Semi Detached Loft Conversions

When you first start to research semi detached loft conversions you may find yourself getting confused by the different options and some of the terms being used so we have tried to break things down into a simple and easy to understand manner.

Many of the people we speak to are interested in converting an attic room into a new loft room that acts as a functional loft space for the family. Attic renovations are also another reason people get in touch with us because they are simply fed up of an old dusty room.

Building a loft conversion does not have to be a complex and nor does the loft construction itself. The loft conversion process should always be explained in full so you have a complete understanding of what is involved, how much it costs and how long it is likely to take. Think about the preferred style of your bespoke loft conversion. Are you looking for modern loft conversion, contemporary loft conversion or simply a luxury loft conversion? If you live in a semi detached property there are various types of loft conversions suitable for your type of property so we have included examples below.

Velux Loft Conversion

This is by far the simplest and cost effective way of converting a loft for those who own a semi-detached house. They work by installing large windows into the pitch of the roof, which allow natural light and ventilation into the room. There is also no requirement to alter the exterior of the roofline. We would suggest this option for those working to a tighter budget where you have plenty of headroom throughout the loft. Practical applications for these conversions are a new home office or perhaps a master bedroom with an en suite.

Mansard Loft Conversion

This is a semi detached loft conversions, which is installed to the rear of the property. When building this type of conversion it utilises the space cleverly by opening up your roof into a flat position and creating a back wall at an angle, which contains small dormer windows. Due to the amount of work involved in this type of loft conversion, you will generally find that planning permission is required but will also find it results in a lot more living space as well.

Dormer Loft Conversion

Loft dormers project from the plane of a sloped roof so are not the most aesthetically pleasing type of loft conversion. Different options are available depending on the style of property and space you require. As far as semi detached loft conversions go, they can be more cost effective as they are an extension to your existing roof. They open up headroom and can bring natural light into your new loft space. Dormer construction is more suited to older properties and in many cases does not need planning permission.

Hip To Gable Loft Conversion

This type of semi detached loft conversion is suitable for a property with a sloping (i.e. hipped) roof. The aim is to extend the line of a hipped roof to make a gable end roof. This can increase the size of a loft conversion especially when adding a rear dormer as part of the project. For properties with this type of roof, they usually have small loft spaces so changing the hipped roof to create a vertical gable end is the most practical option even though it does mean removing the roof itself as part of the work.

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