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.
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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.