Loft conversion with dormer

Bright loft room

With the demand for housing continuing to grow in the UK, you’ll find that most of the new homes being built are small. This certainly brings about a challenge when you need extra space to accommodate your growing family in the future. In turn, it has led to loft conversions being a suitable home improvement solution for many homeowners. 

With a loft conversion, you can easily acquire additional space without necessarily having to move out or buy a new property. Thus making it an even more cost-effective solution. There are several loft extension designs to choose from but we shall have a look at loft conversion with dormer, which happens to be the most common option. It basically involves an extension built protruding from an existing sloping roof resulting in extra space.

Play Room
Attic converted into a Play room

Is a dormer suitable for my loft conversion

If you’re looking to gain more headroom and floor space, then having a dormer loft is something you should consider. Not to mention the fact that it can significantly increase the value of your property. This article by highlights some of the different dormer extension types that you can use to transform your dead space into liveable space.

Some of the things you should consider when determining if a dormer is suitable for your home includes the following:

  • The amount of headspace available. You should ensure that you have a head height of at least 2.2m for you to convert your attic into usable space
  • The roof pitch. The more the roof pitch, the more headroom you’ll have
  • The existing roof structure
  • Any  obstacles that may be encountered such as plumbing system, chimney or even water tanks 

Choosing the right dormer loft design

As mentioned earlier, there are several designs that you can go for if you’re looking to have a dormer extension. The size and style of dormer extension you choose will determine the amount of extra space you’re going to end up with. Whether you want to have an additional bedroom, guest room, playroom, or perhaps a home office, explained below are some of the different options you can consider.

  • Shed Dormer. The shed dormer is similar to the flat dormer with the difference being the roof which slopes slightly at an angle. This type is most suitable for homes with a gable roof.
  • Flat roof dormer. With the flat roof dormer, a simple structure can be added either to the rear or/and front of the house. It is a simple way to convert your dead space into a usable room. You also get plenty of headspace and natural light freely floods the space thanks to the dormer windows. 
  • Dog-house dormer. This extension is also known as the gable-fronted dormer. Unlike the types we’ve already discussed, this one is a more complex option. It involves constructing a gable wall extension to meet the ridgeline and a sloping roof towards the gable end.
  • Hipped roof dormer. This type results in less usable space compared to the other types discussed above. With the hipped roof dormer, the roof slopes in all three sides of the structure However, it is the most aesthetically pleasing option you can settle for and it’s also suitable for most property styles.

With the various choices discussed above, it is important to note that the strength of the frame of the existing structure will determine how much more work needs to be done. If the roof structure has a traditional frame, this will be more convenient for an extension because it will be easier to make any alteration. Your contractor and the structural engineer you’re working with can always give you professional advise regarding the most suitable option for your property.