Loft Conversions

Loft Conversion In Essex

We can all think of a great use for an extra room in our homes. Maybe you have a growing family and need an extra bedroom or somewhere for the kids to play in. You could be starting a business and need an office at home, even a spare room for guests. Is your loft space being wasted by storing junk and empty boxes? Put your loft to better use with a loft conversion from Add A Room that will add value to your home and give you the space you need.

An Add A Room stylish loft conversion is a cost effective way to increase the available space in your home without extending into the garden – with the added benefit of significantly enhancing it’s overall value. 8 out of 10 loft conversions do not require planning permission. For more information about a loft conversion in Essex why not get in touch today?

We offer many type of conversions from Dormer to Hip to Gable, our experts will advise you on the best approach to converting your loft to maximise the space available. Adding that extra bedroom and en-suite to your home can add anything from 15-20% on the value.

If you’re looking for a Loft Conversion in Essex your in safe hands with Add A Room, our customer testimonials speak for themselves, read more about our happy customers or visit our gallery to see some of our work.

Types of Loft Conversions


A traditional style of semi-detached property will often be constructed with a hipped roof ie. The roof slopes to the front, rear and side. The roof will be adapted and the existing side wall of the property extended up to form a new gable wall. Maximum use of space will be gained by the addition of a rear facing dormer. This type of project, subject to it’s size and any site specific factors, will generally be permitted development.

Hip[-to-gable oft Conversion

Dormer conversions and dormer types

Dormers generally fall within permitted development if sited to the side or rear of a dwelling, front facing dormers will require planning consent, and local authority guidelines will usually encourage these to be pitched roof style, as it is considered softer to the street scene.

Different styles of dormers:

Flat roof dormer –the most common way of creating more space with a large wide dormer, normally to the rear/side with a flat roof.

Gable fronted, pitched roof dormer – which are smaller sized dormers with pitched roofs.

Hipped roof, pitched roof dormer – which are smaller sized dormers with pitched roofs.

Crown roofed dormer – as a flat roof dormer but more pleasing to the eye, however you do lose a little more headroom.

A dormer loft conversion is an extension to the existing roof, which projects vertically from a sloping roof, creating additional floor space and headroom within the building. Internally, a dormer has vertical walls and a horizontal ceiling, compared to the normal slanted sides of a loft conversion. The most common type of loft conversion is a dormer conversion, flat roof dormers are more than likely to add the maximum amount of additional space.
Gable fronted and hipped pitched roof dormers are the most attractive loft conversions when being viewed from the outside although they do not offer as much internal space as a large flat roof dormer.

In-line roof windows (Velux only Conversion)

The simplest conversion without changing the shape of your roof, this is known as a Velux or roof light conversion. These can almost always be added as permitted development, because the nett volume of the loft area is not being increased.

Mansard roof

A mansard roof is designed with a dual pitch, ie. Steep sloping roof slopes traditionally finished with hanging tiles, and a more standard pitched roof above. The advantage of a mansard roof is that the floor space gained will be maximised, however this type of project generally involves the raising of the ridge on the property and therefore would require planning permission.

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