Loft conversions, dormer extensions and truss replacement requires design ideas, measuring and structural plans, as well as possible planning application approval.
Conversions require replacement of the wooden roof trusses with steel beams and often the roof or attic floors strengthened. Work to flooring, windows, insulation, plastering, electrics, plumbing, lighting and heating follow the initial structural work.
Can I convert my loft? What will I need to check?
It is possible to upgrade any loft space from it’s present condition into a usable, clean storage area. However, to convert your loft into a real extension; bedroom(s), playroom, home office or any other use, with or without the plumbing for a bathroom, there are many regulations set out by all the local building control departments.
“Regulations” are in place to ensure that any project undertaken is built to a standard that is not only safe and environmentally friendly, but is also practical and easily usable. To try to help you determine whether or not your loft will comply with these regulations, we have shown a few very simple illustrations to explain some of the initial requirements needed.
To convert your loft space, there must be at least 2.15M (7ft 2 inches) of height available. If you have 2.15M or more, then yes, you can convert your loft, safe in the knowledge that it will meet any building regulation approval. If you do not have the minimum dimension of 2.15M, then there is a possibility of lowering existing bedroom ceilings to gain the extra height needed. This process is not as disruptive as people often think. We install the new lowered ceiling structure first, then remove the old structure from above at a later date. This process usually takes 2-3 days to complete and is virtually dust free. If you are unsure whether you have the minimum requirements, we can arrange for one of our structural team to come along and take any required measurements, free of charge.