Are you running out of space? If you've outgrown your home, but the cost of moving brings you out in a cold sweat, look up - the answer may be right above you!
With a little creativity and clever design, your loft could be transformed from a dark, empty void full of life's bits and pieces, into a light, airy living space that will enhance your home.
“A good loft conversion can add up to 20% to the value of your property, but to reap the rewards, you've got to be prepared to invest both time and money.”
Planning and preparation
Your first consideration should be suitability. Will the construction of your roof lend itself to the work you want to do and what type of conversion will be appropriate?
Do you need planning permission? This can depend on the answer to the first question, but may also consider factors such as whether your home is listed or is in a conservation area.
Also, don't forget Building Control. You will almost certainly require their approval for your project. Contact your local Building Control department for more information.
No matter what type of property you have, there's no substitute for expert advice, so consult a reputable local builder before taking the plunge. They should be able to give you a rough estimate of costs, including labour, materials and other essentials such as scaffolding and equipment for working at height, as well as gaining the necessary approvals.
A permanent staircase to your new loft conversion is a requirement, so no matter the space available - be it on the tight side or with room to spare – it is an essential part of your build. As with the other suitability checks, there will also be several considerations to ensure the staircase is safe and fit for purpose.
Current legislation dictates that a permanent staircase to a loft conversion is a requirement for the creation of a habitable room, so no matter the space available - be it on the tight side or with room to spare – it is an essential part of the build.
As with the other suitability checks, there will also be several considerations to ensure the staircase is safe and fit for purpose. Consider where your flight of stairs will start on the floor below and the space you will be losing to accommodate it, as well as the headroom you need in the loft where the opening will be created. Likewise, the space available will influence how steep and narrow the steps can be. Building Regulations specify the critical dimensions for a staircase including the correct pitch, to eliminate any trip and fall hazards.
We offer both standard stock flights and made to measure staircases that can cater for tight spaces, yet still adhere to Building Regulations. Where there simply isn't enough room for a conventional staircase, space saver modular stairs are available in the market.