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Why “Conversions” is the Buzz word of 2012

Conversions will be definitely the buzz word of 2012 – we’re only into March but I am making a bold statement here. You heard it here first and this is why….

Loft Conversions – make sense. They add value and allow families to grow and allow opportunities to be realised (a working from home room) As working patterns alter with the way people do business – a conversion will allow people to start realising potential of jobs and lives will be changed.

Conversions is also a buzz word from a online business perspective. Everyone is looking to convert whether it be – convert a click on a website to a sale, convert a lead into a contract, convert a speculative job application to a career, convert a like to a love, convert a blog post to a chapter, convert a dream into reality. Conversions will bring smiles to peoples faces, they will start helping people realise the rewards in life.

Loft Conversions should be considered asap as more people begin to realise the name of the game is to convert lofts… that’s it for tonight as I need an early night but thought I’d just put this thought in people mind as they begin to think what will they convert in 2012.

 

The “Hidden” Room | Loft Conversion

Answer :  Loft Conversion

Now you may have wondered where this “hidden” room is… For many it can be seen as the “MASTER BEDROOM”. It is not surprising over the years how many people have said to me they never knew they could make such a big room out of the space in their loft. For many lofts are used to store old school books, cds/vinyls, kids toys, old carpet, files and folders. It is where people have their most treasured memories. It is the most undervalued room in the house.

Some people put off having loft conversions completed because of just thinking and thinking and thinking of the sheer size of the job and upheaval it may cause. Some consider making the improvement when they want to move! This is a great move as it does add value but why not have it done sooner and enjoy the room itself.  A loft  in most occasions can be converted in most cases within 5 weeks. The vast majority, 98% carry on living in their home whilst the conversion is being completed. It is an exciting time for all in the family for those considering a loft conversion. In 2012, the UK housing market has somewhat stalled – London keeps attracting young professionals and families looking to build a nest egg and seems also to be loft conversion capital. Many loft conversion companies are concentrating on London, loft conversions london are in high demand … strong housing demand, resilient house prices and London pay packets mean loft conversions are definitely to be considered.

So if your still wondering where is this room? Its called ‘the loft’ – go on convert lofts and we’ll no longer have a housing shortage. You can even then have the “in laws” staying over (well OK lets not push it!)

Dormer Loft Conversions

A dormer is the most common type of loft conversion seen in the UK. It can be described as being basically a “box” on your roof or more correctly put as being “a structural element of a building that protrudes from the plane of a sloping roof surface” (courtesy of Wikipedia) Dormer loft conversions if built correctly can be done suited to the character of the property and take on the “feel” of the original house. Many loft converts have said they feel their best room is in the dormer conversion – many taking on having a bedroom / en-suite complete.

There are many types of dormer conversions that can be taken on, below I have tried to summarise the “dormer shopping list” available to those considering this type of loft conversion:

  • Gable fronted dormer: similar to a “dog kennel” I would say this is probably in most peoples eyes they “most common” loft conversion they can relate to.
  • Hipped roof dormer: the roof slopes back from front of structure to a point farther back, or, a dormer with a hip roof.
  • Flat roof dormer: the roof of the dormer is flat.
  • Shed dormer: A dormer (window) whose eave line is parallel to the main roof eave line. Shed dormers can provide more attic space and head room than gable dormers, but cannot be the same pitch as the main roof and may therefore require different roof sheeting. Often used in gable-roofed homes, a shed dormer has a single-planed roof, pitched at a shallower angle than the main roof.
  • Eyebrow or eyelid dormer “A low dormer on the slope of a roof. It has no sides, the roofing being carried over it in a wavy line.” The bottom of an eyebrow dormer is flat and the top is curved. This type of conversion is more popular for house in the suburbs and I saw fair few when on holiday recently in the US and Spain.
  • Link Dormer A large dormer that houses a chimney or joins one part of a roof to another.

Browse our gallery for a array of dormer loft conversions and discuss with your loft conversion specialist –

It is imperative that you research your loft conversion company diligently – take referrals and go see a completed loft. Loft conversions are not cheap and improperly constructed dormers are prone to leaks and give rise to expensive repairs.

Mansard Loft Conversion

What is a Mansard Loft Conversion?

So you may have heard a loft conversion specialist mention that you should consider a mansard conversion. Mansard loft conversions are popular in urban areas where older properties pre 1950s are prominent. London is a city where you will see alot of mansard conversions – they bring the added benefit of maximising the space in your loft and the ability to make use of all roof space. Generally when one considers a mansard conversion they opt for a flat room due to it being the most cost effective. We have found this type of loft conversion would be the preferred option from a planning perspective in sensitive areas and where original framework of the property is suited therefore keep in character with the property.

The conversion typically has a flat horizontal roof, with the back wall sloping inwards at an angle of 72 degrees. The majority of mansard loft conversions will require planning permission as you will be making a notable change to roof structure. Click on the mansard loft conversions below for a closer inspection.

Did you know…. Mansard Loft Conversions were named after a 17th-century French architect – Francois Mansart