Frequently asked questions about loft conversions
When considering a loft conversion, our main emphasis is You wouldn't jump into buying a car or a home, so why jump into a project so intense and as big as a loft conversion. There are lots to consider but after reading this blog we hope we cover somethings that make the process or consideration and planning a little easier!
Does my lift have enough room?
More often than not lofts can be converted but there is the crucial factor of whether it can be achievable from the amount of headroom. Ideally for a loft conversion you need a minimum of 2.3m (or 7 feet 6 inches) to start with from the existing ceiling joists to the apex of the loft.
Once the new loft conversions ceiling and floor is in place, you will be left with about 2m (or 6 feet and 6 inches)
Also something to be considered is the door- well, the opening to be specific. The opening is most likely to be 1.9m in height which is just short of 2m. If your loft doesn't meet the height requirements then we suggest not having a loft conversion- or talk to a professional about how you can work around or look into any alternatives.
Where will the stairs go?
As the basic regulations of loft conversions stipulates, fixed stairs must be installed to give safe access to and from the room. The regulations also cover how steep the stair case should be ( max pitch of 42 degrees), headroom (min 1.9m), step size and rails.
We only use and install stairs that comply with the Building Regulations.
Will having a loft conversion add value to my home?
It is said that having a loft conversion can add up to 20% onto the value of your home, but, the loft conversion has to be completed and maintained in a way that will hold and add value.
What we mean is you cant just have the conversion and leave it at that (not that we expect this but we’ve seen it happen), if you have a vision for the loft and project this vision through decoration, when it comes to selling the house the potential customer may take inspiration making the loft conversion a main selling point for your home.
Is there planning permission involved?
From 2008 where a new law stated that you didn't need planning permission for a loft conversion due to the fact it is considered a permitted development . However there are rules and regulations that do have to be considered and abided by before, throughout and post the duration of the project.
Pros and Cons?
There are many pros and cons of having a loft conversion.
The main benefits being the fact that it a)brings something different to your home, b)creates extra room and c)adds value. By having a loft conversion it opens up so may opportunities within your home, without the cost, time and effort that it takes to move home. Instead of packing up and leaving you're moving higher and creating another room, that could be used for anything!
The only con we feel is the time and the fact is it such a big project, this con is then overruled by the fact that our workmanship and projects are always completed and leave clients with exceeded expectations. This is also overruled by the main benefits that were stated earlier, it may be a big project and timely, but the benefits post the project are second to none.
We understand you will be doing a lot of research if you're interested in loft conversions but sometimes not all the information is online, feel free to call and speak to one of our team! You never know you might find that winning information to transform your home.