Loft conversions are a great way of adding liveable space to your property as well as value. There are endless possibilities from what a loft space can become, with the most popular being an additional bedroom and ensuite. Both of these will add significant value to your home, but maybe you want to have something a little different; a home gym, office or a simple lounge space. If you’ve been dreaming about the options for a while but you’re not sure of the actual possibilities, here are few things to look out for to get you on the road to fruition.

Is it possible to extend into my Loft?

Before you do anything, you will need to find out if your loft is suitable to be used as a liveable space. There are a few things that need to be checked to determine whether the space is usable. The most important factor is the internal height of the loft to ensure you have enough head height to stand comfortably. Secondly, it is useful to know the angle of the pitch of the roof to know the head height below the ridge. Knowing how much head height you have allows you to determine how much liveable space you have available in footprint. Sometimes the height of the pitch may not allow for very much useable space.

How will I use my new space?

Deciding how you would like the loft to be used allows you to identify what facilities you may require such as eave storage or a shower room. A shower room for example will require suitable head height which could eat away from your liveable space, so it is important to identify these features early on.

Consider Access

Whilst lofts can be quite simple in construction and provide particular benefits, it can be difficult to provide a new set of stairs to the loft if you are already tight for space, such as if you live in a flat or maisonette. There are regulations that need to be met when creating this new set of stairs, such as the requirement of 2m head height below and above the staircase. A survey of your home will allow a designer to calculate this to ensure you are meeting with building regulations.

Choose your Loft

A loft extension does not extend on the existing footprint but instead provides additional space with sufficient head height. There are a few different options such as dormer windows, L-shape dormer, mansard or hip to gable. The smallest being dormer windows and the largest being an L-shaped dormer. These are various options which are available, however, these are subject to your local councils guidelines. Your council may have a style of loft extension which will be in keeping with the character of the area so it is wise to look this up.

If you are considering a loft extension and would like a member of our Architectural Design Team to visit and access your property to see your lofts potential – give us a call and book a site visit. Our Build Team are happy to help and talk through any questions you have. To book your site visit, get in touch with our team today on 0207 495 6561.