Amongst some of our many specialisms (even if we do say so ourselves!) is creating amazing new living spaces from some of the unloved, and maybe even unlovable, parts of your home. One of the most popular ways of extending houses is through loft conversions, although there can be issues with the amount of actually useable living space that is currently present in many standard lofts. You might be able to stand up right in the centre, but take more than a step either way and you’re hitting your head on the eaves. So what can you do?

One answer is to install a dormer loft conversion. These take the form of a structural extension which projects vertically from the plane of a sloping roof which significantly increases the amount of useable spaces, whilst also bringing in lots of natural light from windows on the vertical sides.

Types of dormer conversions

The most popular type of dormer conversion features a flat roof. This is both the often the cheapest type of dormer to build and offers the most headroom and so is understandably a popular choice. However other types of dormers include; shed dormers – which feature a flat planed roof that is angled slightly downwards, gable-fronted dormers – which are built onto gable ends and hipped roof dormers – which have three planed roofs converging at the ridge of the dormer.

Pros of dormer conversions

  • Offers more space (especially flat roofed dormers) than any other type of loft conversion.
  • Allows the maximum amount of light into what otherwise can be a dark space.
  • Suitable for almost all property types.

Cons of dormer conversions

  • Flat roofed dormers can sometimes be seen as unsightly.
  • More attractive types of dormers, such as gable-fronted and hipped roof dormers are more expensive to install.

Will I need planning permission for a dormer loft conversion?

In many cases the addition of a dormer loft conversion comes under the rules of permitted development, in which case you will not need to gain specific planning permission for it. However there are a number of cases in which you would need to gain approval for a dormer loft conversion, for example if your house is listed, sits on designated land or the volume of the new addition exceeds the limits of permitted development. For more information we would recommend contacting your local planning office who will be able to advise you further.

For more information about installing a dormer loft conversion to your property, contact the experts at Wisecraft Ltd. today.