What Is A Dormer Loft Extension?
A dormer loft conversion involves extending a box-shaped structure to a pitched roof. A dormer extends upwards and outwards to provide extra headspace and floor space.
There are several options for how a dormer extension can be designed to aesthetically suit the architectural appearance of your house and how to meet your requirements best.
What Styles Of Dormer Loft Conversions Are There?
There are several different forms of loft extensions and alterations, of which the dormer is one. The other main types include roof light, mansard and hip-to-gable loft conversions.
The Main Styles Of Dormer Loft Conversions Are:
– A flat roof dormer – an extension outwards that has a horizontal roof
– A dog house dormer – an extension outwards with two pitched roofs to either side
– A shed dormer – an extension with a roof that slopes front to back or back to front
– An L-shaped dormer – an extension to the side of a house with sides that extend outwards and downwards to form an “L” shape
You can achieve many variations in each of these types meaning there will always be a dormer style that will suit your particular property.
You can also have multiple dormer windows to the front, the back, and the side and choose from narrow or wide styles. You may be surprised and delighted to see how much additional character that dormer windows will add to your property.
What Can You Use A Dormer Loft Conversion For?
The term “dormer” may have originated in the Middle Ages, meaning to provide light to attic-level bedrooms, but the uses for a dormer loft extension extend beyond sleeping spaces.
You could add a dormer to provide a home office, playroom, gym or indeed any way in which extra space would best benefit you and your family.
What Are The Requirements For A Dormer Loft Extension?
Broadly, any house with a pitched roof and attic space will be suitable for a dormer extension.
The main requirements, though, are:
– Space – the minimum height for a loft conversion is 2.4 metres.
– Access – you will need the means to fit a staircase going into the loft (you may be surprised how many innovative solutions there are for this, even for tricky spaces).
– Removal – is there anything in the loft currently which will need relocating elsewhere, such as a water tank.
Will I Need Planning Permission For A Dormer?
Dormer extension typically fall within your permitted development rights. Subject to strict guidelines, you might be able to add a dormer without planning permission, but you must always check that your design falls within the allowed criteria.
What Building Regulations Apply To Dormers?
Building regulations will always apply to dormer loft extensions. You will require building control approval before any works start.
The best way to ensure your dream plans for a dormer will meet regulations and truly add appeal, usability and value to your home is to contact our experts for a free consultation and a no-obligation quote.