A Dormer loft conversion makes the most of your available space, and increases the volume of your attic by adding a small extension onto your attic. Occasionally called a kennel extension, these additions can have flat or pitched roofs and are designed to fit in with the overall aesthetic of your home. The Dormer itself often has windows to let in light and improve the outside appearance of your home’s new addition. If your dormer is big enough, you may opt for French windows or a balcony to make the most of your new space. However, if you do opt for a balcony your loft conversion may be subject to planning permission rather than being built as a permitted development.
Most homeowners prefer their Dormer conversion to face the back of the property – this avoids planning restrictions and increases the privacy in your new room. However, some traditional properties look best with the dormers facing the front – our advisers will work through the options with you so that your extension fulfils your requirements and fits in with the other houses in your area.
Building a Dormer Loft Conversion
After your loft conversion has been planned out and permission has been sought and granted (if necessary), we start work on the Dormer. This is built with environmentally-friendly materials that fit in with the overall look of your house and maximise energy efficiency. We will discuss building materials with you to ensure that the loft conversion fits in with your eco-requirements as well as your budget.
Once the Dormers have been completed, we will need to refurbish your loft to turn it into a livable room and complete any new insulation work. This work may include adding in new joists, as well as installing your flooring, heating, and decorating the room.
Dormer Conversions vs. Hip to Gable Conversions
Dormers are often presented as an alternative for people who do not want to completely alter the structure of their roof due to the cost, timeframes, or the structure of their home. Dormer loft conversions are suitable for almost any building and are less likely to require planning permission, whereas Hip to Gable conversions can usually only be carried out on detached, semi-detached, or end of row terraced homes.