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What Are the Different Types of Bungalow Loft Conversions?

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A traditional bungalow generally does not feature an upper floor, though many will havea loft space that is used for storage. This space can be converted into a living space, though specific bungalow loft conversions will vary by the specific design of the home. Some bungalow loft conversions are in-depth enough to create a kitchen or bathroom, while others are simpler and allow the space to be used as an office, entertainment room, or bedroom. The best conversion will depend on the size of the loft, the design, and the access to the space.

Bungalow loft conversions may take advantage of a dormer window in the loft space, for example. This space will allow for more headroom and better natural lighting. The entire room may be planned around this dormer window, as it is likely to be the central feature of the space. A bedroom in this space is common, since natural light is available and more headroom is likely. In some cases, a builder may even be willing to add a dormer window to the home in order to make such bungalow loft conversions. This is a more in-depth project, since the roof of the structure will need to be altered, leaving a temporary hole in the roof.

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A pitched roof bungalow may benefit from various bungalow loft conversions that take advantage of skylights. These skylights will be installed directly into the roof of the home, allowing for natural light and better ventilation of the space if the skylights are designed to be opened and closed regularly. Such skylights can be added without intense construction projects, though alteration of the roof will be necessary and the process can drive up the cost of the conversion. This conversion is most beneficial for loft spaces with plenty of existing headroom.

Of course, the entire roof of a bungalow can be altered to increase the amount of usable space in the loft, but this is by far the most expensive and intensive option. The entire roof of the structure may need to be removed to do such bungalow loft conversions, which means appropriate building permits will need to be applied for. The owners of the home may need to vacate the property while the construction process takes place as well. A hipped roof, for example, may be replaced with a gabled roof to increase the amount of usable space within the loft.

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