The first thing you really have to consider if you want to extend your home into the loft is- Is there enough headroom? Can you actually stand up in your loft? The highest point should be at least 2.30 meters. Added headroom can be accommodated by the construction of dormer windows. The steeper the slope of your roof, the better it is.
The next thing you really want to think about is -What is the purpose of your converted loft? Is it for an extra bedroom, or an office? Can the new loft accommodate an extra bathroom? Can your existing plumbing system cope with the pressure of the new bathroom?
Having run through the checklist, what is the loft for? A loft conversion is a major undertaking. You need the service of qualified builders and an architect to initially assess the existing structural make-up of the loft. When you call experienced Cambridgeshire builders CD Hood Ltd we like to make sure that you know what you want your loft for. If the loft is for an extra bedroom with its own bathroom we need to know if you want a shower or a bath en suite. Remember that if the plumbing and sanitary system of the rest of the house is at the rear, chances are the new loft bathroom would also most easily be located at the back of the house.
Building regulations approval is required if you would like to convert a loft or attic into a liveable space.
There are various factors you will need to take into consideration
• the structural strength of the new floor is sufficient
• the stability of the structure (including the existing roof) is not endangered
• safe escape from fire/mains fitted smoke alarms
• safely designed stairs to the new floor
• reasonable sound insulation between the conversion and the rooms below.
There are so many regulations, it is always best to contact an experienced builder, as they will be able to handle all of the planning and building regulations.