Planning a Loft Conversion

A loft conversion is ideal for creating additional space in your home. This new space can be used for an extra bedroom or workroom and even a TV-room or a children’s playroom. Here you can find someĀ great ideas for an attic conversion. Very often your loft conversion can dramatically change the appearance of your home and it could mean that a considerable amount of planning would go into it. Overall you want your conversion to blend in and complement the architectural style and design of your home. Here are a few of the important things you need to look at before deciding on doing a loft conversion.

Roof types

The first thing you will need to do is inspect your roof space to see whether or not it is suitable for a conversion. During your inspection, you will be able to have a look at the space available for the conversion and decide on the way you would like to divide the area. Some home and house designs area better suited for completing a loft conversion than others. A bigger house will usually offer you more space for a loft conversion than smaller ones, but this is also not always the case.

Providing that you have enough height available for your loft, you could easily convert the area into your desired dream space. If there is, however, not enough height available, then you may want to consider a vertical roof extension as a viable alternative. It is important to remember that certain roof types are just not suitable for a conversion. These will include trussed and flat variety roofs and any roof with a very low pitch.

Choosing dormer or roof windows

If you have determined whether your roof is suitable for a loft conversion the next thing you will need to have a look at is deciding whether you want to fit either roof or dormer windows. Most of this choice would be based on personal taste but factors such as needing more headroom could also affect your decision. Should your roof not be high enough you could extend the roof vertically in the form or dormer installations. In this case, you will not have the luxury to choose between dormer or window installations.

Planning the stairway

Access to the loft area is extremely important and will be one of the most important considerations you will make before getting started on your loft conversion. Very careful planning needs to go into the design of the staircase, as mistakes could be very costly to correct. There are a number of key things that need to be kept in mind during the decision making process including the fact that a stairway will take a great bite out of the space on both floors.

Because of this, you will need to make sure that the staircase you have chosen is out of the way. Another key consideration to keep I mind is that the staircase will need to be high and wide enough for you to move furniture up and down.