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What is a Roof Light Loft Conversion?

  • Posted by: Sebastian Grayson
Single Dormer Loft Extension in Brixton Roof - What is a roof light conversion

Have you ever wished your home was bigger, or wondered what you might do with an additional living space in your property? A roof light loft conversion might be the perfect solution to unlock the hidden potential within your property. In this blog, we look at what is a roof light conversion and the complete process. 

What is a Roof Light Loft Conversion?

A roof-light loft conversion, also known as a skylight loft conversion or a Velux loft conversion, is a popular method of transforming an underutilised attic space into a functional, well-lit room. As the name suggests, this type of conversion maximises natural light by incorporating strategically placed windows or skylights, allowing sunlight to flood the space. 

The Process of a Roof Light Loft Conversion

The process typically involves several key stages. Firstly, a structural assessment of your property is carried out to determine its suitability for conversion. Factors such as roof pitch, headroom, and floor load capacity are considered. 

Once your property has been deemed suitable, the next step involves planning the layout and design of the new living space, which can be customised to meet your requirements and preferences. 

Is My Property Suitable for a Roof Light Loft Conversion?

Most properties are suitable for this type of conversion, including detached, semi-detached, and terraced houses. They tend to work best with properties that have a suitable roof pitch and sufficient headroom in the attic space. Generally, a minimum headroom clearance of around 2m is recommended for comfortable usage. Consider the addition of flooring and wall plaster when assessing this. Plus, the floor load capacity should be able to support the additional weight of the conversion. 

Since these types of conversions rely on skylights or windows to maximise daylight in the room, it’s crucial to assess the orientation and positioning of your property. Ideally, your roof should be oriented in a way that allows ample sunlight to enter the loft space. 

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As with many other loft conversion types they can be used for any purpose you like. But before deciding if it’s the right option for your home, make sure that there is adequate space available to accommodate the desired functionality of your new room. 

Do You Need Planning Permission?

One of the biggest advantages is that it often falls within the permitted development rights, meaning that you may not be required to get planning permission for this type of conversion. However, it’s always a good idea to check with your local planning authority to ensure that the work will be compliant. 

The Cost of a Roof Light Loft Conversion

When it comes to how much you can expect to pay, it can vary depending on a range of factors including the size of the space, the level of customisation you require, and the complexity of the project. While providing an exact figure is challenging without assessing the individual property, it’s worth noting that a roof light loft conversion is generally a more cost-effective choice compared to other loft conversion types, due to the minimal structural alterations required. 

Are Architects Needed?

An architect is not usually necessary however, our loft conversion specialists can help. We’ll guide you through the process, from initial assessments to finalising the design and construction. Plus, we’ll provide advice on any additional considerations such as building regulations and insulation requirements, to ensure that your conversion runs smoothly from start to finish. 

Who Do I Contact?

If you’re interested in learning more about a roof-light loft conversion for your home, contact our friendly team. We’re always happy to chat about your plans and visions for your property.

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

Author: Sebastian Grayson