5 Steps to start your loft conversion
5 steps to your loft conversion before getting the experts involved.
1 – Cost
With the average loft conversion costing anything from £20k to £30k before you start your loft conversion project consider what your specific conversion is going to cost. Is it cheaper to convert or move to a larger house with the rooms you require? Does the cost of a conversion add that value or more to your home? Try our loft conversion cost estimator to see what your project might cost.
2 – Is your loft suitable for conversion
Is there enough head height to stand in the existing loft? You will require at least 2.2m height over 1.5m or greater for a comfortable space. Remember the ceiling will slope down following the roof line. Imagine where you will have your bed will there be space to walk round the bed without hitting your head? A dormer will open up the head height giving you a greater sense of space but can add significant cost. Do the existing roof trusses allow for easy conversion? If your loft is relatively open I.e. you can easily walk through it without roof truss timbers getting in the way this is the simplest type of loft to convert although other types are possible it is likely to cost considerably more.
3 – Stairs
Where can a stair be located? How will this effect the layout/rooms of the floor the stair will start on? Will a bedroom have to be reduced in size or lost? Look at your existing stair location can another stair be located over this? The new stair will also need head height when it’s in the loft remember your ceiling slope in the loft you will need at least 2.0m above the stair to comply with building regulations. An architect will be able to help you with this if you are unsure.
4 – Storage
You can never have too much storage! Think clever when designing your conversion and use every bit of space possible. Remember the space left at the roof edges.
5 – Drainage
If you are planning on adding an extra bathroom or en-suite think about where your existing bathroom or en-suites are on the floor below, Is there existing drainage you will be able to connect into? Try to locate your new bathroom or en-suite around the existing drainage locations.
What’s next….? Find out if you will need planning permission. You can find out if your loft conversion will need planning permission on the
loft conversion page.
You will also need a building warrant before you start, speak to an architect or builder.
Always get various quotes for your project and remember to check references before you sign anyone up.