The most commonly fitted loft conversion is in the style of a dormer loft conversion. These are the most popular for several reasons, one being that the conversion is simply an extension to the existing roof. They also create much more additional floor and head space within the newly converted room, generally becoming the largest room within your home.
A dormer also allows for the room internally to have vertically straight walls accompanied with a horizontal ceiling, going against the slanted walls more normally associated with loft conversions. Dormer loft conversions are versatile in that they can be built on different styles of homes, such as on terraced houses, end of terrace, semi detached and detached houses. Additionally, dormer loft conversions allow for a much more seamless staircase fitting, allowing the new stairwell to be fitted directly above the already existing one.
Most dormer loft conversions also do not require planning permission which is another great factor of this design.
There are three different styles of dormer loft conversions:
A pitched roof side dormer is a great alternative to a hip to gable loft conversion, if the latter has been denied through planning permission. The side dormer allows for the newly built staircase to be placed directly above the pre-existing stairwell, which allows for a seamless transition from floor to floor within your home.
Constructed to houses in conservation areas
If your property happens to be within a conservation area, your property development is somewhat restricted. Planning committees will only grant up to 1.8 metres in construction of a dormer, however this will still allow for a new staircase and sizeable room.