Converting your loft can add extra space to your home without incurring expensive moving costs. Some types of loft conversion are considered permitted development; which means that no planning permission is needed, subject to certain conditions. In the case of larger lofts usually one or more bedrooms and a bathroom can be created. When loft space is limited a home office or play room is an option. Most lofts can be converted depending on available headroom. There are four main types of conversions: Velux Conversion Some properties are originally built with enough loft space and sufficient headroom to create sizeable rooms without the need to build a dormer. This is the simplest way of converting your loft. Dormer conversion To gain extra headroom in your loft conversion you could consider the extension of the roof in the form of a dormer. Dormers can vary in shape and size. In some cases you may require planning permission from your local authority. Hip to gable conversion A hip to gable loft conversion involves changing the sloping side of your roof, the "hipped side", to a flat gable end. This creates a much larger loft space, often creating that extra space for the staircase. This type of conversion changes the outline of the roof therefore planning permission may be required. Mansard conversion This conversion typically has a flat horizontal roof, with the wall sloping inwards at an angle of 72 degrees. Windows are usually housed within small dormers. The majority of mansard loft conversions will require planning permission If you would like to talk about what would be the best loft conversion in your case, we are here to help.