The same people that struggle for space in their home could be the same people that have a perfectly good loft going to waste. There might be a stigma of lofts being damp, dark and/or dusty – but the truth is that if your loft isn’t being utilised, your home just isn’t living up to its full potential. Studies show that a loft conversion can add a large amount of money to your property value (up to a 20% increase in some cases), so whether you’re planning on staying in your home for a short time or a long time – we think we can help.
Do you need building approval?
Yes, building regulations approval is required when converting an attic or loft into a liveable space. While it might seem like boring paperwork, this part is important to ensure vital elements of the space like its sound insulation levels, structural floor strength, roof condition and more are all liveable. It is also important to make sure that the work you carry out falls within The Party Wall etc. Act 1996, therefore contacting Building Control regarding your proposal is recommended.
How can you tell if a loft is liveable?
Professionals believe that, if just three criteria are met, then your roof space will be convertible. Those criteria are:
The general pitch of the roof should be angled at 30 degrees or more
The internal height of the loft should be at least 2.2 metres in the most used section of the space
The internal walls should measure 7,500mm front to back and 5,500mm side to side when including the chimney
If any of these seem too difficult to measure, then professionals like ourselves can be brought in to quickly and accurately survey your space.
What can you do with a loft?
Well, what could you do with a blank canvas? There are so many options, and it’s up to you to decide which one suits the home more. If you’re a family of film lovers, you could convert it into a cinema room or if you’re expecting another addition to that family, you could turn it into another bedroom; a home studio could be ideal for creatives, while a library would be great for any book worm.
Okay, I want to convert my loft. What now?
While a fairly skilled carpenter might be tempted to try it singlehandedly, there is only one thing worse than a perfectly fine loft going to waste – a damp, leaky and half-restored loft wasting the home away from top to bottom. As a qualified and insured team of builders and specialists, we provide quality renovation services for a price that’s only ever fair. Contact us to find out for yourself.