Loft conversions are a great way to make use of unused space in your home. But can any loft be converted? There are some contingencies in play that determine whether a loft can be transformed into a usable living area. Let’s explore.
The first factor to consider is headroom. Most regulations for loft conversions require you to have a minimum of 2.2 metres of headroom from the finished floor level in order for it to be considered comfortable. If your ceiling height is less than this, it may still be possible to convert your loft, depending on the work that needs to be done.
Next, you need to consider the floor space. This will depend on how many rooms the loft conversion will require and where the staircase and landing area will go. Generally, any space that is over 20 metres2 can be converted with relative ease.
You must also take building regulations into account when contemplating a loft conversion. Building regulations are in place to ensure the safety of people and property, so it’s important that you consider any potential risks before you start your project. Your local council should be able to advise you on what is required for a loft conversion.
Age of House
A lot of older properties present obstacles like chimneys and water tanks that can require additional work and cost. Oftentimes, these items have to be worked around, and your loft conversion made to accommodate them, so keep this in mind before you proceed.
Fire Safety Compliance
Finally, any loft conversion must comply with fire safety regulations. If you live in a house with more than one storey, fire safety becomes a bigger issue. It is therefore vital that you work with an experienced company to ensure that your loft conversion meets all fire safety requirements.
So while not every loft can be converted, the majority can be transformed into usable living space with some careful consideration and a few tweaks along the way.
A reputable loft conversion company like Taylor’d Lofts can help you to decide if a loft conversion is possible for your property and guide you through the process. Contact us today to learn more.