Before you make a final decision about hiring a company to build a loft conversion there are several things you must first consider to be able to make a correct decision about whether jot is the best way to add more space to your property.
- Can the current structure of your home support the weight of the loft conversion
Obviously a loft conversion will add additional weight to the structure of your house, and even though it may only be a slight increase you must first assess whether your current house can support additional weight. You’ll need to check the existing foundations by bringing in a building control officer. If your current structure can’t support extra weight then you can still build a loft conversions but you will need to underpin your house to support the additional weight. Please note that this could double the cost of the project.
2. Head Height Availability
When your interior designer is creating CAD drawings of your project, make note of how much headroom will be created once the loft has been converted. If the plans aren’t clear then you may be disappointed once the project has been completed and then realise here is not much height room.
If there is no roof space for plumbing and water tanks then you may have t replace the entire heating and hot water system with a sealed system. firms like Loft Conversions Birmingham can cater to all your needs including ensuring that sufficient head room is built.
3. Loft Stairs
Loft stairs can be difficult to effectively design as space is tight. winding narrow stairs are often designed but in reality can be impractical especially because it makes it difficult to move furniture up them. However purpose built custom saris can be up to 10 times the cost of off the shelf stair solutions so you need to consider the price implications.
Be aware that if you wish to design a custom stair case then you need to have your design approved by your building control officer before signing them off and building them. This is because there are several health and safety regulations that a staircase must adhere to. As part of the fire safety laws, stairs should always lead to a hallway or external door.
4. Loft insulation
Despite loft conversions technology becoming hugely advanced in recent years,they are still difficult to insulate. The buildings sloping ceiling will need insulation material cut to size so it can fit between each individual rafter. The higher quality insulation material you purchase, the more effective it will be at keeping heat within your home. Similarly it is highly recommended that walls are insulated before plasterboard is fitted.
5. Fitting New Windows
Skylight windows are generally beautifully looking and are easily fitted because they do not require many structural alterations to be made.
Dormer windows are the opposite and can be notoriously more difficult to install because they are essentially their own structure, but if they are installed on the rear of your home it most likely will not require additional planning permission.
So there you have it, 5 important things to consider when you’re going throughout the loft conversion process.