M is for… mansard roof

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How fast is this A to Z guide going? We’re already up to the letter ‘m’! When you’re considering the prospect of converting your loft, you’ll need to find out what type of roof you have. The type of roof your current home has will determine the building regulations regarding loft conversions. That’s why today we’re focusing on mansard roofs. We’ll be taking a look at the building regulations concerning mansard roof loft conversions as well as giving you some DIY tips.

Mansard conversion
If your home currently has a mansard roof and you wish to convert your loft, your existing roof will need to be replaced. In its place the construction team will effectively build another storey on top of your house, topped off with an almost flat roof.

Advantages of mansard conversions
The benefit of having a mansard conversion is that you’ll be left with a large loft that spans the width and length of the house. This type of conversion is fantastic if you’re in major need of extra space at home, or for example if your grown-up son or daughter decides to move back home after finishing university. The sheer size of this new room will be able to accommodate more than simply a bed and a wardrobe – you may find that you want to build an en-suite shower room and a bedroom/living area in one, allowing your child to have their own private space.

Building regulations
As there will be large changes made to the shape of the roof in a mansard loft conversion, this type of work will almost certainly require planning permission. Without obtaining planning permission, you will not be able to make the changes to your home. If you’re unsure about how to fill out the form, ask the loft designer to help you with the more technical vocabulary. Once you’ve received planning permission then you will be free to start work on your home.

Converting your loft not only provides you with extra internal space. Unlike most extensions, it doesn’t have any effect on your outdoor space, so you’ll still keep all of your garden. What’s more, you’ll increase the value of your home by up to 20 per cent which will more than cover the cost of the work.

For design inspiration, check out our gallery of previous work – you may also like to read our client testimonials which detail why we’re the best for the job.

For more information or to book your FREE estimate, contact Econoloft today on FREEPHONE 0800269765 or fill in a call back form and we will contact you when it’s convenient.

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15.07.2013 No Comments

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