Which Loft Conversion is Right for My House?

There are a number of popular styles when it comes to loft conversions; some are more commonly seen owing to the fact that they are suitable for pretty much any type of property whilst other are more rarely spotted because they may be trickier or costlier to build.

If you’ve been pondering the idea of having a loft conversion built, then now’s the time to familiarise yourself with the wide variety of styles available so that you can work out which type is the right one for your home.

  • Velux: Velux loft conversions are the simplest to install and involve very little upheaval. They are cost-effective and avoid any external changes to your home.
  • Dormer: These are an extension to your roof which enable more floor space and more head room in your converted attic. They are often placed at the back of properties.
  • Mansard: Mansard loft conversions are installed at the back of your home, opening up the roof and offering a sloping inner wall.
  • Hip-to-Gable: A Hip-to-Gable loft conversion is good for smaller properties which do often have a hipped (sloped) roof. The conversion involves altering the hipped roof so that it becomes vertical and offers more space within.

Terraced Houses

Terraced houses suffered a big cull during the early portion of the millennium and we lost a large proportion of well-built terraces which had already survived the slum clearances of the 1960s.

Whether this played a part in the slow rise in prices and popularity of terraces isn’t known but terraces have definitely increased in both price and popularity in recent years.

Often quite charming and with many older terraces retaining original features, they make great family homes…especially with the addition of a loft conversion. Luckily for the owners of terraces, they are suitable for a number of styles of loft conversion including Velux, Dormer and Mansard.

Semi-Detached

Again, these very popular houses proliferated during the early twentieth century thanks to the instigation of The Public Health Act in 1875 which necessitated a more generous allowance for living space being allotted to ordinary people.

Semi-detached houses have been one of the few styles which cross the class system and they have always been made for a varied demographic. From quite palatial Edwardian houses to perfectly ordinary local authority homes the semi-detached house is a practical and pleasant place for a family to live.

Again, these houses suit a good selection of loft conversion styles including Velux, Dormer, Mansard and Hip-to-Gable.

Bungalows

Bungalows named for their Bengali counterparts have been popular since the days of Colonialism in India when officers housed in India realised the convenience of being housed on just one floor.

Because the style was so very popular in the UK during the 1920s, many of the larger examples we see date from that era. Modern bungalows are still built regularly as they make very suitable housing for the elderly or for disabled people.

Bungalows are suited to Velux, Dormer, Mansard and Hip-to-Gable loft conversions.

Now that you’re familiar with the various styles of loft conversion, why not take a look at some of Loftworld’s case studies?