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Architectural Miracle: How a Loft Conversion will Transform Your Home


For so long we have limited our lofts to storage or as an excuse to hoard junk. Now, more and more people are revamping their lofts into more useful and trendy spaces.

Loft conversions come in different types and shapes according to the infrastructure in your home. In this article, I will give various design inspirations for different types of loft conversion applications. I will also talk about basics of loft conversion and what to expect.                    

Here are some of the designs that you could use in transforming your loft:

  1. Dormer Conversions

This is the most popular style of conversion simply because it suits a variety of loft types. Typically, a vertical wall is constructed from the sloping roof of a building to give maximum headroom to a loft. You can have a flat roof dormer conversion that offers maximum space or a shed dormer that will be sloped at an angle.

Since these conversions create more internal space, bigger rooms such as a bedroom or a comfy resting room will be more suitable.

  1. L-shaped dormer conversions

An L-shaped dormer is only carried out on certain properties such as the Victorian style where the kitchen and bathroom are additions to the properties’ rear. The loft conversion will hence fall right over this addition creating extra space for a nursery, extra bathroom or even a study.

  1. Hip to gable conversions

Here, a vertical wall replaces the sloping roof on the side of your property increasing the size of the loft. This type of conversion works best with the detached or semi-detached house since it requires a free sloping side. The hip to gable-converted space will accommodate spaces enough for master en-suite bedrooms, gym space or even a second living room. To access the loft, a full stairway is recommended.

  1. Mansard conversions

This conversion involves transforming the entire expanse of a sloping roof into a nearly vertical side to create space. Here, a substantial amount of work is involved in the conversion and may require planning permission.

This conversion creates massive space, in fact, it often amounts to a full new story.  With no space limitation, you can have an entire living area with lounge, living room and bathroom. Feel free to go crazy on designing.

  1. Double mansard conversion

A double mansard conversion is a combination of two mansard conversions. One at the front and one to the back of the loft. This combo greatly increases both headroom and floor space to the loft. This space will be large enough to accommodate an extra lounge, master en-suite and even a bathroom.

  1. L-shaped mansard conversions

An L-shaped mansard can only be carried out on properties, which have a back addition to allow the mansard’s extension over them. This extra space can be used as a study room if you consider getting sound-proof windows that keep the noise at bay, or even an extra bedroom or dressing room. For those who make wealth at home, this design can make for a great office away from a noisy living room.

  1. Velux conversion

Velux, also known as roof light conversion is the simplest and most cost-effective loft conversion without altering the existing roof structure. It involves adding a skylight window, a staircase, and a proper floor layering. However, it requires ample headroom to make good use of the available space.

Due to the slanted interior from this kind of conversions, having bathrooms and sleeping areas is ideal.

Basics of loft conversions and what to expect

Before you jumpstart your loft conversion project, you will need to take a look at a loft conversion guide to avoid common mistakes that most homeowners face. However, I will give you some basics on loft conversions and what to expect in the list below.

Basics of loft conversion

  • Assess if your loft actually qualifies for a conversion. An architect or a surveyor will inspect your home and give a verdict on that.
  • Choose a suitable design based on your structure.
  • Meet the necessary planning permission within your locality for converting a loft into a liveable space.
  • Have an idea of how you want the loft to look like at the end of the conversion and the features you want to be incorporated.
  • Keep in mind building regulations that concern the quality and safety of a structure.
  • Think critically about the position and shape of your stairway, as is a key determinant of a successful loft conversion.

What to expect on loft conversions

  •   For construction workers’ support, erecting a scaffold will be a requirement.
  •   There will be a roof opening for dormer construction.
  •   Wall insulation will need to meet legal requirements and inspection done.
  •   There will be electoral cabling for lighting.
  •   Interior fittings are necessary.
  •   Fire and gutter will need to meet legal requirements.
  •   There will be a stage-by-stage inspection by building control officer for fire regulations and building compliance.

A loft conversion can be quite intimidating at first especially if you don’t know a thing about how to go about it. However, with proper and adequate information, you are sure to have the best conversion experience.

However, having that said, create a lot of spare time, expect to encounter a lot of clutter and definitely be prepared to roll up your sleeves. At the end of the day, you will be grateful for the living space in your home and the value added.

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