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Scottish home renovations come in various forms and sizes. Your choices will be influenced by a number of variables, including your
budget, current property layout, and local government limitations. Loft conversions are a fantastic way to make use of unwanted space in
your home and add useful bedrooms or living space. Lofts were initially constructed to provide extra storage for homeowners. Lofts in
most older houses in Glasgow (from Victorian mansions to Lawrence-era semis & bungalows) are accessible through a hatch in the first-
floor ceiling before being renovated. Then a ladder may be used to get to it. In a historic home, there are many various sorts of loft
conversions you may do. Below, Luke Lloyd Builders go through some of the more popular choices with you.

Dormer addition

The most frequent kind of loft conversion in Scotland. This entails eliminating the property’s back pitch of the roof (generally the one
overlooking the garden). To open up the space and give it a regular ceiling height, a flat roof is constructed at a 90-degree angle to the
loft’s floor. If the ridgeline head height is too low, it may be raised by 10 to 40cm with local council permission. If you are unable to raise
the ridge line due to local council limitations, another alternative is to lower the ceiling on the first floor, thus raising the head height in the
loft. In most Victorian and Edwardian homes, ceiling height on the ground floor and first floor is substantial, thus cutting some height from
the first floor won’t be too apparent. In most instances, in addition to the rear dormer, we seek planning permission to add some Velux-
type windows to the front roof pitch. This allows light to pass through from both sides. You may include a Juliet balcony or some basic
windows to view your garden in the dormer addition.

L-shaped dormer

A l-shaped dormer addition is an option if your home already has a two-story outrigger. This includes the dormer addition mentioned
above, which stands on top of the original home. The outrigger is then covered with a second dormer. Because an outrigger is generally
thinner than the main part of the house, this dormer extension is usually smaller than the main outrigger. Many of our customers utilise
this space as a second bedroom, a study, or even a large bathroom for their master suite.

Under eaves storage

Eaves storage is often found in the front pitch of a home, when the head height is so low that it is no longer useful as a living space. This
section is separated from the main room by a wall, and a door is placed to allow access. If you choose an l-shaped dormer addition, you
may be able to make use of the area behind the rear dormer extension as well.


A mansard dormer is comparable to a dormer extension and may be used as a single or l-shaped dormer. The new extension’s walls are
slanted at an acute angle. From a planning standpoint, local governments find this to be more accommodating. You may be obliged to
employ this kind of loft conversion design if you live in a conservation area or on a property with significant architectural history.


These are tiny dormer extensions that extend from the pitched roof and often include a sash window or architectural rooflight. If your
council is serious about preserving architectural history, these may be the only options open to you.

Hip to gable

You may wish to consider a hip-to-gable roof addition if you have a detached, semi-detached, or end-of-terrace home. Only if you have a
pitched roof on two points of your roof line can you do this. Because you’re lifting the roof up in two locations to construct a whole new
level, a full hip to gable addition is a pretty large job. Because local authorities in the Greater Glasgow area are usually against changes to
the front elevation of a home, you may wish to explore dormer additions as an alternative.

For all popular types of loft conversions in Scotland call Luke Lloyd Builders for attic conversion in Greater Glasgow. Click here for information