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Enfield Loft Conversions

Ultimate Guide To Loft Conversions

Loft Conversion plans In this ultimate guide, you will get all your outstanding questions that are commonly asked about loft conversions. Loft conversions are becoming more and more popular for homeowners that are looking to expand on their current property space without having to go through the stresses of relocation.

Extending your property and catering to growing family needs can be a difficult task with a multitude of options to select from including building an extension outwards, excavating a basement and of course, undergoing a loft conversion.

The vast majority of people are drawn towards loft conversions as they are actually a lot more straightforward than you think - as long as you hire an experienced and accredited team just like ourselves at Apex Loft Conversions.

Types Of Loft Conversions

If you have decided that a loft conversion is the right and most logical next step, there are three main types of loft conversions to consider. The type of loft conversion that is right for you will depend on a number of variables such as property structure, infrastructure, cost, planning and whether you are going to need to extend your roof. The three main types of loft conversions are;-

Velux Loft Conversions

Velux Loft Conversion A Velux loft conversion is when the shape of the existing roof is retained and Velux windows are installed into the rafters. Velux loft conversions are arguably the most popular type of loft conversion due to their cost-effectiveness and the fact that they require considerably less construction work when compared to other alternatives. This type of loft conversion is especially pleasing on the eye once completed and insulated windows that are installed can reduce noise pollution up to 50%.


  • Versatility is a major benefit
  • Planning permission not required
  • Increases property value

Dormer Loft Conversions

Dormer Loft ConversionAnother popular type of loft conversion that is possible to design and implement are dormer loft conversions. Certain property types are more ideal than others for this type of conversion such as semi-detached and terraced properties. The flat roof dormer is arguably one of the most commonly installed types of dormer which provides a simple structure that can be added to the rear and/or the front of the loft. With dormer loft conversions, a box shaped structure is added onto a pitched roof with the main benefit being that it helps to expand both headroom space and also floorspace too.


  • Creates lots of headroom
  • Creates lots of floorspace
  • Increases property value

Hip To Gable Loft Conversions

Hip to Gable Loft Conversion Hip To Gable loft conversions are the ideal type of loft conversion for those properties with hipped roofs. If your property's hipped roof shrinks to usable floor areas and restricts potential space, Hip to Gable loft conversions are a fantastic solution to create additional space within your attic or loft area. This type of loft conversion is commonly performed on semi-detached properties and generally takes anywhere between 5-6 weeks to fully complete. Here, the hip will be extended up vertically from the ridgeline to create a gable.


  • Maximises floor space
  • Maximises head height
  • Increases property value

How Much Do Loft Conversions Cost

It won't come as a surprise to you that the costs of loft conversions can vary from and largely depend on the type of loft conversion that is most suitable to what you're trying to achieve and also your property type.

Velux - As a rough ballpark figure, Velux loft conversions will cost upwards of £25,000. This includes the design process, involvement of architects and installations of Velux windows.

Dormer - The average price of a Dormer loft conversion may be anywhere between £40,000 - £50,000 on average. Of course, this is an average figure and your quotation will be based on the specifics of your project.

Hip To Gable - The average cost of a Hip to Gable loft conversion in the UK is around £47,000 and is generally the most expensive of the three as this type of loft conversion typically requires a lot more construction work.

Creative Ideas For Loft Conversions

Loft The great thing about loft conversions is that you can get really creative in the design process and you're basically working with a blank canvas. Current attic space can be fully transformed into additional bedrooms, efficient storage spaces, games rooms and much more. Here are some further creative ''out of the box'' ideas that you may have not previously considered for your attic space;-

Chill-Out Zone - In the busy modern-day world, how would you like your own relaxing place in your property to get out of the way and take some time for yourself away from the rest of the world? Chill-out zones are becoming more and more popular. Imagine this, a bathtub fully installed in your attic space and LED lights installed to create a magical place to wind down.

Incorporate opening doors and Juliet Balcony - Another very popular idea for loft conversions is to incorporate a stunning glass Juliet balcony. Installing a Juliet balcony is one great way to inject more light into the room and also to allow more ventilation throughout the summer months. A Juliet balcony is also a great way to set your property apart and further increase property value.

Create a Multi-Purpose Room - If you're looking to get extra efficiency with your attic space it makes sense to consider a multi-purpose room? Instead of just making your attic space into one particular room, loft conversions can be designed for multi-purpose function. For example, synergising a study room and bedroom would be a perfect idea.

Clever Storage Solutions - Another great idea for your attic space is to create and incorporate clever storage solutions that don't get in the way. Everyone has clutter and possessions that need to be kept safe and tidy. A great idea in regard to how this can be done is by using a small nook under the eaves to carve out a dressing area.

Key Elements To Consider

Loft staircase When considering your loft conversion, it's important to consider key features and to envision how you want it to look internally as well as externally. One key consideration is of course the stairs and considering how they will link up with the rest of the house. Practicality should be carefully considered with a loft conversion, as well as the aesthetics and visual appearance.

Considering heating and air conditioning is also key. If your attic space and roof is not currently insulated then this will be fully solved during the conversion process. It's an essential element that is done professionally and according to the latest regulations. Once this is done, you will find that your loft is the warmest room in your house as heat naturally rises and stays ‘locked in’. Storage is also a key element to consider. Storage solutions and areas can be specifically designed to suit your storage needs.

Are Planning Permissions Required?

In many cases, you are able to go ahead with a loft conversion without applying for planning permission. However, there are so many ever-changing rules and regulations that need to be complied with so you can never be too careful. The architect that is carrying out the plans and design will undertake this for you and submit an application for review once the design of the loft conversion is agreed by all parties involved.

How Apex Loft Conversions Can Help

Apex Loft Conversions truly hope that we have answered all of your loft conversion questions and made everything that little bit clearer for you. There are so many amazing possibilities with loft conversions and creative ideas to consider. Apex Loft Conversions have decades of experience and can carry out the full loft conversion process from start to finish. If you're looking to discuss your requirements for your own loft conversion, get in touch with us today on 01707 658 604.