Loft conversions are incredibly popular, but homeowners often jump into a conversion without properly considering all planning elements. However, the loft conversion specialists at Econoloft make sure our customers in Catford and across the UK have all the information they need to ensure they get their ideal loft extension. While we work closely with clients on attic conversions, it helps to have an idea of what you want to achieve before contacting our loft conversion company. As such, we have highlighted some key planning and design elements which customers often overlook.
There are many aspects that go into planning and building successful loft conversions, but these are some of the main ideas to think about:
Making a Third Storey
If your house in Catford already has two floors, a loft extension will create a third floor, which comes with extra safety requirements. Any smoke detection equipment must use mains power and the new staircase must be fire protected because it will be the main escape route. You will also need to include an escape window and fire doors.
As a compliant and dedicated loft conversion company, it is important for us to work with building regulations to provide suitable safety solutions that may include a fire escape and/or sprinkler system.
When building attic conversions in Catford and the UK, many homeowners choose to include a new, luxurious bathroom in their loft. However, it is essential to plan ahead with plumbing because while you may be able to use existing systems by extending pipework, it may be necessary to install another drainage system in line with regulations.
Our loft conversion specialists also remind customers that it’s vital to check your current boiler to ensure it is powerful enough to serve the conversion in addition to the rest of the house. If it is not, you will need to replace the boiler.
Customers in Catford and the surrounding areas often want loft conversions to provide a calm environment, whether for sleeping, working or relaxing. If this is something you want, it is worth thinking about soundproofing your new space, especially if you live in a built-up area.
Various insulations are available that help minimise noise and double or triple glazing will also help reduce noise pollution. You may also consider acoustic mineral wool, acoustic membranes, high-density acoustic plasterboard and quality carpet and underlay.
As a highly experienced loft conversion company, Econoloft has extensive knowledge of building regulations, which include requirements for thermal insulation. The insulation for attic conversions must have a U-value of 0.18W/m² or lower but there are various options for insulating your loft extension. The loft conversion specialists at Econoloft advise on the best solution for your property and needs.