Our Guide to Velux Loft Conversions

Velux loft conversions are named after the famous brand of windows.

Velux loft conversions increase space, much like every other style of loft conversion.  However, the reason this particular style is so popular is down to ease of construction and a relatively low price point.

 

The structural engineering team at HLN Engineering Ltd, with years of loft conversion design experience, have done their best to condense their knowledge and expertise into a series of handy guides.  These are designed to help you make an informed decision on what type of loft conversion is best suited to your home or commercial property.

 

The 3rd blog of a 4-part series, this mini-guide discusses everything you need to know about Velux loft conversions.

 

What is a Velux Loft Conversion?

 

Named after the leading brand of loft windows, Velux loft conversions are created by installing Velux windows on either side of a sloped roof.

 

Prior to construction, it is vitally important that there is sufficient height in your attic or loft. Ideally, you will be able to stand up straight without banging your head!

 

It is worth mentioning that if your property has a hipped roof, you may want to consider a hip-to-gable loft conversion in the first instance, to further increase the amount space in your attic or loft.  Be sure to check out our upcoming blog ‘Our Guide to Hip-to-Gable Loft Conversions’ for more information.

 

If the thought of a Velux loft conversion appeals to you, we recommend that you call our structural engineering team to arrange a site or home visit. Our team will assess the height and width of the space, as-well as the condition of the roof, in order to provide you with an accurate quote for the level of work required.

 

How Much Do Velux Loft Conversions Cost?

 

The overall cost of a Velux loft conversion depends on a number of factors:

 

  • How many windows you require;
  • Window type (i.e. single or double glazed);
  • Window size;
  • The size or your attic or loft.

 

That said, as very little construction work is necessary, Velux loft conversions are relatively low cost when compared to other styles, such as mansard or hip-to-gable.

 

A Long-Term Investment…

 

If the costs start to add up, just remember: a Velux loft conversion is an investment.  As with any sort of house or building extension, a loft conversion will only serve to increase the value of your property, allowing you to re-coup the initial costs should you decide to sell your home further down the line.

 

How Can a Velux Loft Conversion Transform Your Home?

 

Velux loft conversions maximise natural light intake.

 

Simple to construct and cost effective, the mere addition of Velux windows will help transform your loft, opening up the space to a myriad of exciting possibilities.

 

Take a look at what previous clients have used their new living space for:

 

  • Bedroom – a handy spare room for visiting friends and family, perhaps;
  • Bathroom – when the bathroom on the bottom floor is just a bit too far away;
  • Office – a new private space with roof-top views (ideal for getting your work done);
  • Living room – that much wanted second (or ‘best’) living room;
  • Games room – why not provide the children with a fun room of their own?

 

Aside from providing you with an exciting new living space, Velux loft conversions also help improve ventilation and dramatically increase natural light intake.  Not only that, but the nature of this style of conversion, with its slanted windows, restricts visibility from the outside – great for privacy!

 

As the days draw out and the temperature rises, you can prevent sunlight from entering the room with black out blinds.  This final touch is highly recommended if you decide to convert the space into a bedroom and have trouble sleeping during the summer months.

 

 

Is Planning Permission Required?

 

Luckily, you will not need to apply for planning permission. Unlike Mansard and hip-to-gable loft conversions, substantial alterations to the roof are not required!

 

In fact, Velux loft conversions fall within the scope of permitted development.  However, planning permission may apply if your property is in a conservation or heritage site.

 

 

The Benefits of Velux Loft Conversions

 

With very few drawbacks, here are just a few of the benefits of opting for a Velux loft conversion:

 

  • Cheaper than other styles of loft conversion;
  • Fairly quick to construct;
  • Maximum light intake and increased ventilation;
  • Little disruption – small amount of construction work required;
  • The value of your home will increase;
  • Planning permission is not required

 

With so many benefits, it’s no wonder Velux loft conversions are a popular option for home owners.

 

 

If the idea of a Velux loft conversion appeals to you, contact HLN Engineering Ltd today on 020 8099 6388 or email us at mail@hlngroup.co.uk for an initial consultation.

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