Loft conversion

Loft space could be better utilised from an empty storage space to a functional room which can vary in usage from master bedroom to kids playroom to an extra bedroom with storage cupboards, offices and guest quarters to entertainment centre the possibilities are endless and for this reason is considered to be the most popular form of home improvement rather then moving to a bigger house. Loft conversions are a relatively quick and inexpensive way to add living space to your home and increase its value.

The installation of a loft conversion is a complicated process, and whilst it may be possible to attempt a ‘DIY’ loft conversion, the large amount of work involved often results in many people choosing to contract a specialist loft conversion company to undertake the task.

Due to the slope of the roof and the required access headroom, the feasibility of a loft conversion is dependant upon a minimum height of approximately 2.3 m measured from the joist to the apex, 2.3m headroom is required to allow for enough headroom and 2.1m headroom is required above the stairs providing that this requirement is met most properties will likely possess the potential to have the loft space converted.

An architect may be required to submit drawings for local authority approval to see what could be achieved, the drawings also contain structural works which may be required to carry extra weight onto existing structure walls.

External part of loft needs to blend locally with external materials used , if external part of existing house is rendered then the new build needs to match with that, sometimes roof tiles are used and this also needs to match existing roof coverings as well as facias, soffits, gutters and downpipes.

All works are carried out as per approved drawings and at certain stage of build, works are inspected and certified by building control prior to moving to next stage as some structural works are critical to the whole build its in our interest that works are inspected at each stage.

Access to loft conversion needs to be practical so a new made-to measure staircase needs to be made and slotted into space, important things to consider is that its made to conform to current regulations, handrail and balustrade can also be incorporated to match lower level staircase or upgraded throughout clients requirement and input are important at this stage.

All electrical & mechanical services needs to be extended from lower floor to service new loft floor , mechanical services can be extended from existing central heating system to heat up new floor and electrics needs to be extended from fuse-box and labelled accordingly, other services which may be required are t.v. points and telephone points depending on usage useful for offices or bedroom.

Internal finishes that needs to be considered are wall and floor coverings which can range from wallpapers to paint and wooden flooring to carpet coverings, electrical sockets and other services can also vary from white finishes to different metal finishes.