So you’ve familiarised yourself with the ins and outs of building regulations and planning permission, and you’re just about ready to get started on the work.
But there are still a few questions you need to ask yourself first – including, most importantly, how to find the right firms to help you get the job done. Given you’ll be investing a considerable amount of money on your loft conversion, it’s essential that you have everything in place to complete the work to your total satisfaction.
Knowing if your loft is suitable for conversion
You need to be absolutely sure that your loft space is actually suitable for conversion. Your chosen loft conversion expert will go through this with you and discuss any structural work that might need to be done to make sure the space is right to accommodate a loft conversion. However, there are three main aspects to consider when assessing whether or not your loft space is suited to a loft conversion – the internal height of the loft, the footprint of the loft space and the pitch of the roof.
As a general rule of thumb, the internal height – the space between the ridge timber and the top of the ceiling joist – will need to be in the region of 2.5 metres to be able to convert the loft. The footprint needs to be around 750m to 550m as a minimum. If the pitch of the roof is around 30 degrees or more, then you should have plenty of headroom for your loft conversion.
Choosing the right specialist
Rather than attempting the work yourself if you have no prior experience of a project of this sort, we would strongly advise you to seek the assistance of a loft conversion specialist. There are three main options open to you here – you can appoint an architect (who will then help you find a loft conversion firm to actually carry out the work), you can go straight to a specialist loft conversion company or you can hire a builder to do the job.
The best choice is to go straight to a firm that specialises in loft conversions. This way, you get the best of all worlds – your chosen loft conversion experts will help you draw up the plans for your project, ensuring that your loft conversion has all the features you want and need from it, and they’ll also go to the trouble of obtaining the necessary permissions and meeting the required regulations.
At Econoloft, we understand fully that there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all loft conversion – every client and every property have their own specific needs. Our experts will help guide you through the loft conversion process from inception to completion.