Loft Conversions Glasgow
Why you should convert your loft
If you are considering expanding your home and have been thinking what type of house extension would be best suited to your needs, then a loft conversion could be the answer for you.
Loft conversions can be less expensive than other types of extension and can give you just as much space.
If you are looking to add an extra bedroom, then then this could be the answer for you. Even though you may think your loft is too small but with the addition of windows you would be surprised at how big it can look.
Unlike a home extension, loft conversions are less dependent on the weather as the majority of the work is done from the inside
And finally, your loft space is one of the most versatile in your home. You can add an en suite to the bedroom or, if you enjoy panoramic view, then why not use loft conversions in your existing roof as a much needed extra living space?
A loft conversion can be one of the most cost-effective and simple ways of adding more space to your the home. Loft conversions are an increasingly popular choice for homeowners looking to find that extra living space without having to move house, plus it has the added benefit of adding as much as 10% to the value of your house.
Loft conversions are a great way to grow your house’s living areas and to make the most of a space that is mostly unused. A loft can can be used for additional bedrooms, a bathroom or a play area for young children, or for an office.
Important things to consider when deciding to have your loft converted…
As well as loft conversion planning permission; insulation, insurance and safety are all crucial aspects to loft extensions which need thorough consideration before any work can commence. Fire safety is one thing that is typically not taken seriously enough, but should. The basic rule around fire safety is that all upstairs habitable rooms must have some form of fire escape window / fireproof stairwell. We will advise you on all aspects of building regulations. You’ll need an assessment to make sure that your home is right for a loft conversion. We have to assess the pitch angle, structure, head height, chimneys or water tanks.
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Types of Loft Conversion
Dormer Loft Conversion
A dormer loft conversion is an extension to the existing roof that projects vertically from a sloping roof, creating additional floor space and headroom within the property. It can have windows and you can even have French windows fitted, though, keep in mind that your loft will need to be high enough to accommodate this, and you may need planning permissions if you decide on a balcony. Internally, a dormer has roof windows vertical walls and a horizontal ceiling.
Usually a dormer loft conversion can be built without planning permission though planning permission may be required depending on the specifications of the build.
The main types of dormer conversions are:
- Flat-Roof Dormer: A Conversion with a flat roof
- Shed Dormer: A Single Planed Roof that is pitched at a smaller angle than the main roof
- Gable-Fronted Dormer: This is sometimes called a Doghouse Dormer
- Hipped-Roof Dormer: A Dormer Conversion with a hipped roof
Velux Loft Conversion
A Velux loft conversion will involve installing a window into an existing roof pitch line. This makes the Velux loft conversion an entirely different entity from other loft conversions.This is a reasonably simple kind of conversion. It is a design that uses Velux windows, which are installed into the pitch of the roof, and this allows light into the room. We can also fit triple glazed windows and this will help to reduce noise pollution and keep the room nice and warm.
Hip to Gable End Loft Conversion
This is a loft conversion on the end of your roof. This is suitable for most semi-detached houses that come with hipped roofs. The work would essentially extend the side roof area so that the hipped roof which formerly sloped inwards becomes a vertical wall (turning it into a gable roof), creating extra usable loft space.
Many houses have a normal hipped roof with a sloping side. Meaning that the existing loft space is often very limited, this makes it complicated to create a loft conversion without extending your house.
This type of loft conversion extends your house on the sloping side which replaces the sloping roof with a vertical wall on the end to the same height as the ridge and fills in the space in between.
If your house has two sloping sides and you intend to replace them both with vertical walls, it will be called a double hip to gable loft conversion and this will provide you with even more additional space.
As you’ll be changing the outside of your property it’s more than likely you’ll need planning permission, but we can go over this with you and help you decide what’s best.
Loft Conversion with a Pod Room
Pod rooms are small rooms, usually built over the back addition of a property as an add-on to the main section of a converted loft.
The space is usually used as a bedroom, home office or even large bathroom as the size is adequate for a small double bedroom, large single bedroom, large office or playroom.
Loft Conversion with Full Back Addition
A full back addition loft conversion builds out over your rear extension where possible. These types are the largest because you are creating a whole new floor with several rooms.
Loft Conversion with roof Terrace
Private outside space such as a roof terrace in the City of Glasgow is a rare and popular commodity. Many of the luxury developments popping up around the city are choosing to construct a roof terrace that offer the buyer good views and privacy. However, you don’t need to be rich to be able to have a roof terrace, it could be possible, if your house and roof allows it.
Roof terraces always require planning permission so are dependent on your local planners for permission. In our experience roof terraces appear more popular in areas with a large number of flats as space is rare and gardens tend to be very small.
Bungalow Loft Conversion
A bungalow loft conversion in your property can add value, space and flexibility in your home. Bungalows, especially those built in the mid-twentieth century, often have steep roof pitches that give a lot of scope for loft conversions. Not only can it improve the living space in your home, you could even turn a top floor into a small studio apartment if you wanted.
Mansard Loft Conversion
It was French architect Francois Mansard who is first credited with the initial concept behind the Mansard style back in the 17th Century. His space creating design has been adapted over the years, but remains pretty much the same produces an extension that sits across the entire plane of your roof.
Used only on pitched roofs, the Mansard type basically works by creating a nearly vertical profile to one side of the slope, this raises the wall to an angle of at least 72 degrees and flattens the top of the roof.
Are there advantages of a Mansard loft conversion?
The main benefit of a Mansard conversion is all the additional space it gives you. Raising one of the pitched sides, the loft space is quickly turned into a very spacious living area; and it is almost as if the house had an extra room originally.
A Mansard conversion means that, unlike hip-to-gable extensions, they are ideal for terraced housing as well as detached and semi-detached houses. This makes a Mansard conversion one of the most popular, so obtaining a competitive quote from us should be easier than for other types.
Double Mansard Loft Conversion
This is similar to a normal mansard but also with a mansard to the front. This is not possible in some areas due to planning restrictions however we have been known to do this in some locations.