Going up is a great way to add space and value to your property, especially when you choose an affordable Velux loft renovation. Also known as a ‘rooflight’ or ‘skylight’ conversion, it balances cost with practicality, and is a popular choice among homeowners.
Reasons to choose a Velux loft conversion
There are lots of benefits to this style over others, including the following:
Most cost-effective option
Planning permission usually isn’t needed
Low level of construction required
Velux loft considerations
While there are many good points to this type of upwards extension, it isn’t right for every building. It’s important to think about whether it’s the most suitable one for your house. Consider these factors:
Ceiling height: As you’re not increasing headroom by building out, start with ample space to move around in comfortably, without ducking/stooping.
Planning constraints: If you’re unlikely to get the go-ahead for a more substantial change to the structure, this is the way to go. If neighbours have been given the green light for a dormer etc. you might choose to go with a bigger project.
District: In a conservation/heritage zone, or flat? Permission might be required.
Window coverage: For adequate daylight levels, the glazed area should be at least 20% of the floor, so check this can be achieved.
Positioning: Facing south? You’ll get lots of sunshine, perfect for winter. Blackout blinds help prevent overheating in the summer.
Usage: Typically there’s only capability for one use, such as an office, bedroom or playroom. Want two bedrooms and a bathroom? You might prefer a different project.
Velux loft conversion cost
Cost is a major consideration when developing your house. Looking for the cheapest route to have an extra room? Then changing your attic this way is likely your top pick.
The final price depends on various things, such as:
Just need light and ventilation? It’ll be less expensive. Fancy smart fittings that automatically open/shut? You’ll pay a bit more. Live somewhere noisy? Insulation will help — at a higher price tag. You can also have a cabrio system to create a balcony.
Why choose Fittra for your Velux loft expansion
Fittra Construction can transform your attic to make the most of your home. Save the expense of moving by improving your existing property to gain everything you want. Here’s how we can help:
The work that Fittra did for me was a full house renovation – this did not include any new build or extension work but it did include moving a number of internal load bearing walls and extending external openings to install large sliding doors. The work was reasonably complex structurally as the upper floor is steel beam and concrete block construction. Externally all windows and doors were changed, guttering and fascias were changed and a new tiled deck constructed to give an outside/inside feel. Internally, walls were moved, new door openings created or widened to give a modern open plan look and feel.Read More
“Fittra completed a rear extension, loft conversion and full refurbishment of our house in Ealing late last year. This included new bathrooms, heating system (including underfloor heating), electrics and plumbing. When obtaining quotes, Fittra’s prices were in the middle of the three companies who came back to us with costs, but the fact that it was fully itemised (unlike the other costs we received) gave us piece of mind that we knew exactly what we were getting for our money. “Read More
“Can’t speak highly enough of Fittra and the job they did. They completed a rear extension, side return and loft extension and pretty much a full refurbishment of our house and garden in SW London. They not only did an incredible job, but they were also great to work with too. Vadym and Ivan’s team were incredibly efficient and hardworking and really amenable and collaborative. I have recommended them to a few friends subsequently, and will continue to do so.”
Team at Fittra possesses all the attributes necessary to be an excellent contractor: they know their market extremely well; they are diligent, responsive, and yet very understanding with their clients. They are very professional and offer cost saving alternatives when possible. The thing that has impressed me the most is the professionalism, knowledge and helpfulness of all the workers.
“We did our house fully renovation last year July 2019 – December 2019 with Fittra. We are very pleased with the results – our new kitchen (rear extension with lantern roof light), loft conversion, hardwood flooring, underfloor heating, tiling and etc.. Ivan and his team are truly professional. They finished the job with timely manner and customer satisfaction. Their breakdown quotes are easy to understand and easy to work with. We are highly recommended for Ivan, Igor and the team. Great job!!!”
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The client on this project is a designer and a project manager, so working together produced very unique and exciting results. Many of the refurbishment’s features were designed by the client, such as the artistic wallpaper and the bespoke joinery package, which was implemented by our experienced joiner. The client was inspired by certain ideas […]
The property was completely rebranded with organic and rustic designs, infiltrated with contemporary features. A full refurbishment, rear extension and L-shaped dormer transformed this house. All the natural light you can see in the rear extension is thanks to the floor-to-ceiling sliding doors and aluminium skylights. As for comfort, there are walk in showers, wet underfloor […]
This refurbishment project was absolutely thrilling to accomplish, with a solid team of interior designers and a delightful, intelligible client. Although the 1980s house was structurally complex, with heavy concrete planks in the original structure, as opposed to traditional wood, our team managed to support the existing structures and integrate new features to modernise the […]
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The client chose us for this Wandsworth property to complete a house renovation, an L-shape dormer loft conversion as well as a wraparound ground floor extension. Open plan kitchen was created to maximise the living space and modern design gave it a gorgeous look. Our team added new sky lights over the kitchen island to […]
We provided design, engineering, construction and project management on this exciting renovation in the London Borough of Wandsworth. The project consisted of a two-storey extension, a brand new, bespoke open plan kitchen; new windows throughout, a new bathroom, stairway, complete plumbing and electrical, and enhanced lighting throughout and a rear-facing bay window.
We completed this substantial and ambitious new build in march 2019. With a large rear garden and extensive parking, the home makes perfect use of its natural space. A bespoke kitchen, with direct access to the garden, is one of the home’s standout features, as are the luxury bathrooms. The first floor features three spacious […]
This project includes a spectacular kitchen installation with a new dining and living area, which is as modern as it is welcoming in its design. We paid close attention to the layout to achieve a spacious, crisp and immaculate area. During the heat of lockdown, the client expressed concerns over staying safe from COVID-19, so […]
The client decided on full renovation of this detached bungalow. Our team built a rear extension with lantern roof light and converted the attic into the living space. They also added 2 new bathrooms to the property, installed underfloor heating throughout the house, changed the entire plumbing and rewired all electric systems. During the final […]
We recently completed the full refurbishment of this stunning home in Acton, West London. The extensive project included a brand new open plan kitchen with natural light coming from a huge bespokely designed skylight. The project also included a new loft dormer, a completely new roof, two bathrooms, brand new electrics and a state-of-the-art […]
Most loft conversions are considered permitted development, which means you won't need to get planning permisson as long as the building work fits certain criteria.
Velux loft conversions are usually completed in less than four weeks since they are one of the simplest conversion types. Depending on the overall size and roof work requirements, a dormer loft conversion may take four to six weeks to complete.
Whereas a traditional dormer consists of a window and roof combination, the Velux dormer uses windows in place of the roof.