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Loft extension Jargon explained with DMB Solutions.

A loft conversion is our most popular form of house renovation and it proves a good option if you are wanting to increase the space in your home without eating into your garden. A loft conversion or extension involves building a new room/rooms in the existing space in your loft. Most commonly these are used for bedrooms and studies often with a shower room.


A Roof Light Conversion – This is often the most economic option for most people as it involves few alterations to the roof of your property other than the installation of velux windows/roof lights. This is perfect if you are looking to turn your place into a study or cosy bedroom like this loft conversion in Brighton we recently covered.


Hip to Gable Extension – this form of extension is an excellent way to easily maximise loft space by maximising internal head height within a hipped roof. A hipped roof has three sloped sides as opposed to a gable roof where the sidewalls continue up into a triangle and connect to the roof.


Dormer Extension – A dormer extension can come in many forms ranging from a full dormer extension to a singular window extension and can be built on the rear or side of the property. This is our most popular form of roof extension as it stretches space to the fullest. The roof is extended outwards, seemingly at a perfect right angle but with a slight slope for rainfall. You can view the process of a dormer loft conversion by reading an old post we made on a loft conversion in Hove here.


Mansard Extension – A mansard extension is similar to a dormer extension but can be an alternative if planning permission proved difficult. This form of loft extension has square, vertical sides, with a sloped facing side that eases the bottom in. This is normally angled between 70 and 74 degrees, which creates a slightly softer look than a dormer extension. 





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