Recently, the planning regulations in London were simplified and as a result the number of householders opting to convert their lofts vastly increased with some households no longer requiring planning permission. We can help establish the relevant requirements for your property as it may be possible to convert your loft conversion under Permitted Development regulations.
If you would like to add extra living space, increase the value of your home and avoid the stress of moving, we offer loft conversions that are of the highest quality in terms of design, craftsmanship and sustainability.
Our work will not only give you additional space but will enhance both your property and your lifestyle.
We cater for all types of loft conversions. From hip to gable conversions with dormers, to detached bungalow conversions.
A loft conversion on a typical three bedroom semi-detached house can be completed in six to eight weeks.
As with all of our work we like to combine traditional and contemporary methods and materials to produce high quality loft conversions with innovative differences to suit individual requirements.
There are four main types of loft conversions and the type we recommend for your property will depend on a number of factors – property style, roof height, available space, conservation area, local planning regulations, your budget and needs.
Types of Loft Conversion
Dormer and L-Shaped dormer loft conversion
A dormer loft conversion is an extension to the existing roof that projects vertically from a sloping roof, creating additional floor space and headroom within the property. Internally, a dormer has vertical walls and a horizontal ceiling. It is the most common type of loft conversion, as the flat roof dormers often add the maximum amount of additional space. In addition, it is possible to create a gable front and a hipped roof dormer to make it look more attractive, however these types of dormers do not offer as much internal space. Additionally, due to the added complexity, a gable front and hipped roof dormer will cost more to build. The l-shaped dormer loft conversion is also very popular and is often considered the best way to extend a mid-terrace period property to maximize space as it can give around 40m3 of space or slightly more under planning.
Advantage: Normally a dormer loft conversion can be constructed without gaining planning permission, although planning permission may be required depending on the specifications.
Double Mansard loft conversion
This is similar to a normal mansard but also with a mansard to the front. This is not possible in most areas of London due to planning restrictions however it has been known for local home owners to get together collectively for joint planning permission.
Velux loft conversion
Velux Loft Conversions are also known as rooflight loft conversions. Velux is the leading manufacturer of roof windows so hence the name.
With this type of project, the roofline is unaltered, as the velux windows are installed fitting flush to the roofline, leaving the original roof structure untouched. Therefore, planning permission is not generally required, making it an attractive option for many. Also, due to the fact that no large alterations need to be made to the roof, the cost of the conversion generally remains lower.
Hip-to-gable and L-shaped hip-to-gable loft conversion
The majority of houses that are hip roofed in style tend to have a reasonably small internal volume, so for a conversion to be practical, a hip-to-gable conversion is a smart solution. This type of conversion involves changing the sloping side of the property to a flat gable end. This increases the size of the loft space, often creating extra space for the staircase. As this type of loft conversion changes the outline of the roof, planning permissions may well be required. We also specialize in l-shaped hip-to-gable loft conversions.
Great for you
We can advise on all aspects of the project from design to completion, including decoration. Adding space to your property through a loft conversion not only makes sense from a practical point of view it can also add value to your property. The ultimate win, win situation!
Skillform London Ltd.
Skillform London Ltd