A loft conversion is not suitable for all types of roof structures. It is therefore very important to firstly determine the type of roof that you have. Some roof structure types are easily convertible but other types have to be replaced completely to be made suitable for a loft conversion. Before undertaking a loft conversion or loft extension, it is advisable to consult an experienced professional. For more information on loft conversion Dorset give us a call or continue reading.
Prior to the 1960s, the majority of roofs were constructed by carpenters. These were also known as traditional roofs and they made a basic frame by using large section timbers. As the techniques for constructing roofs developed further, builders started using smaller section timbers. This allowed for the roof framing geometry to develop further in order to satisfy different roof designs.
The most obvious indicator of whether your home is suitable for loft conversion is the head height. The general rule of thumb is that there must be at least a 2.2 metre distance between the floor and the ceiling. Obviously, this is an essential requirement as people need to be able to stand up straight in your loft conversion!
If your loft is lower than 2.2 metres in height then you should consider re-modelling and making the height at least 2.2 metres.
The second most obvious consideration for loft conversion is access. According to planning regulations, there must be a permanent access for a loft conversion to be considered a living space. Usually the access is in the form of a staircase, which means that there are a number of other considerations to take into account, such as staircase/entrance placement and structural work.
Staircases allowing access to the loft conversion normally rise from the room’s centre.
If you’re in doubt about whether your home is suitable for a loft conversion, feel free to contact us to discuss it further. Our professional team will come and carry out a quick survey of your property, give you a free quote and some advice about your loft conversion or loft extension.
Dorset Loft Conversion work all over Dorset and neighbouring counties to create beautiful and practical loft conversions and loft extensions for all homes. Our experienced loft design team ensure that your loft conversion offers the quality and space you require, and we are on hand to offer decorating services and advice to provide that perfect finish. For more information, or to discuss your loft conversion needs further, get in touch with the team today.
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