Converting the loft can be one of the most cost-effective ways to add extra living space to a home. New rooms within the roof can benefit from sunlight for much of the day, make the most of any views, and can have tremendous character.
The roof space can be the ideal location for a new master bedroom, home office, or playroom, but the new rooms can be suitable for almost any residential use providing you comply with the Building Regulations. Unlike most extensions, a loft conversion adds space without building over the garden. The main sacrifice is the space required to accommodate a new staircase. Remember, before you do anything else, check with your designer that a loft conversion is actually viable. The amount of space you will have all depends on the height and pitch of the roof.
LOFT CONVERSION TIMELINE 1. ROOF SPACE INSPECTED FOR SUITABILITY 2. AN ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNER WILL CONFIRM SUITABILITY & CREATE PLANS 3. THE LOFT IS CLEARED & PREPPED 4. REWIRING IS ASSESSED 5. NEW FLOOR JOISTS FITTED 6. FLOORS ARE INSULATED 7. FLOORBOARDS LAID 8. RAFTERS REINFORCED 9. DORMERS INSTALLED (IF APPLICABLE) 10. ROOFLIGHTS INSTALLED 11. STAIRCASE FITTED 12. DORMERS TILED AND VENTS FITTED 13. WINDOWS FITTED IN DORMERS 14. THE ROOF IS INSULATED 15. PARTITION WALLS ERECTED 16. WALL PLATES AND FIRST FIX 17. ELECTRICS UPGRADED 18. ACCESS PANELS FOR ELECTRICS, WATER & STORAGE 19. WALLS PLASTERBOARDED & ARCHITRAVE/SKIRTING FITTED 20. BATHROOMS (IF INSTALLED) CLAD & EXTRACTION FITTED 21. SECOND FIX, HEATING & FINISHES 22. DECORATING