Also known as roof light conversions. The name Velux came about as they are the leading manufacturer of roof windows and so the name has become associated with this type of loft conversion.
They let large amounts of natural light into your loft conversion and provide excellent ventilation. They are available in a variety of sizes, styles and colours making it easy to coordinate with your decor and home exterior. Velux windows are cost effective and rarely require planning permission. Velux window loft conversions give no projection from the roof and do not drastically change the external appearance of the property.
The most simple and cost-effective loft conversion for a property is to install Velux windows to the front and/or rear elevation without altering your roofline. It works best when there is ample headroom throughout your loft so you can make full use of all the available floor space.
A Velux conversion requires significantly less construction work which makes this type a popular choice as well as being very cost effective. A Velux conversion has many advantages to offer:
– Light and ventilation: These windows allow for a large amount of light making your loft conversion feel spacious and airy.
– Remote Controlled: Velux windows can be controlled via a remote, fantastic for high ceilings.
– Planning permission not required: Meaning there’s no delay on starting the project.
– Not controlled by the weather so no unexpected delays.
The most common loft conversion; A dormer loft conversion is a structural extension which projects vertically from the plane of a sloping roof meaning that most of the work can be carried out from scaffolding outside of your home. By building a dormer onto an existing roof they create much more additional floor and head space within the newly converted room. A dormer has the ability to recreate up to 80% of your existing floor space upstairs.
The versatility of Dormer loft conversions means that they can be built on variously different styles of homes, such as terrace, end of terrace, semi detached and detached houses.
Hip to Gable
A Hip to Gable loft conversion can be carried out on properties that have a hipped roof i.e. a sloping side. This usually occurs with semi detached, detached or end of terraced housing. The side of the roof is extended out and made vertical enhancing the headroom aspect of the conversion. This is beneficial when a house lacks the required space within the loft to convert into any other style.
All changes made to the property externally will be fitted and matched with all pre-existing aspects of the house, allowing for an overall aesthetically pleasing look inside and out.
A mansard conversion requires the most work to the property due to the large scale of worked needed. It involves one or both slopes of the roof being replaced with a new structure with very steep sloping sides then an almost flat roof is placed over the top. This type of loft conversion normally requires planning permission, due to the nature of changing the roof structure so much.
When a property is converted with a mansard style conversion the additional space created is much larger than other types of conversions. The mansard has a flat roof with the back sloping inwards at 72 degrees. The windows are built into the loft conversion as small dormers, and are by far the most aesthetically pleasing type of loft conversion. The walls on either side of the conversion are also raised in brick work to match all existing aspects of the property.