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How is a Loft Conversion Built

How is a Loft Conversion Built


How is a Loft Conversion Built?

Looking to add a loft conversion into your home, but not sure where to begin? There’s a lot of information out there that can be overwhelming for even the most experienced of handymen, but it doesn’t need to be a stressful experience.

As we’re experts in building and constructing loft conversions for many UK homes, we have the know-how to show you how a loft conversion is arranged, put together and completed in our latest step-by-step guide.


Is a loft conversion possible in my home?

The first question to ask is if you’re able to convert your loft. If you live in a neighbourhood with several houses of a similar structure then ask around to see if any of your neighbours have had a loft conversion.

A builder or surveyor will otherwise be able to help you look at your loft and whether it can be converted. The minimum height for a loft conversion is 2.2m and identify what kind of roof you have. You should also look at the floor - consider where your stairs or ladder access will go if you were to convert the loft.


Choose what loft conversion is best for you

Planning out exactly what you want and where will save a lot of hassle later. Internal loft conversions are the most popular option as they don’t require much structural change in the home. If you’re looking to add more to your loft there are other options like removing the roof or adding to the level.


Beginning the loft conversion

You’ve done all your homework and you’re now ready to bring a builder in to begin the work. Roof supports, usually beams, and any other support structures will have to be removed so that they can be moved to where they’re needed.

One of the most common changes is allowing your ceiling to now become a floor. Initially this wouldn’t be possible as the ceiling won’t be designed to walk across, so new support beams will be built to ensure you can use it as a walkway. Then comes the addition of stairs and natural light into the room.


Adding stairs and other features

Stairs often look narrow and steep due to the lack of space, but depending on where you want to access the loft you can make the stairs wider and more accessible, especially if you want to bring furniture upstairs.

The roof will need to be cut away somewhat to make way for some windows and natural light to enter the space. We recommend Velux windows and blinds for the job.

You should also make sure your loft is safe in case of a fire or other issues in the home. Make windows large enough for any escapes and provide fire safety equipment nearby.

You should also look to insulate your loft - this can be done either by adding boards to prevent any gusts of wind entering the space. You may also want to add insulation to reduce the amount of noise made that can be easily added within your new supports.

With all this in mind, you should be looking to add ventilation to reduce the amount of moisture in the air. Your building regulator will be able to advise you on where vents can be best placed around your loft.

Loft conversions increase the value of a home tremendously if built correctly and have had the advice of builders, architects and a company that’ll be able to perform this work for you. There are of course a lot of different steps to consider when building a loft conversion.

We have a department solely dedicated to loft work and loft conversions. Contact them today.  

 

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