Making the Most of the Views from Your Attic
Before beginning any loft conversion, windows have to be a major consideration. This is not only because they will form part of your planning permission application or will be subject to Building Regulations but also because they will be key to your lifestyle plans for the attic room. As well as having an effect on light, your window positioning will be fundamental if you want to make the most of your views.
Skylight windowsThe most common windows to install, especially as planning permission is not always required, are roof lights. These follow the slope of the roof and open outwards. While they will bring light streaming into an attic space, however, they are unlikely to allow much of a landscape view unless you stand up and look out with the window open. Nevertheless, telescope enthusiasts looking for a good view of the sky at night will find skylights ideal.
Dormer windowsA much better solution for those seeking to bring day time views into their loft space will be the dormer window. This is built out from the roof in order to allow for a vertical rather than a sloping pane of glass. A dormer window can also increase space and head room. It is highly likely that planning permission will be required and it is at this stage that you must decide where best to position the window to capture the views.
The size of the window you are able to install is likely to depend on the area in which you live. If precedents have been set and similar properties have incorporated large dormers with long panes then it is worth attempting to do the same. Equally, if you live in a rural location and your window does not overlook neighbouring properties then why not attempt the largest possible window to allow a fabulous panorama? If, however, you are an urban dweller, possibly in a conservation area, you may well be severely restricted in the length and height of your dormer.