A detached house has the most potential when it comes to choosing a loft conversion. Since there is access to build on the roof on each side of your home, you can really make the most of getting a loft conversion and choose from practically every option. A hip to gable loft conversion is an ideal choice for a detached house, extending the length of the slop at each side of the property and adding significant additional space. Dormer loft conversions, which protrude from the sloped sides of your roof, are another popular choice for detached houses and can also be done on both sides of the roof for an even larger room inside. Detached houses also tend to be more suitable for additional exterior features such as balconies.
A mid-terraced house typically has the least options for a loft conversion. Since there is no sloped side of the roof as it is shared with other terraced houses on the row, it’s usually quite limited. Mansard loft conversions can be suitable for some mid-terraced houses, running along the length of the roof and altering the slope angle to make it vertical and add space inside. Roof light conversions, which are the cheapest and easiest option for utilising the space in the roof, are popular choices for mid-terraced houses as they do not require any alternations to the shape or pitch of the roof. Velux windows can be added to create more light in the new room.
A semi-detached house is usually a suitable candidate for the same types of loft conversions that you would be able to do with a detached house, albeit these can only be done on the one sloping side of the roof. Semi-detached houses are suitable for hip to gable loft conversions, mansard conversions, roof light conversions, and dormer conversions. As with detached houses, a dormer conversion is often the most popular option for a semi-detached house, as it is the best option for adding a lot of space inside.
The type of loft conversion that you might go for on a bungalow will largely depend on whether or not the roof is shared with any other properties. In the UK, the majority of bungalows are either detached or semi-detached, and therefore suitable for the same types of loft conversions as you’d expect to be suitable for either detached or semi-detached houses. Ensuring that there is enough room inside the bungalow to build a safe and functional staircase to the loft conversion space is one of the major factors to consider, no matter what kind of loft conversion you choose. Balconies can also be added to dormer and hip to gable roof conversions in most cases.