16 Jan 2020

Opening up

Lofts are smaller than the other rooms in your house, so when planning your conversion you need to think carefully about how you can make the most out of your space, explains Grant Sneddon, Daylight Expert at VELUX.

This starts with your roof windows, as they not only add essential daylight that opens up the room, they also allow for ventilation, turning a previously dark and stuffy space into a comfortable and healthy room.

There are many types of roof windows available. Top-hung roof windows are ideally suited to loft conversions, where space can be at a premium, as they open outwards to create uninterrupted views and a feeling of extra space.

If you already have dormers in your loft, you might be surprised to know that roof windows work well alongside them. While dormers bring much-needed head height to your loft, roof windows can bring in twice as much natural light. So you can enjoy the feeling of more space and more daylight.

If you want a wow factor, CABRIO balconies are a popular choice, especially in self-builds. When closed, it looks like a standard roof window, but when opened, it creates a small balcony in the slope of the roof where you can stand and enjoy extra headroom and panoramic views.

For homes near highways, an airport or any other loud areas, choose enhanced noise reduction roof windows to help you get a perfect night’s sleep.

Consider the number and size of roof windows as this will have a huge impact on the look and feel of the space. By installing large or multiple roof windows, you will not only maximise the amount of daylight but also add a wow factor to your loft. We’d recommend that your glazing in the roof should take up an area equal to 15 to 20% of the room’s floor space to bring in the right amount of natural light.

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