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Which Loft Conversion Is Right For Me? Pt 1: Velux Conversions

Velux Loft Conversion: A Comprehensive Guide

Loft conversions have become a popular way to maximize living space and add value to homes. Among the various types of loft conversions, the Velux loft conversion stands out for its simplicity, cost-effectiveness, and minimal disruption. In this blog, we'll delve into what a Velux loft conversion is, how it's constructed, and the numerous benefits it offers.

What is an Econoloft Velux Loft Conversion?

A Velux loft conversion is named after the renowned manufacturer of roof windows, but other brands are available, and this type of loft conversion is also known as a rooflight or skylight conversion. It involves transforming an attic or loft space by adding the Velux windows to create a bright, usable room. Unlike other types of loft conversions, such as dormer or mansard, a Velux loft conversion does not alter the roof's structure. Instead, it leverages the existing roofline, making it a more straightforward and less invasive option.

How do Econoloft build a Velux Loft Conversion

The construction of a Velux loft conversion involves several key steps:

  1.  Assessment and Planning of the Velux loft conversion

The vast majority of properties in Greater London and the Home Counties will be suitable for a Velux loft conversion. However, Econoloft will check the roof height, pitch, and overall structure to ensure we can build one in your home. If the highest point of the loft is at least 2.2 metres, we are good to go.

Most Velux loft conversions fall under permitted development rights and do not require planning permission. However, Econoloft experts will check with local authorities to ensure compliance with building regulations.

  1.  Design and Specification

The design phase involves planning the layout, including the placement of Velux windows, insulation, stairs, and any internal walls. Econoloft experts will work with you to think about how you want to use your room now and in the future.  Loft conversions are flexible spaces and will often change as your family situation changes. 

Econoloft work with Velux who offer a variety of window options, including different sizes, styles, and glazing options to match the specific needs of the conversion. Again, Econoloft experts will advise you where the place your new windows to maximise natural light and the usability of the room.

  1.  Structural Work

The existing ceiling joists may need reinforcement or additional support to carry the weight of the new room and will need to span between load-bearing walls. The majority are slightly raised above the existing ceiling plasterwork below and will run alongside the existing joists. Above window and door openings in the floors below, thicker timbers are used to bridge the opening, so the pressure is not put on the existing opening lintel and as this is crucial building work it is important to work with a reputable company like Econoloft who have been building loft conversions for 40 years.  We are members of several professional associations, and our work is guaranteed – giving you peace of mind.

Ensuring the right insulation is crucial for thermal efficiency and comfort. This involves installing insulation between and over the rafters. Ventilation systems are also installed to ensure adequate airflow and prevent condensation. Many people tell us that after having a loft conversion they notice a reduction in their heating bills due to enhanced insulation.

  1.  Installation of Velux Windows

Much of the build take place outside your home which means for the beginning of the project at least, you won’t have builder in your property.  Openings are made in the roof for the Velux windows to be installed and again, using a reputable company like Econoloft is crucial as this requires precise measurements and careful cutting to fit the windows properly.

The Velux windows are then fitted into the openings which also involves installing flashing kits to ensure the windows are watertight and secure.

5. Internal Finishing

The Econoloft team now move inside the house to install the stairs which will provide new access to the loft conversion. Electrical wiring and any plumbing required are installed along with any other fixtures and fittings.  Econoloft will also plasterboard and plaster the walls leaving you with a beautiful new space to add your own personality.

What are the benefits of an Econoloft Velux Loft Conversion?


A Velux loft conversion is one of the most affordable types of loft conversions. Since it does not require significant structural changes, the overall costs are lower. This makes it an excellent option for homeowners looking to enhance their living space without a substantial financial investment.

Minimal Disruption

The construction process for a Velux loft conversion is less invasive compared to other types of loft conversions. There’s no need for extensive scaffolding or significant structural alterations, which means less mess and disruption to your daily life.

Increased Natural Light

Velux windows are designed to maximise natural light, transforming dark and unused loft spaces into bright and airy rooms. This not only enhances the aesthetic appeal of the space but also contributes to a healthier living environment.

Enhanced Energy Efficiency

With proper insulation and high-quality Velux windows, a Velux loft conversion can significantly improve the thermal efficiency of your home. This can lead to reduced energy bills and a more comfortable living environment throughout the year.

Aesthetic Appeal

Velux windows come in a variety of styles and finishes, allowing you to choose options that complement the existing architecture of your home. They can add a modern and stylish touch to your property.

A Velux loft conversion is a practical and cost-effective way to expand your living space and enhance your home's value. By leveraging the existing roof structure and adding Velux windows, you can create a bright, comfortable, and versatile new room with minimal disruption and expense. Whether you're looking to add an extra bedroom, office space, or simply increase the natural light in your home, a Velux loft conversion is a worthy consideration.

Is an Econoloft Velux Loft Conversion right for me?

It is important to realise that a Velux loft conversion will not give you any additional head height or width within your loft — it will simply turn it into an additional habitable room. This option is usually suitable for those contemplating a smaller loft conversion such as a single bedroom or study where adequate height is available within the existing loft space. Roof lights can then be installed with a minimum of disruption.

One of the great things about working with Econoloft is that we offer a one-stop loft conversion shop, and we can work with you throughout the entire process.  There is no need to pay for additional professionals such as architects or designers – our experienced team has got you covered. We only build loft conversions!


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