If you live in a big city like London, you’ll likely know that expanding your home to gain space is not an easy task. From the already compact nature of the streets to the ever-growing list of planning and regulation restrictions, extending, renovating, and modifying your home seems to get tougher every year.
But what if there was a way you could create entirely new rooms, with little to no planning restrictions, and without tearing up your garden? With a dormer loft conversion in London, there is.
The basics of dormer loft conversions
While a lot of thought and preparation goes into transforming your loft space, you’ll first need to know what a dormer loft conversion is, and if it’s right for you and your home.
When it comes to loft conversions, there are three main types – roof light, dormer, and hip-to-gable – with the dormer often providing the most space for your money, especially in a city setting.
When building a dormer loft, we take a box-shaped structure and add it onto a pitched roof, creating walls that sit at a 90-degree angle to the floor. While it might sound complicated and messy, it’s one of the most common loft conversion types in London, and for a good reason.
4 things to know about dormer loft conversions
- They’re the goto option for space
A dormer’s vertical wall and roof extension makes them the clear winner when it comes to creating the most space in your loft. In fact, with a dormer conversion, you could build a whole new bedroom, add a beautiful en-suite, and still have a comfortable amount of space for the stairs.
- They have a hassle-free construction
When we build a dormer loft conversion, we nearly always install external scaffolding to aid with the construction process. Not only will the scaffolding help us, but it’ll mean you experience minimum noise and disruption to your everyday life.
- There’s more than one design
While they inherently require an addition of space to your existing structure, they don’t necessarily need to be square in shape. There’s a whole range of architectural designs when it comes to dormer loft conversions, including the Shed Dormer, Dog House Dormer, and L-shaped Dormer.
- You may not need planning permission to build one
Unless your house or flat is in a conservation area, dormer loft conversions in London often won’t require planning permission. They will, however, need to meet the permissible development conditions of the area and building type. You can find out more about planning permission here.