Mansard conversions provide the most headspace and largest room volume of any loft conversion. The process involves opening up your roof so that the profile has 3 sides rather than 2. This gives the structure a flat (or almost flat) roof of 72-90 degrees, and a sloping front wall to create the feeling of an additional storey on your home rather than a standard loft conversion.
Is My House Suitable for a Mansard Loft Conversion?
Mansard conversions are also suitable for almost every type of house; detached and semi-detached homes can support a Mansard loft conversion, and terraced properties, chalets, and bungalows can all use this option since the extension builds on the front or back of your house. It also doesn’t require a lot of structural reinforcements, which is why these loft conversions are becoming more popular.
Benefits of Mansard Conversions
These loft conversions offer a fantastic amount of space and a wonderful airy feel to your new rooms. Since the new roof profile is similar to a standard room, it rarely feels like a loft conversion at all. Your new rooms will also be much easier to furnish than other options, as there are more vertical walls and the roof is not pitched at such a harsh angle. If you have converted to a bedroom, you may wish to install a wardrobe on the pitched wall to square off the room entirely and increase built-in storage space.
These conversions are extremely versatile due to their space and size, offering a wider variety of uses for the space. However, it is important that you determine how you would like to use the room prior to conversion to ensure that you have all of the utilities you need, such as water and waste water pipes.
Planning Permission for Mansard Conversions
Mansard loft conversions involve a lot of exterior work on the house and major changes to the pitch of the roof, so they often require planning permission. In some instances, you may be able to compete this conversion as a permitted development, but it’s extremely important to ensure that you are working within the rules either way.
Our team are happy to work with you to apply for planning consent, and will always work with you to ensure that your conversion meets the requirements set by your permission.