A loft conversion, depending on the structure of your roof and constraints surrounding the planning, is one of the most simple and straight-forward ways of creating extra space in your home. Forward planning and being realistic with time as well as budget is a great help.
Recent reports have shown that a roof space conversion on a bungalow, creating two extra bedrooms and a bathroom, costs just under £22,000. However, after an evaluation the conversion added £35,000 to the property value.
There are a number of points you need to consider when planning a loft conversion for your home, following these vital steps will help to ensure your loft conversion runs as smooth as possible.
What factors will determine the suitability of your roof space?
– Available head height: a measurement will be taken from the bottom to the top of the ceiling – the space should be greater than 2.2m.
– Pitch: the higher the pitch angel is the higher the head height is likely to be.
– Type of structure: normally when building a loft conversion, there are two options regarding the structure – frame and truss.
– Obstacles: factors such as chimneys and boilers can affect your conversion.
– Weight: it is also important to make sure that your home is able to take the weight of a roof conversion.
It is very important to ensure that you are aware of how structural alterations when building a loft conversion can affect the fire safety of your home, especially if your conversion would result in your home being 3 storeys.
You will need to have at least 30 minutes of fire protection, as well as one window per room that is big enough to escape from should a fire break out.
Mains powered fire alarms must be fitted to all floors to ensure maximum safety.
A loft conversion, although will add space to your home, will no longer be a place for junk, make sure that you are prepared for the change and are not left with unwanted clutter in your new space.
Heat and Sound Installation
As well as heat proofing, your new room will need sound proofing too. It is a good idea to use thicker material for the sound proofing as this will ensure you get the best results, and it is important to use high quality material for heat proofing, such as foam board.
If you are looking to add a conversion to your home, contact one of your local roofing companies for help and advice.