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Dormer Loft Conversion vs Velux Loft Conversion

  • Posted by: Sebastian Grayson
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If you are thinking of having a loft conversion at your home, then there are several types to choose from. Two of the most popular options are the dormer and Velux loft conversions. Read on two find out more about these two types to help you decide which option might be the best for your home. 

What is a Dormer Loft Conversion?

A dormer loft conversion includes an extension of the loft that sticks out from the sloped side. It is a popular type of loft conversion for homes in the UK since it can be fitted to any property with a sloping roof. In the UK, most houses have a suitable type of roof, including some terraced and most semi-detached and detached properties. 

Pros and Cons

One of the most obvious benefits of having a dormer loft conversion is the amount of space that it can add to your home. It allows you to utilise the existing loft space while extending it further. This can be useful for creating more space if you are not able to build any other extensions onto the property. Along with this, most dormer loft conversions are included in permitted development so homeowners do not have to deal with the hassle of getting planning permission beforehand. On the downside, it can take several weeks to complete and will be rather disruptive, meaning that you may need to find alternative accommodation for yourself and your family. You may also need to get planning permission if you live in a listed building or a conservation area. 

What is a Velux Loft Conversion?

A Velux or roof light loft conversion is the most basic type of loft conversion, and also the easiest and cheapest to do if you want to make more use of the existing loft space in your property. It is typically covered by permitted development, so there is no need to get planning permission if you want to get a Velux loft conversion done in your home. It can be done in almost any loft, however, since the loft is not extended, it is best suited to large loft areas. It is done by adding skylights, new flooring, drywall, and a staircase to turn your loft into a useable room in the home. 

Pros and Cons

One of the main benefits of getting a Velux loft conversion is that it is the simplest, cheapest, and easiest to do. You do not need to worry about extensive work on your roof and may even be able to continue living in the property, although your loft will be worked on for at least a few weeks and the job might be noisy and dirty. Since it makes no alterations to the outside of your property other than the added skylights, you don’t need planning permission unless you live in a listed building or conservation area. On the downside, a Velux loft conversion does not add any additional space to your roof. Once you have added flooring and drywall, you could end up with a very tiny room in the loft, depending on how big the loft was to begin with. This could be ideal for storage but not if you want an extra bedroom. 

Dormer Loft Conversion vs Velux Loft Conversion – Price Comparison 

In general, a dormer loft conversion with a master bedroom and en-suite bathroom costs around £35k-£45k. A Velux loft conversion will cost you around £20,000-£30,0000. 

If you’re interested in getting a loft conversion but aren’t sure which type is best for you, contact our friendly team at Simply Easy Refurbs for all the advice you need. 

If you’re ready to sit back and enjoy a Simply Easy Refurb on your home, contact us today.

Author: Sebastian Grayson