If you have considered converting your attic into a liveable loft area then you have probably been bombarded with a range of questions. The entire process may come across as needlessly complicated and daunting. We’re here to tell you that this need not be the case. The process of completing your loft conversion with a Surry loft conversion specialist is a whole lot easier than you might think.
Here is the most comprehensive guide you’ll find anywhere to complete a loft conversion.
Is your house suitable for a loft conversion?
Before you get ahead of yourself you need to look at if a loft conversion would even be possible in your home. For you to be able to successfully convert unused roof space into a loft you need to have enough space in your roof for the conversion. There are certain parameters which need to be adhered to for the alterations. Go ahead and contact a trusted builder in your area and ask for them to come out and see if you have enough space for a loft conversion. The minimum height that is needed will be 2.2m.
Have others done it?
Take a look in your street to see if similar houses have loft conversions. The chances are good that if there are already a number of loft conversions in your area, your house may be suitable for the alteration.
What roof type do you have?
Roofs either have rafters or trusses. Rafters will run around the edge of the roof area and will have a hollow area in most of the triangle. Trusses, on the other hand, are support beams which run through the cross-section of the roof area. First prize would be to have rafters. This will make the conversion much simpler. Converting a trussed roof is, however, possible with additional support structures.
What about the floor below?
Most people do not take into consideration the changes that would be made to the floor area below the loft. After all, you will need to have stairs to the loft and the only place these can go is on the floor below. You need to know that stairs to the loft will take valuable space away from any existing ground floor area.
What types of lofts can I choose from?
Generally speaking, there are four main loft conversion types namely; hip –to-gable, mansard, roof light, and dormer. There are key factors which will determine which type of loft conversion you will be able to do including the age of your home and your budget.
Choosing a builder
Your first port of call in choosing a builder is to go for recommendations from family or friends. Also, visit online forums and see who people are talking about. You will want to make sure that the person you have hired is skilled in doing loft conversions. Ask to see examples of their previous work.
Get planning permission
You might want to ask your local building office if you need to get planning permission for your loft conversion. Once you have all the details you need you’ll be set to get started on your new loft conversion.