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Pitched Roof Dormer Loft Conversions

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    Pitched dormer loft extensions are an ideal option if you’re looking to acquire additional space in your property. Among other loft conversion types, a pitched dormer loft conversion is known to be more aesthetically pleasing. With the additional living space, you also get to significantly improve the value of your property. However, there are several things you need to consider before deciding to have such an extension.

    What is a pitched dormer loft conversion

    This basically refers to a dormer extension with a pitched roof matching the existing roof. They are normally constructed in pairs and can be placed at any side of the property although most people prefer it the at the front side.

    The good thing with a dormer loft conversion is that you can always add other features like the Velux windows which will ensure that you have adequate lighting in the room. You need to consider choosing the right dormer cladding options because the new dormer loft conversion should be the same as the existing roof structure.

    Is my home suitable for a pitched dormer conversion

    another design of pitched dormer

    There are different loft conversion design ideas that suit different property types. Before embarking on a pitched dormer conversion, you need to ensure that your home is suitable for such. Pitched dormer loft conversions are best suited for most properties, especially those with a pitched roof. You can always consult with your contractor to know the best option for you.

    Do I need planning permission for a pitched dormer

    pitched dormer roof sketch

    Before commencing any construction project, whether it’s a pitched or box dormer loft conversion, it’s advisable to consult with your local planning authorities to determine whether you’ll require any planning permission.

    If the project falls under permitted development rights, then this will not be necessary. However, some of the circumstances when you’ll need planning permission for your dormer conversion include the following:

    • If your property is situated in a conservation area.
    • If the height of your dormer conversion exceeds that of the existing roof.
    • If you’re planning to use different materials from the ones used in the existing structure.
    • In situations where there are any bats residing in your loft.
    • If your neighbour is likely to be affected by either overshadowing or overlooking.

    If say you’re building a side dormer loft conversion that will most likely impact a shared wall between you and your neighbours, then you might need a party wall agreement.

    Adhering to the local planning authority’s requirements ensures that you avoid getting into any legal trouble while your project is underway. This will also ensure that you get a quality design for your project.

    Pitched dormer conversions and building regulations

    roof designed pitched dormer

    Building regulations ensure that the house being built adheres to the fire and safety requirements. Therefore, it’s advisable to get building control approval before embarking on the construction of your pitched dormer. Having your house built in a haphazard manner could end up costing you more in the long run.

    Why should I get a pitched dormer extension

    Just like any other type of extension, there are several reasons why you should have a pitched dormer on your property. These are:

    • If you’re looking to acquire additional space to accommodate your growing family or cater to some of your space needs. You can decide to have either a master bedroom, playroom, or even a home office depending on what you need.
    • When you want to improve the aesthetic appeal of your home.
    • If you want to improve the value of your property.
    • If you’re looking to have a modern loft in your property.

    From the above, we can see that there are several important things to consider if you want to have a pitched dormer as your new addition. It’s an ideal way of acquiring more usable roof space but for your project to be a success, you need to ensure that you adhere to any legal requirements that may be applicable.