Pick the one of the loft conversion types that fits your home needs
When your housing needs change, for example when your family gets larger, or you need a home office, your children have grown, you need to adapt to the change. You can either move to a bigger place, or you can increase the livable space of your current home. The second is very popular with many home owners, because, if done right, it can be done at an affordable price, in a reasonable amount of time, and can add value to your house. If you decide to stay in your current home, you have to options to get the extra space. A home extension, or a loft extension. A loft conversion has the advantage that it won’t take from your garden space, it will use the current house structure and expand it upwards. It will give you extra livable space, away from the street views and noise. You should learn a few things about loft conversions, what would best suit your needs and the area of your house is in. Key factors in your decision will be the space the loft can offer, planning permission needs, time and budget. With the general knowledge gained, especially about loft conversion types, an architect or experienced builder can take you through the whole journey from start to finish to get you the entire process from start to finish.
There are several conversion types, the simplest one being the Velux conversion. This is also the quickest one to make and least likely to require planning permission. It uses the existing roof and only adds roof lights, and stairs access to the loft. Because there is no important structural work you need to carry, it will be faster and cheaper to complete. It most likely will fall under permitted development and not require planning permission. But it may not necessarily suit your taste and needs, as it does not add so much usable space to your home. You may also prefer a more traditional box-shaped space to live in. The roof height and structure may not be suited for a roof light conversion, so you should asses the current roof structure and needs and preferences before choosing the type of loft conversion to go ahead with.
A dormer loft conversion is a very popular choice for loft conversion types because it adds that extra space that could fit one or even two bedrooms, and a bathroom, and has a more traditional space with vertical walls, and flat rood, and plenty of head height. They will be a little bit more expensive to build than a Velux conversion, and take more time, but the result may suit your needs better. Again, you will have to see whether it requires planning permission, but chances are you won’t need one, depending on the neighborhood, the structural changes, and the location of the dormer, to the front or the back of the house.
If your house allows it, you could go with an L-shaped conversion, where two formers are connected creating lots of space and decorating opportunities.
When you need significant space and want plenty of head room, a mansard conversion will be your best choice. It has a sloping but almost vertical wall with a flat roof. This will be the most expensive conversion as you partially or completely replace the roof structure, but the space you are going to gain will be huge.