Types of Loft Conversions

Typical loft conversions fall into several different categories, which type of loft conversion you decide will depend on many factors such as the design of your existing roof, your budget, planning restrictions and your own personal preferences.

Front Dormer Loft Conversion

Front dormer loft conversions are often small dormers constructed to be in-keeping with your property. Occasionally, a side dormer loft conversion is used to replace a Hip to Gable construction when planning is required.

Hip to Gable Loft Conversion

Hip to Gable loft conversions involve altering the sloping side of your property (the hipped side), to a flat gable end, creating a large loft room and often enough space for a staircase. This type of construction is normally only possible when planning permission is not required.

Mansard Loft Conversion

This is a construction to the rear of your property, although the back wall slopes inwards at an angle of 72 degrees and windows are housed in small dormers. Mansard loft conversions are normally constructed when planning permission is required, or your property falls into a conservation area.

Rear Dormer Loft Conversion

Rear dormer loft conversions create a square end to the back of your property and have a flat roof. They create a substantial amount of extra living space and height. These conversions are possible on most terraced and semi-detached properties, and allow a greater choice of rooms within the loft space. It is often possible to construct dormer loft conversions without obtaining planning permission.


This type of conversion ensures that your property’s roof line remains unaltered and a room is simply created in your existing loft space. Velux conversions typically lend themselves to Victorian style houses and are often used if planning permission is required.