If you are thinking about adding value and living space to your home, converting your loft is a great option. For one thing, our loft conversion company transform underused attic space into purpose-built, liveable rooms suitable for a wide range of purposes, such as home offices and en suite master bedrooms. For another thing, loft conversions increase the footprint of your property without having to sacrifice any valuable garden or patio space.
At Spectacular Lofts Ltd, our loft specialists carry out a variety of attic conversions in Crystal Palace, Dulwich and the nearby areas. So, whatever your needs and budget, we are confident you’ll find the right type of conversion for your property with us.
On this page, we focus on how a mansard conversion may be the perfect option for you.
Named after a French architect, François Mansart, who first came up with the initial concept in the 17th Century, this is a type of conversion that often requires a lot more construction work than dormer or even hip to gable attic conversions. It involves building a sort of extension across the entire plane of your existing roof structure in Crystal Palace, Dulwich or the surrounding areas.
Mansard loft conversions are only suitable for properties with pitched roofs. This is because they require converting one side of your roof slope into an almost vertical profile. Our loft specialists usually extend your roof structure at the rear of your property, raising the back wall to at least a 72-degree angle. We then build a roof section that slopes at a far shallower angle than the front side of your roof structure.
If you live in a semi-detached or terraced home in Crystal Palace or Dulwich, mansard conversions often require altering the party wall. You may, therefore, need your neighbour’s cooperation beforehand.
When building mansard loft conversions on detached houses, however, our loft conversion company generally raises the gable wall.
Some of the benefits of a mansard conversion include:
Unlike hip to gable attic conversions, they are suitable for detached, semi-detached and terraced houses
Many homeowners in Crystal Palace, Dulwich and the surrounding areas find them more aesthetically pleasing than other conversion types
They fully optimise your loft space, providing much more headroom than other conversion styles
They easily blend in with the existing style of your property
They often allow more light into the converted space than other conversion styles
However, unlike other conversion projects, mansard loft conversions almost always require planning permission.
In addition, if you live in a conservation area, for example, there may be certain restrictions on making significant alterations to the roof structure. In which case, you may need to consider a different style of conversion.