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Named after the 17th-century French Architect Francois Mansard and, consequently, very typical of French properties, a mansard loft conversion is a very aesthetically pleasing form of conversion at the back of a property. A mansard loft conversion has a flat roof and the back wall of the loft extension angles inwards at 72 degrees. For increased natural light, skylights are a particularly popular choice on a mansard loft conversion, however, windows are also usually situated within small dormers.
Due to extensive alteration of the roof structure, a mansard loft conversion will, typically, require planning permission, making the process a little longer than a dormer loft conversion, for instance. A mansard loft conversion is a particularly popular choice for traditional buildings.
In addition to a single mansard loft conversion, a double mansard loft conversion is also possible on some properties – this includes renovating both the back and front of the property. However, a double mansard loft conversion is subject to stricter planning permission guidelines and can, sometimes, be declined.
Particularly popular for semi-detached and detached properties with a hipped (sloping) roof – especially end of terrace houses and bungalows – a hip to gable loft conversion is the process of adapting the sloping roof of the property into a flat gable end to increase the size of the loft space. Some hip to gable loft conversions require planning permission while others don’t, depending on the area you live in, so it’s essential you contact your local authority beforehand.
Hip to gable loft conversions are particularly popular to create a large master bedroom with an en-suite bathroom, especially if you want to take advantage of the views surrounding your property.
To take maximum advantage of your loft space, adapt your loft with both a hip to gable loft conversion and rear dormer loft conversion.
The most common style of loft conversion, a dormer loft conversion is the process of extending an existing roof vertically from a sloping roof to create more floor space and headroom in an otherwise snug or, possibly, unusable space – in a loft conversion, it’s important that at least 50% of the floor space has a ceiling height of two metres or more.
Once finished, a dormer loft conversion will appear to be an angled box that extends from the original roof your property. Typically, a dormer loft conversion can be carried out without planning permission, making it a very efficient loft conversion if you want to save both time and money in application fees. A dormer loft conversion is particularly cost-efficient as it offers maximum use of your loft space and, typically, costs less than other types of loft conversions.
Also referred to as a roof light loft conversion, a Velux loft conversion refers to a loft conversion where the roof remains unchanged while clean-cut and contemporary Velux windows are installed to create an attractive linear finish to the property. If you are someone that loves floods of natural light, a Velux loft conversion is a fantastic choice for your property.
Velux is a world-class Danish manufacturing company specialising in windows and skylights. They have been around for more than 75 years and their windows are found on millions of properties across both the UK and the world.
Typically, Velux loft conversions do not require planning permission as they do not involve any visible changes to the structure of the roof.