Deciding whether to convert your loft into a liveable can be both daunting and exciting.
Luckily there are some key considerations that we can offer to help you decide whether a loft conversion is a plausible option for you, and, secondly, whether it’s the right option for you.
Let’s start first at looking whether a loft conversion is the right thing for your home.
Most people would agree that converting your loft space is only going to enhance your home, and perhaps even your quality of life at home.
You see, converting your loft can provide your home with so much more than just additional space.
There’s the additional privacy and independence offered by a potential new bedroom.
Loft conversions can afford you the opportunity to redesign all the other rooms in your house, leaving you with a new playroom to spend more time with the family or maybe a new home office allowing you to finally get that business set up that you’ve always wanted.
In order to create more space you do need to have some space.
The first thing that needs establishing is whether your roof has enough space to accommodate the conversion project you have in mind.
Your new bedroom, bathroom or office space won’t be of much value if your spend your time hunched over due to a low roof.
Where this is an issue, the roof may need to be altered significantly and so it’s vital that you seek professional advice as to what your options are. It’s also likely to mean additional planning permissions and building regulations are required.
So what about determining whether your loft can be converted?
Well, it really depends on each situation.
For example, where there exists a low head space loft to begin with, the options available would be to either extend/alter the roof, or lower the ceiling of the room below.
The latter is more a requirement for homes that are located within conservation areas as upward extension is often prohibited.
In recent times, building regulations have become slightly less strict.
The general rule of thumb for required ceiling height is 2.2 metres across the central part of the room for living rooms or bedrooms and 1.8-2 metres from floor to ceiling at the stop of the staircase.
If you fail to meet those conditions then an extension is likely to be required in order to comply with regulations.
The bottom line as with many complex projects and undertakings, is to seek professional advice.
Don’t forget that we’re always happy have a chat about the options that are available to you.
More often than not, people are surprised at the options available to them.
Arrange a free consultation with one of our experts and if you want to explore your options further we’ll be happy to supply you with a free survey and written quotation to help you step closer to your improved home.