Loft Conversions

RealBuild Loft Conversions Services

In some properties it can be very difficult and expensive to add an extension in order to create more living space. A great alternative place to find more living space, which is often overlooked is in the loft area of the property. Realbuild can help you utilise this loft space by building a loft conversion designed to meet your specific needs and at a cost far less than you may think. We provide you with all help and guidance you need to make the correct decisions in terms of planning, design, materials, plumbing and room layouts.

Our experienced team of Brighton based skilled professionals can create the perfect loft conversion, transforming your loft space into new and useful living area.

As a part of our service we will always make structural checks to make sure your property is suitable for a loft conversion. After which we will provide you with an estimate of costs outlining every aspect of the build.

If your are considering having a Loft Conversion in Brighton, Sussex or surrounding areas, please contact us via our contact page Here or call us onĀ 0800 028 8388 to arrange a free, no obligation meeting to see how we can improve your home with a loft conversion from Realbuild Ltd.


Types of Loft Conversions

If you are considering a loft conversion, it is important to understand the different options and types available and which type will suit your home and best utilise your loft space. There are four main types of loft conversions, Velux Conversions, Dormer Conversions, Mansard Conversions and Hip to Gable Conversions. There are many aspects you will need to take into consideration before making any decisions such as, the style of your existing roof, it’s height, floor space available, time frames and budget, your design preferences and planning.


Velux Conversions

Velux Conversions, otherwise known as Roof Light Conversions are basically the same. Velux are the leading manufacturer of roof windows in the UK and have been for the past 50 years. With this type of conversion the roof line stays unaltered and the Velux windows are installed flush to the roof line. Adding a Velux Conversion to your home is a very cost effective way of converting a loft space and usually no planning permission is necessary.


Dormer Conversions

A dormer loft conversion is an extension to the existing roof. It protudes vertically from the sloping roof, creating more floor space and maximizing headroom. A Flat Roof dormer conversion has vertical walls and a horizontal roof and is probably the most common type in the Brighton area and throughout the UK. Although this type is not the most attractive externally it does provide you with the maximum amount of additional living space. An alternative to the more common Flat Roof Dormer is to have a Gable Fronted or Hipped Roof Dormer which do look more attractive from the outside but offer slightly less internal space. In many cases you are allowed to carry out the necessary building work without needing planning permission, although you will need to check this as sometimes planning is required.


Hip to Gable Conversions

Most properties which have Hip Roofs do not tend to have enough space inside for a worthwhile loft conversion, so having a Hip to Gable Conversion is the best solution. Having a Hip to Gable will mean having major structural changes to the existing roof. The Gable wall is built up the ridgline, a new section is then built filling the gap, this type of conversion will change the sloping side of the property from a Hipped Side to a Gable End, this will create a much larger loft space and usually creates that much needed extra space for a staircase. This type of conversion however does change the outline of the roof so you will more than likely need planning permission.


Mansard Loft Conversions

Mansard Loft Conversions are constructed at the rear of a property, they have a flat roof with a back wall sloping at 72 degrees with windows in small protuding dormers. Mansard Loft Conversion will almost certainly require planning permission due the changes in the roofs structure. This type was originally named after the a French Architect, named Francois Mansart.





For Loft Conversions Brighton, Sussex and Surrounding Areas
call Realbuild Ltd on 0800 028 8388