A dormer is a timber structural extension, often hung in tile or slate, which projects vertically from the plane of a sloping roof. It usually protrudes from the rear roof slope of a house.
Dormer loft conversions are a popular option for London homeowners that are in need of a lot of additional space because they provide a large floor area and a good head-height is able to be achieved in the majority of the new room or rooms. Large dormer windows also let a large quantity of natural light permeate the new space, which results in a bright and airy loft space that looks even larger and more spacious than it actually is.
With dormer loft conversions, most of the construction work is conducted externally using scaffolding at the front and rear of your house. What this means is that disruption to the rest of your home is able to be minimised so that, in the majority of cases, you can stay put over the course of the building work.
Dormer loft conversions are generally faster to build than other types of loft conversions, making them an appealing option for homeowners who have a tight deadline, for example the arrival of a baby. They can also be less expensive to build than other types of loft conversions. This is dependent on a number of factors, for example the type of property you have, the age of your property, the existing roof layout of your property, local authority development plans and your own personal tastes, styles and requirements.
Provided that you do not have any existing extensions and meet certain other criteria, planning permission is generally not required for a dormer loft conversion. If you do happen to need planning permission, however, we will draw on our extensive experience and knowledge of London’s planning departments and guide you through the planning process to obtain the necessary permissions.
Our design consultants would be pleased to discuss your individual requirements with you and establish which type of loft conversion would be most suitable for your home.