Before you set out on converting your loft you might want to consider everything which is involved in converting your loft. Through this step-by-step guide, we aim to help you decide whether converting your loft is right for your home. Before you decide whether to take on a loft conversion here are a few things you need to remember:
Can your house support a loft conversion?
You need to know that doing a loft conversion to your home will add extra weight to your foundation. The first thing you need to do is find out whether your home foundation will be able to support a loft conversion. A building contractor will be able to accurately assess your home to see if you can go ahead with your conversion.
Do you have enough headroom?
For a successful loft conversion, you need to make sure that you have enough headroom in your roof. On average you will need 2.2m or more for a loft conversion. It is also important to remember that you will need enough space downstairs to accommodate a new staircase.
Do building regulations allow for the conversion?
You might want to pop down to your local building office to see if you need any additional permission to do a loft conversion. Staff at your building office will also advise you whether you need to alter your building plans in any way. If you need to change your building plans you might want to consider getting an architect involved to help you.
Will you need to alter your roof?
If you do not have enough headroom in your roof for a loft conversion you can always opt to alter your roof to accommodate your conversion. This option will cost you more money but you will have the option to renovate your loft the way you see fit. Altering your roof will also allow you to add in additional supports to allow for a stronger and far larger conversion.
Have you considered the stairs?
Stairs are the more tricky part of converting your loft. You need to decide whether you want to have spiral or straight stairs. Then you also need to consider which will be the most practical for your needs. If you plan to move furniture up and down your loft then spiral stairs will be inconvenient. You also need to see if you have enough space downstairs to accommodate your staircase and see where they would be placed.
Where will your windows go?
If you are planning to make use of a roof light then you need to know that there will be very few structural changes to your roof. But, if you are planning to fit windows which will open to allow for fresh air you will need to be sure your roof can handle the structural changes.
Will you need insulation?
If you are going to be using your loft space regularly you will need to consider insulating the area both against noise and weather elements. To reduce the noise levels in your loft you will want to insulate the floors and roof. To make sure you are protected from the elements you will need to include temperature insulation in the walls as well as the flooring.