Before you get excited about the prospect of converting your loft, stop and ask yourself this “Is my loft suitable for conversion?”, as fantastic as converting a loft can be, there are many factors that prove to be obstacles when trying to undergo this change, so in this article we answer the nail biting question of ‘Are all lofts suitable for conversion?’.
The shape of your roof
Before even thinking about converting your loft, think long and hard about the shape of your roof.Why is this so stressed? Well, taking into consideration the internal space is vital for evaluating whether your loft will be an easy conversion job or not. The most preferred roof shape would be one with gable end walls, this is because they are the easiest to modify to accommodate more space. However if your roof is hipped or is an intersecting pitched roof with valleys, things tend to get more complicated, as more money will likely be spent to ensure your loft can be converted, money spent on things like internal load bearing cross walls or extra beams for support.
Floor space and pitch
If your roof shape gets a tick, then the next thing to consider is the basic internal structure of the space being converted. The main factors to consider when looking at this is how wide the space is and the roof pitch which is the angle of the roof. The following table, will provide a guide whether your loft will be suitable for conversion depending on its pitch and space.
If the height of your roof is less than 2.3 meters then this is an unfortunate drawback, however there are two solutions, both of which will require professional input. To increase the height of your roof, you could consider removing all the parts of the roof and rebuilding it, but this will cost a considerable amount of money and you need to have required planning permission in order to do this.
A different approach you can take is to lower the ceiling of the roof below, but still ensuring it is at least 2.4m in height, this can be chaotic and frustrating as a new plate will have to be bolted to the wall so the new floor joists can hang from it.
If the loft reaches the requirement of roof shape, floor space, pitch and height then you’re good to go! However even if your loft does not reach these requirements, if you are willing to invest money in refurbishing your loft to make the conversion process simpler, then go for it! So to answer the question, are all lofts are suitable for conversion? If time, effort and money is spent on it. You don’t have to put in the effort alone, as there are many loft conversion services across England, so whether you are in Leighton Buzzard or Aylesbury you are fully covered!