What Loft Conversion could help You the Homeowner with:
A Loft Conversion is a transformation of an empty loft space into a functional room, usually used as a bedroom, office space, a gym, or storage space etc.
Loft Conversions are one of the most popular forms of home improvement in the United Kingdom as a result of their numerous benefits including the creation of additional living space without the need to move the house. The installation of a Loft Conversion is a complicated engineering process, and whilst it may be possible to attempt a 'DIY' Loft Conversion which is not advised especially due to the legal and law restrictions which exist now and which could make a finished work illegal and not compliant with current regulations and for the reasons of public safety the Homeowner attempting such project may be forced to dismantle the work already completed and incur a heavy penalty from the local council, the large amount of work involved often results in many people choosing to contract a specialist Loft Conversion company to undertake the task.
Another type of Loft Conversion is converting non-residential spaces (most commonly warehouses, docks, former factories or water towers) into habitable homes.
There are several types of loft conversion with two main types being the most commonly done:
-Roof windows are often an attractive option for homeowners due to their ability to fit into the line of the roof, therefore any restructuring of the roof itself is not required. The installation of roof windows will provide the loft space with which is relatively light. In the UK, a roof window conversion can often be completed under permitted development rights and will not require planning permission, although they will always require building regulation approval which is best researched before the work is started.
-Dormer is a window-featured extension of the roof, usually installed to provide more space and headroom within the loft, in addition to improved staircase access. Dormers are also popular due to the aesthetic enhancement to a property that they provide. In the UK, the installation of a dormer is subject to planning permission requirements from the local councils only when certain rules aren't met. Most dormer conversions come under permitted development.
-In addition to roof window and dormer conversions, there are less common 'hip to gable' and 'mansard' conversions, which can be installed when certain circumstances require their features to be installed.
There are a few things are to be considered as follows:
The existing ceiling joists in most domestic premises are only designed to support the weight of a ceiling, therefore additional support would be required to transfer the loads from the new loft floor to the walls of the house, since the alignment of roof supports would generally need to be altered, causing a significant increase in pressure at specific points on the flooring of the property. The most common method used is to install I-beams or rolled steel joists (RSJs), these can either be installed in single lengths or in smaller sections which are bolted together. New timber joists are then installed between the RSJs onto which the new floor can be laid. A structural engineer has to calculate the size of the RSJs and joists and make a necessary recommendations for a building structure required.
Modern houses using Timber roof truss are also suitable for conversion provided appropriate strengthening is provided.
Loft Conversions yield numerous benefits for Homeowners, which may be the reason for their increasing popularity. Often, up to 30% of a property’s potential space is located in the loft area. Converting the attic will therefore provide a significant amount of room that may be used for a wide variety of accommodation, often a bedroom, bathroom, office, sport exercise room or entertainment room.
Therefore, finding and hiring a professional Loft Conversion is a must to have a professional job done in Your Home.