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Different Types of Loft Conversions

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Whether your family is embiggening or you want to increase the value of your home, a loft conversion is always a fantastic home improvement plan. There is, however, more than one way to approach a loft conversion and this month we’ll be explaining the different types available to you and what conversions are suited to which types of home.

Hip to Gable

If the sidewall of your home meets a roof line that is sloped at a near 45° angle, then your roof is ‘hipped’. Hip to gable loft conversions increase the loft space by continuing the sidewall upwards to create a gable end. The roof is then extended to meet the gable end (or ends), which then creates much more usable headroom and floorspace within.

If your home is detached or semi-detached and has a hipped roof, then this is a viable option for you. It’s also ideal for many bungalows, too, especially when combined with a dormer window, as explained below.


A dormer loft conversion is a structure made of timber, slate and studwork that projects from the plane of a sloping roof and provides your cramped attic space with useable headroom and floorspace. The natural light provided by dormer windows will also make the room more inviting and safe. The dormer should always be made to match the existing facade of the house as much as possible, to ensure a cohesive look.

It’s the most common type of loft conversion as it can be built into almost any type of home. It’s compatible with hip-end roofs as well as gable-end and is fit for bungalows, terraces and more.


Mansard roofs are typically installed at the rear of a property, as this type of conversion changes the aspect of a home considerably. To make a mansard roof, the sidewalls of the home are extended upwards and the tiled part of the roof is made so steep as to accept a window, either a fixed window or a velux window. The steep part of the roof is capped with another shallower tiled section of roof. A mansard loft conversion involves more work but does provide the maximum of livable space, which is perfect for studio flats or lodger’s apartments.

Building Regulations and Planning Permission

Building Regulations Approval is required for any major building works to your home and this includes loft conversions. Dormer conversions often do not require planning permission and fall within the ‘permitted development’ of your home. Extensive building works and conversions, such as mansard loft conversions may require planning permission and it’s always best to seek the advice of your local authority before starting works.

NK Lofts is proud to provide first rate loft, garage and dormer conversions in Coventry, Northampton and Peterborough. We take every step to ensure your bespoke loft room is tailored to meet your needs and satisfies building regulations, so you can enjoy a safe, warm and energy efficient loft environment. Our experienced team are ready to answer any questions you may have about conversions and even offer free surveys and quotes. Add value to your home today by calling the friendly team at NK Lofts.

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