extra ordinary.
Velux loft conversion
A Velux loft conversion involves installing Velux windows, or Skylights into the existing roof of your property. There are many advantages with Velux loft conversions, unlike the windows in a Dormer loft conversion or any of the other main types of loft conversions, Velux windows are fitted to the sloping angle of your roof. These Velux windows will allow a much greater amount of light into your completed loft conversion and due to their high level placement will offer the best chance of achieving fantastic views that may be limited with windows fitted in a different type of loft conversion or dormer. As with everything there are so Pros and Cons with a Velux loft conversion which relate directly to the use of Velux windows, these can be seen below:
- Velux windows allow a large quantity or light into a room making it feel spacious and airy.
- Velux windows can be fitted with a thermostat, which will automatically open / close the window when the room reaches a pre-selected temperature.
- Velux windows can be fitted with rain sensors, which will automatically close the window if rain is detected.
- Velux windows can be controlled via a remote, fantastic for high ceiling and children.
A newly finished loft conversion by Project 4 that includes bespoke fitted furniture: