Converting your loft is a cost effective way to maximise the space in your home and add value. At Pride Road Architects we’ve designed our fair share of loft conversions, so here we’ve compiled the Pride Road Liverpool guide to 4 different ways you can convert your loft.
Putting skylights in your roof is probably the cheapest and most time effective way to convert your loft. This option usually won’t require planning permission providing your house isn’t listed or in a conservation area, therefore it saves time not having to go through the statutory processes. It’s important to note however that your loft conversion will definitely need to obtain building regulations approval to make sure it’s safe to inhabit. To make the space inhabitable will also include installing insulation, strengthening the floor and plastering.
A dormer extension in your loft in an easy way to add an increased amount of head height in a space with low headroom and also to introduce a lot of light into the space. A dormer is essentially like putting a flat square ‘box’ on your roof with windows. Putting a dormer on your roof will require planning permission, which takes a minimum of 9-10 weeks once the plans are submitted to your local authority.
Another way to allow for more useable space in your loft is by converting a hipped roof to a gable end. A hipped roof tapers in at each side, reducing the head height in the loft space, whereas a gable end allows for the ridge of the roof to extend to the length of the external vertical gable of the house. This conversion option can generally be used for semi detached or detached properties and would require planning permission.
A mansard conversion involves taking down one side or both sides of the existing roof slope and replacing it with a very steep pitch side and a flat roof on the top adjoining the two sides. This creates more volume of space in the loft, making a more regular sized roof in terms of dimensions and head height. Once again this type of conversion would require planning permission.
If you’re thinking of converting your loft and want to know a bit more about your options then click here to book a free initial consultation with architect Catherine at your Liverpool property!