Converting excess space in your roof to a loft is a great idea for a number of reasons. The most popular motives for doing a loft conversion is to have extra space or to increase the value of the home. While each person does and will have their own thinking behind doing a loft conversion, there are a few key elements you would need to keep in mind before undertaking a loft conversion.
Here is our list of the most important things to keep in mind when doing a loft conversion:
If you have measured your loft and know there is enough space in your roof for conversion then the next step is to find out where you will place the stairs. Stairs are important in a loft conversion. You need to make sure that you can easily access your loft from the floor below without taking away too much space. For example, if your goal is to create more space in your house then you do not want your loft stair to be taking up half of the floor area in the room below.
In the most ideal plan, the stairs to the loft would follow on from an existing staircase. This means you would get all the benefits of having a loft without losing additional floor space. If you do have access from an existing staircase, you might want to consider taking away space on the floor below. However, you need to be sure that you can afford to take away that additional space without the floor area below looking cramped and cluttered.
Another important aspect to consider when doing a loft conversion is whether the floor area of the loft will be strong enough to support a loft. If you are lucky, your house would have been built with the perfect trusses. But, even with the perfect trusses, you might find that certain areas in the loft would need a strengthening boost. The easiest and quickest way to add a little strength to your loft is to include additional new trusses and joists right next to the one which is already in place.
If you find that you need to up the strength of your loft floor it is always recommended that you make use of the services of a professional. This is because any work you may do to your roof has the potential to affect the integrity of the actual roof structure. If you are unsure of whether you need assistance, it is best to contact a structural engineer for guidance.
If you want your new loft to look and feel exactly like part of your home you need to include ventilation. Proper ventilation will allow for increased levels of comfort and also free-flowing air. As part of a ventilation boost for your new loft, you will also want to consider how many and where you want to include windows. If you planning for your loft to include a bathroom, you need to plan for the installation of a roof fan. This will help to remove unwanted moisture from the loft.