Is My Loft Suitable for Conversion?
1) Head Height
To avoid converting a loft that you can’t properly stand in, it’s best to measure the head height, properly, before beginning. From the top of the ceiling joist to the bottom of the ridge timber the measurements should be greater than 2.2m. Our project managers can measure your loft for you, before design work begins.
2) Pitch Angle
The type of roof you have will influence the pitch angle. Pre-1960’s houses were often built using a traditional frame type, whereby the internal timbers, rafters and joints are made to measure and constructed. Theses roofs are easy and inexpensive to open up and transform. Post – 1960s windows use brace-diagonal timbers to support the more cost-effective timbers used. Because there are often no load-bearing structures in-place, structural in-put is often needed. Our structural-engineers can inform you on how best to keep costs down and stay safe.
When converting an attic/loft it’s important to take note of any water tanks, chimneys or other obstacles in place, as building regulations are subject to specific requirements. But there’s not reason why you should let an obstacle block your path!