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A dormer loft conversion is a structural extension which projects vertically from the plane of a sloping roof. By building a dormer onto an existing roof a cramped attic can be transformed into usable space thanks to the creation of additional headroom and floor space bathed in natural light from dormer windows.
The most popular type of dormer conversion in the UK is a simple flat roof dormer. As well as being the cheapest form of dormer to build, a flat roof dormer also offers the largest amount of additional internal space. A shed dormer also features a flat single planed roof, but sloped downwards at an angle shallower than the main roof. Often used on homes with a gable roof, a shed dormer usually requires different roof sheeting to that of the main roof.
A gable fronted dormer or “dog-house dormer” is a more attractive option which consists of a gable wall extension built up to the existing ridge line, and a new roof section built outwards to the new gable end.
Similarly a hipped roof dormer is an aesthetically pleasing option featuring three sloping
planes of a hipped roof converging at the ridge of the dormer.