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Loft Conversion: A Beginner’s Guide

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It is becoming more and more difficult for homebuyers to find properties that can accommodate their family needs, especially with the rising property prices in North East London. To make things less complicated, many homeowners have opted for transforming the room on the upper floors, namely the loft, into an additional living space. Loft conversion North East London have many benefits over buying a property. Transforming an empty attic space into a functional room is a lot cheaper, not to mention that you can avoid unpleasant aspects of daily life. If you are planning to start a loft conversion, you should get a good understanding of what this will imply and where you should start. This guide should answer all your questions.

Loft Conversion – Is It The Right Choice? 

If you are considering extending your living space, you need to determine if your property is suitable for remodelling. As surprising as it may seem, not all attics are good candidates. To work out if the space on the upper floor can take the weight of the transformation, consider the following aspects:

  • Head height

Having an abundance of head height is important, as you should be able to stand up easily. The plans are not always clear and you do not want to lose a room on the first floor. Measure the floor to ceiling height. If you are not sure about the results, check with a qualified builder.

  • Type of roof

Depending on when it was built, your house has either roof trusses or rafters. Traditional cut rafter roofs leave the space bellow empty, whereas trusses make it possible for a conversion, but they require additional structural support.

Main types of loft conversions

Roofs come in all shapes and so do loft conversions, each of them having benefits and weaknesses. For extensive alterations, you will need approval under building regulations. The one that is suitable for you depends on the type of roof you have and your budget. Here are the three main types of attic transformations:

  1. Dormer conversion

This type of transformation maintains the original shape of the attic, but adds one or more windows. This loft changeover comes through the slope of the roof. Dormers are unquestionably the most popular type of transformation because it adds usable space.

  1. Mansard

While it is the most expensive type of alteration, this French-style conversion provides more room than others and it requires planning permission. The great news is that mansards are appropriate for most houses, including terraced and semi-detached houses.

  1. Internal loft conversion

If you are looking for a cost-effective option, consider internal loft alterations.  Very few modifications are made to the existing space and common additions include windows and roof lights.

Do not forget about loft safety

Usually, transforming the empty attic space into a functional room does not impact the safety of your home. However, if you introduce an opening for the staircase, you have to reduce the risk of fire spreading to the roof. This implies re-plastering the ceilings below and in the room on the upper floor. A good idea is to get a smoke alarm too.

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