If you are looking to add more space in your home, a loft conversion may be the answer. Not sure how to go about planning…?
Here are some questions to consider when planning your loft conversion, before jumping in…
🧐 head for heights
One of the first things to check is whether you have enough head height for a loft extension. Take some measurements to ascertain how much space you have from the floor to the ridge beam. If you haven’t got enough space to stand you may not be able to proceed.
The most straightforward way to create a loft conversion is to add a dormer window at he back. This will lift the roof of the loft over a new vertical window creating a flat roof overhead which gives you more room. The etched roof at the front stays the same. Get an architect to look at your roof to see what’s possible. Check the RIBA website to find an architect near you.
🧐 call the surveyor
You will also want a structural engineer to check the existing structure. They may need to dig a trial pit to check the foundations are deep enough to take the load of an extra floor. Plus the new structure is likely to enclose, rest on or require the raising of the party wall with your neighbours. If this is the case, you may need to bring in a party wall surveyor too.
🧐 stairway to heaven
The access staircase leading up to your loft is almost as important as the room you;’re building there. According to Building g regs it should have a min head height of 2M. Work out how the structure will connect with the rest of your house.
🧐 permission required?
Typically a dormer at the back of the house falls under ‘Permitted Development which means you don’t necessarily have to apply for planning permission . Of course if you live in a listed building or a conversation area Pd rules don’t apply. Always check first!
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