What is it?
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.
Why should I consider a Dormer Loft Conversion?
- Dormer loft conversions are an excellent way to maximise the space in your property, they enable the owners of a property to add additional rooms to a house.
- Aesthetics – Dormer loft conversions are great looking additions to a property both internally and externally.
- Significant Increase To The Value Of Your Home – Attic conversions can increase the value of your home by more than 20%, when you take into account a £400,000 property, that could be an increase in value in excess of £80,000, when it comes time to sell that property as you may imagine that will significantly increase the final sales price, making it a sound investment for people looking for ways to extend and grow not only their property but the value of that property.
- Dormer Loft conversions take a moderate period of time to complete – usually, around 6-8 weeks is generally sufficient to complete the work to the point where the attic is ready for occupation.
- Versatile – You can do virtually anything with the loft space, you can add in extra bedrooms, a bedroom with en suite, a study room or a home office, a play area, observatory, home gym or just a nice space for you to take some “chill out time”, the possibilities are only limited by your imagination.
Dormer loft conversions are versatile in that they can be built on various different styles of homes, such as on terraced houses, end of terrace, semi-detached, detached houses and bungalows. Furthermore, dormer loft conversions allow for a much more seamless staircase fitting, allowing the new stairwell to be fitted directly above the already existing one. Also, 99% of dormer conversions do not require planning permission which is another great factor of this design.
Dorma loft conversion types
Flat Roof Dormer
The most commonly fitted loft conversion is in the style of a flat roof dormer conversion. These are the most popular for several reasons, one being that the conversion is simply an extension to the existing roof. They also increase the additional floor and head space within the newly converted room, generally becoming the largest room within your home. Additionally, a dormer provides an internal room with vertically straight walls accompanied by a horizontal ceiling, going against the slanted walls more normally associated with loft conversions.
Pitched Roof Dormer
A pitched roof Dormer loft conversions are a great alternative to a hip to a gable loft conversion if the latter has been denied through planning permission. The side dormer allows for the newly built staircase to be placed directly above the pre-existing stairwell, which allows for a seamless transition from floor to floor within your home.
Pros and Cons
- They create a lot more usable space
- They allow more natural light into the space
- They mostly fall within permitted development rights
- More cost-effective than an extension
- No reduction in the garden being used to gain the extra room/s (a pro for all conversions)
- Not always aesthetically pleasing to the eye
- Construction time is increased
L-Shape Dormer Conversion – Hove, BrightonView Details
How long does a dormer loft conversion take?
Around 8-10 weeks is generally sufficient to complete the work to the point where the attic is ready for occupation.
Do dormer loft conversions need planning permission?
99% of dormer conversions do not require planning permission.
Will adding a dormer loft conversion add value to my property?
Yes, attic conversions can increase the value of your home by more than 20%, when you take into account a £400,000 property, that could be an increase in value in excess of £80,000.