Can you believe we’re well over half-way now with our A to Z series? Today we’re up to the letter ‘p’ and we thought it would give us a great opportunity to help you avoid and plumbing problems in your newly converted loft. You don’t have to be installing a bathroom for these issues to be relevant. So read on for our plumbing advice.
What are you using the space for?
Consider carefully what exactly you will be using the space for as this will determine which plumbing issues you should pay attention to. Bedrooms, home offices and children’s playrooms will require heating. Whether you choose to extend your central heating system or find another means of heating your loft is up to you.
That said, the majority of homeowners would love nothing more than an extra bathroom. Think how much faster it would make the morning routine. Plus you’d be able to luxuriate at the end of the day without having to worry about someone else needing the bathroom in the meantime. That doesn’t mean that the entire loft converted space should be used as an extra bathroom however, as you can always fit one in as an en-suite to a new bathroom. Of course, a bathroom does make plumbing more of an issue as you’ll also have to consider the water supply and the relevant pipework.
Making plans for en-suite bathroom plumbing
Your first consideration when planning your en-suite bathroom layout should be the position of the stairs with respect to the bathroom. There are regulations with regards to headroom and space required for stairs, but bathrooms should also be as close as possible to your waste pipe, usually at the back of your property.
A bathroom pipe that feeds into the main waste pipe is only permitted to be as much as two metres in length. The best place to install the bathroom is directly above the existing family bathroom, as the plumbing work will be much easier.
Remember that a bathroom requires ventilation – you can provide this by installing a small dormer window to the side of your home that the en-suite bathroom is installed.
– With an extra bathroom, you may be concerned about the amount of hot water available. With a power shower, you’ll have access to a limitless supply of hot water on demand, as it will heat water from the cold mains supply electronically.
– If you cannot for some reason install a window in your loft bathroom, an electric extractor fan can be used to remove the steam.
– Unfortunately walk-in showers are not possible in lofts as they require a concrete floor. Instead, you’ll have to install a shower tray.
If you are considering converting your loft, you’ll need to choose a firm that you can rely on. With 40 years’ experience in the industry, you can trust Econoloft to create the home of your dreams.
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