LOFT CONVERSION TOP TIPS…

TOP TIPS TO GET RIGHT WHEN CONVERTING YOUR LOFT!

Loft & Basement Conversions Gloucestershire
Loft & Basement Conversions Gloucestershire
Here at Hempsted Roofing & Building in Gloucester, we regularly complete loft conversion projects.

TIP 1: PLANNING PERMISSION

Make sure you get full planning permission or permitted development rights to convert your loft space.

TIP 2: ENGINEERS

You will need to appoint a structural engineer to redesign the structure in the loft. Building Control will need the engineers calculations in order to be able to approve your scheme. You also want piece of mind that your new roof is not going to fall down!

TIP 3: NEIGHBOURS

If you are building into the side ‘party walls’ of your house (the walls jointly owned by you and your neighbour) then you will need a Party Wall Agreement with your neighbours before you can start work.

TIP 4: WINDOWS

When designing your loft try to install a good sized dormer window, or even better, a Romeo and Juliet balcony, to the rear of the roof which will give you increased headroom within the space and better views out.

TIP 5: SKYLIGHTS

Try and install skylights where possible. Top light is the strongest light and skylights will give you amazing views up to the sky. Select a skylight with integrated blinds so you can block out the light when necessary if you use your loft conversion as a bedroom and I always specify skylights that can be electrically opened and closed with a remote control. It saves standing on chairs and ladders everytime!

TIP 6: STAIRCASE

The position of the new staircase is THE most important design decision you have to make when doing a loft conversion. It will affect the entire layout of your upper floor as well as the layout of the loft space itself. Get it wrong and both levels will be a design disaster. Get it right and the architecture will sing!

TIP 7: INSULATION

Insulate your loft way above the necessary requirements of the building regs. So much heat is lost through your roof and insulation is relatively cheap when you think about how much money you will save on your heating bills.

TIP 8: STORAGE

Make sure you provide lots of access to the available eaves storage (this is the triangular area of space left over as the roof slopes down to meet the floor). It’s great space to have for suitcases etc.

TIP 9: HEATING

Always put in underfloor heating in a new loft. It’s the best form of heating and allows you to use valuable wall space for putting furniture against rather than it being wasted on radiators.

TIP 10: LIGHTING

Get the artificial lighting right in lofts. They can only become beautiful and romantic spaces if the lighting is right at night. Make sure you put all lights on dimmer switches to give you maximum flexibility and have lamps plugged into 5 amp sockets so bed side lamps can be controlled from the main light switches when you walk in.

For more information or a free no obligation quotation on a loft conversion in Gloucestershire please contact Hempsted Roofing & Building.

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