At Taylor’d Loft Conversions, we aim to create a loft space that is unique and use of the space effectively.
In this blog, we would like to share a few things to consider when planning a loft conversion.
1. Head height
Before you consider a loft conversion, you’ll need to measure the distance between the floor and ceiling. The height needs to be no higher than 2.2m. If you have a small loft, you’ll need to consider lowering the floor or changing the roof, which will be more costly.
2. Building Regulations
There are a number of building regulations you need to consider with loft conversions. For example, you need to ensure that there is a fire resistant door to the staircase and you may need to replace the ceiling and doors on the floor below in order to make them fireproof.
Another point to consider is whether your property is in a conservation area. This will affect the work you are able to carry out, and you may need to apply for planning permission.
Once you have a plan for the loft loft, you need to consider where the new staircase will be placed. You need to ensure there is enough headroom for the staircase. Make sure the new stairs blends in with the property to avoid looking like an add on.
4. Is your house strong enough?
Adding an extra space will definitely add weight to your property. Therefore, it is vital for to make sure that the structure of the building can handle it.
5. Insulating your loft
Loft floors should have at least 270mm of insulation . You could use loft roll (blanket insulation) to cover on top of an existing insulation. If you want to be able to walk around your loft, you’ll need to lay down polystyrene board insulation on top of the joists and secure chipboard loft boards on top of this.
We hope this blog post was useful. If we have missed out anything, please leave us a comment below.