Nowadays many families turn to loft conversions in order to add some extra living space to their homes. The price tag and the time it takes to complete the job depend on the type of conversion. There are four main types of loft conversions: velux, dormer, hip to gable and mansard.

Velux loft conversion, also known as roof light conversion is the simplest loft conversion that does not involve altering or expanding the existing space at all. The job involves adding windows and remodelling the flooring so the attic can be turned into a comfortable living space. Because of its simplicity, velux loft conversion can be completed within 4 weeks. The average cost for a velux loft conversion is between £21K-£30K.

Dormer loft conversion is the most favoured type of conversion among families. It includes a structural extension to the existing roof which projects vertically from the slope of the roof. This loft creates additional floor space with no dramatic changes and allows for the installation of conventional windows. There is an L-shaped dormer – which wraps around the side and rear of the property which is a common adaptation. Dormer loft conversions take somewhere between 4-6 weeks to complete depending on the complexity of the space. Pricewise, it is generally a cheaper option than other types of conversions, it may cost you somewhere between £27K-50K.

Hip-to-gable loft conversions are a smart choice for end of terrace and detached homes. This type of conversion involves changing the sloping side of the property to a flat gable end. Floor steels are installed and the gable is erected. Later the hip is removed from inside the new loft. The best thing about hip to gable loft conversion is the big change of the roofline. This allows you to achieve a large amount of additional floor space, maximizing your loft conversion potential. The outline of the roof is changed with this conversion type, so before you start, make sure you can get a permit. Similarly to dormer loft conversion, hip to gable can take up to 6 weeks to complete. The average price for it is between £42K-60K.

Mansard loft conversions usually require a planning permission because of the structural change of the roof. This type of conversion has a flat roof, with the back wall sloping inwards at an angle of 72 degrees. Mansards are typically found in the rear of the houses and are most popular in terraced houses. The windows are aesthetically pleasing because they are constructed as small dormers. With mansard, you can achieve the largest floor space and headroom on the inside. Mansard loft conversion requires the most work and it takes 7-8 weeks to be completed. It is the most expensive type of loft conversion and it will cost you over £40K. it can go up to £75K depending on the size and complexity.

To discuss loft conversion types and ideas, contact Right Build.