There are a lot of seemingly complicated steps to getting your loft converted, so knowing where to start can feel daunting, but speaking to a professional architect can help! Fear not as we are here to help make the process feel easier to manage. In this guide, we’ll explain the key stages of a loft conversion and tell what you need to consider each step of the way.
Before you do anything, you must make sure that your house is actually suitable for a loft conversion. Most homes come with Permitted Development requirements, which give the owner a guideline of what they can and can’t do. If you are looking to go exceed the Permitted Development that is placed on the property you will need to get further information from your council or seek help from an architect. Before you go asking around, there are few checks you can make yourself. You can also check out this helpful guide on loft conversions.
Building regulations approval is required to convert a loft or attic into a livable space.
There isn’t just one type of loft conversion as you have probably gathered. There are four main types of loft conversion: roof light, dormer, hip-to-gable and mansard. The one you choose is likely to be determined by a number of factors, including the type and age of house you live in, and your budget. Flick through our gallery below to see examples of each type, and read on for more details on how they work, what types of houses they would suit and how costly they are.
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If there are one or more loft conversions that have been carried out on your street, it’s most likely that you will be able to do something similar. It may be worthwhile asking a neighbour to have a look at their’s to see what can be possible for your home.
Some roof shapes and forms lend themselves more readily to conversion than others. The key factors to assess are the roof shape, its internal height and width and the pitch, or angle of the roof.
When assessing the potential of your loft for conversion, measure the space where there is a clear headroom of 2.0-2.1m or more between the joists and rafters. Once the floor has been built up and the roof insulated, this will leave you with around 1.9-2.0m of headroom, which is the minimum practical ceiling height.
When planning a loft conversion, it may be worth having a plan of what changes are likely to be made the floor below. Have a look to see where the stairs could be placed. Even a well-designed staircase can take up a lot of space, so make sure you’re prepared to lose whichever part of the room below.