Dormer loft conversions can add a ton of extra space and value to your home. There are lots of different types and design options to fit exactly what you’re looking for, whether you want to add a new bathroom, a home gym, or an additional bedroom. L-shaped conversions create the most amount of space by using two dormers and connecting them in the corner. You can use these L-shaped dormers to create a space that replicates the configuration of your first floor, and the options for this new space are endless.
If you’re considering adding an L-shaped loft conversion to your home, here is everything you need to know:
How do you know if your property is suitable for an L-shaped loft conversion?
The more roof space you have to build over, the more likely that your home will be suitable for an L-shaped loft conversion. To build a dormer-box type structure that fits the L-shape, you will need to have a rear extension on your home. A traditional Victorian terraced property would suit this type of loft conversion the best, as they often have additions at the back of the property.
What are the benefits of an L-shaped loft conversion?
The most considerable benefit of adding an L-shaped loft conversion to your home is the space. Of all the dormer options, L-shaped will provide you with the most additional room, making it extremely flexible. Also, it offers a lot of versatility in terms of function since they are often built over the ground floor kitchen or bathroom. What that means is that you can easily use the loft conversion for an extra bathroom, or shower room by tapping into the existing plumbing. They can also make the perfect spot for an additional bedroom with an en suite.
If your home is limited on outdoor garden space, then you likely don’t want to lose that with a ground floor extension. An L-shaped loft conversion can provide you with the extra room that you need in your home without touching the valuable garden space.
Do you need planning permission for an L-shaped loft conversion?
Most dormer loft conversions won’t need the permissions since they will typically fall within the standard size. That said, local authority planning policies will vary based on your location, so it’s important to always check what permissions you need with your local planning office.
Many factors determine what permissions are needed. These include if you live in a conservation area or the direction that your dormer will be facing. Regardless, you’ll need to stick to building regulations and also ensure that you obtain a certificate of compliance once you finish building.
How long does it take to build an L-shaped loft conversion?
The company that you choose for your build, and how many workers they have on the job will dictate how long it will take to complete the L-shaped loft conversion. These types of dormers typically take a bit longer because there are multiple rooms involved, but should take, at the maximum, about 12 weeks to finish.