February 17, 2019


Optimise your space with a dormer loft conversion

Optimise your space with a dormer loft conversion
Adding a dormer is the most popular style of a loft conversion and it`s no wonder. If it is well planned and executed, you can add a significant amount of space and light, creating a stunning master bedroom, playroom or home office.
What is a dormer loft conversion?
A dormer loft conversion adds a structural extension to your existing roof, with vertical walls and either a flat or gabled roof. It can really open up cramped loft spaces.
Plan ahead
In order to carry out a loft conversion, you need a minimum head height of 2.3 metres. You can check by measuring the distance between the ridge timber and the top of the ceiling joist. Now plan where the access will be - a side dormer allows for seamless integration of the new and existing staircases.
Your loft conversion will fall under permitted development and won’t require additional planning permission unless the new roofing exceeds 40 cubic metres for a terraced house or 50 cubic metres for semi-detached. You won’t be able to raise the height of the roof without planning permission. Check your plans with the local planning portal.
Building regulations apply to any development, whether or not you need planning permission. Your building contractor should work with you to ensure that your dormer conversion meets building regulations at every step.
Pros and cons of a dormer conversion
A flat-roofed dormer conversion is a relatively straightforward and affordable way to in which convert your loft and adds a significant amount of space and light, especially if you opt for a Juliet balcony and floor to ceiling windows. Along with the versatile interior space, there’s a dormer design that will suit the roofline of most UK properties.
However, aesthetically a flat roof dormer conversion is not the prettiest option. Opting for a gabled or hipped roof dormer may be easier on the eye but will cost significantly more. You won’t be able to add a dormer to your property if you live in a conservation area or Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Options for your dormer conversion
Side dormers on hip-ended houses are a good alternative if you’ve been denied planning permission for a hip to gable loft conversion. There are several design options including a shed dormer with a slightly angled roof and a gable fronted or doghouse dormer. There are an array of cladding materials available including metal and timber. Slate is the obvious option to blend in with a slate roof.
Design ideas for a dormer conversion
A dormer conversion lends itself to the creation of a beautiful master bedroom with a sizeable en-suite and the extra head height makes it easy to create a full-size shower. Add a dormer window for the ultimate luxury of bathing while looking at the stars!
A dormer conversion also makes an ideal den or self-contained studio flat for growing teenagers; a fabulous home office; or a craft room where natural light is essential. Add plenty of insulation and select a neutral palette of whites and creams to really optimise the sense of space and light your dormer conversion provides.
To speak to the team about starting your home project please call 020 3732 4509