Is my house appropriate for a loft conversion?
Conversion of your loft is ever well-liked way of adding space and value to your house.
In the UK this loft conversion tendency is on the top. Could your home be the next one to join this trend? Let’s do it with MR. ARCHITECTURE.
Types of roof
The conversion of loft space depends upon the existing loft structure of your house.
There are two major types of roof
- Traditional roof
- Before 1965 that traditional roof was the trend. And most of the houses were found of this.
- They are different from modern roofs as their rafter form an M
- The M shape meets in the middle of your loft and usually 2.2 meters at their highest point.
- Modern trussed roof
- These type of roofs are typically found in the homes which were built post-1965
- There shape is different than traditional roofs
- Their rafters form a W shape
- Usually 2.4 meters at their highest point
- More difficult to convert than traditional roofs
Problems with trussed roofs
- Because of their W shape the frame generally takes up most of the room in the loft
- Due to this complete frame must be changed
Is my room enough?
When you have an idea that which type of loft is suitable, get a measuring tape and move further. Possibilities to convert your loft depends upon two major aspects
Generally, your loft’s internal wall should extend across
- 5 meters from front to back
- 5 meters from side to side
- However smaller lofts are possible to work
Normally, the pitch should be at a higher angle. Any angle more than 30 degrees would work best.
To pass the building regulations your loft must have measures of 2.2 meters from the floor to the highest point. Now it has sufficient head height.
Do you have sufficient room to erect a staircase on your first floor? MR. ARCHITECTURE will be able to advise on.
Planning, regulation and party walls
Permitted development rights allow you to extend your loft by 50m3 , or 40 m3 for a terraced house. Alongside you must do other specific planning to save from planning approval. Contact us if planning permission is needed.
The homeowner must follow the building regulations. These are the set of direction laid down by local authorities. Every loft conversion requires building regulations in to approve the
- Fire safety
- Energy efficiency
- Household fuel conservation
- Many other similar things
Party wall is the wall which you are sharing with your neighbors.
You will require considering the party wall if you are living in a terraced or semi-detached home.
You will require the consent of your neighbor if you are going to make any extension to a shared wall.
- ARCHITECTURE recommends you to notify them in time.
According to our experts
For an average size of the home, a normal loft conversion will take roughly 6-8 weeks to finalize the construction procedure. So book a free consultation call with our experts.