Chances are if you live in a detached property in Halifax, York or a nearby area – you have a loft. But unfortunately many go unused, or purely take the role of storing long-forgotten possessions. When a loft can comprise as much as 30% of your home’s potential space, it makes a lot of sense to make the most of it.
Turning these spaces into attractive, inhabitable, rooms via loft conversions can add up to 20% to the value of your home, while giving you an extra bedroom, bathroom, office or games room to use on the day-to-day. All in all, they’re a great an alternative to property extensions if you’re looking to use existing space, rather than make altogether new space.
There are many building regulations that a loft needs to meet in order to be inhabitable. They deal with concerns like ventilation, insulation and fire safety. That’s why it’s important to bring in professional building contractors to ensure everything meets regulatory standards, and is completed to an exceptional standard of workmanship. Dream Projects is a highly experienced provider of quality loft conversions. There are number of different styles and approaches we can take, which we’ve provided detail of below…
Keep in mind that all loft conversions must have a head height of 2.2m or more. If you already have this space, and you don’t require anymore for the loft’s intended purpose, we may not need to make major structural alterations.
Roof Light Loft Conversions – The simplest and easiest of all loft conversions. Building contractors add in skylight windows, put down a quality floor and add a staircase. These are ideal if you have a spacious loft which doesn’t require any structural alterations. Obviously, for some Halifax and York homeowners these will be out the question.
Dormer Loft Conversions – Building contractors construct a vertical wall that meets the bottom of your roof’s slope. Then a flat roof is constructed to meet the vertical wall. This maximises headroom. The most common style you’ll find around Halifax and York, dormer loft conversions are versatile and can work for almost any home with a sloping roof. Oftentimes, they won’t require planning permission.
Hip-to-Gable Loft Conversions – If your property has a hipped roof, don’t fret – there are special conversions aimed at increasing your loft’s space. A hip-to-gable extension does what it says on the tin, changing the hipped side of your roof to a flat gable end. While this gives you lots of space to work with, the downside is it often requires planning permission. However, here Dream Projects can help. By using 3D modelling to come up with detailed plans, we can assist you in your application process and provide advice to ensure you get the green stamp first time.
Mansard Loft Conversions – Typically featured at the rear of a property, mansard loft conversions feature a flat roof and back wall that slopes inwards at an angle of 72 degrees. They require the most work of any type of conversion, and as a result are usually the most expensive projects. Typically, planning permission is required. Often found in Halifax and York’s urban, terraced properties – they provide a lot of space to play with, and look fantastic.