Loft Conversions

Loft Conversions are a cost efficient way of adding value and space to your home, with it adding a third to the total space in the average house.

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There are many reasons for why a loft conversion is the best option for you, the main two being the extra space it creates, and the extra value it adds to your home. A recent survey of 110 estate agents concluded that a loft conversion adds an average 12.5% to the selling price. It isn’t particularly disruptive either, as most of the work is done from the outside.

Ceiling Height
The height should be at least the height of the average person. Unfortunately you need to take into account losing 6 or 7 inches for the new flooring and supports. If this is a struggle, it may be possible to lower the floor by lowering the ceiling of the rooms below or even by constructing a new roof.

Wall loads
A loft extension or conversion increases the load on your house by around 10%. It is therefore very important at the design stage to figure out how this is going to be evenly distributed throughout the house. If the house has a traditional timber roof (usually pre 1950) there’s a high chance that one or more internal walls are taking some of the load from the roof. However, if it is a new house the chances are that the internal walls are not taking some of the load. Our experienced team have the knowledge to advise on all aspects of your loft conversion for complete peace of mind.
Our experience in all kinds of conversions allows us to design most of them so that extra loadings do not need support from any internal walls.

Staircase
Where to put the stairs is often a dilemma but there is always a way that fits with the shape of your home and works best for you. Having adequate head clearance at the top of the stairs means that it is sometimes necessary to build a large side dormer or it may be necessary to fit a compact staircase. We will be on hand from the very first stages of design to suggest the best possible solution.

Fire regulations
At County Conversions we ensure Fire Regulations are closely followed with any type of extension or conversion. The layout of the ground floor and the position of the main hall door are important factors here, which we can explain in detail to you.

Existing loft artifacts
Many lofts hold cold water tanks or boilers and have various pipes running through the space. These are things that can be relocated to a corner if need be, and tidied up or hidden in bespoke cupboards according to what fits in the new layout. We will also survey the condition of the roof and advise on things such as damp, leaks, chimney capping or missing tiles.

Party walls
Most loft conversions utilise some steel beams that are embedded into old party walls which naturally increase the loadings from the loft to the rest of the house. That is why it is important to have your party walls in tip top condition before starting the loft conversion. If your neighbour’s loft has been converted/extended before, then the chances are they have steel beams in their party walls as well. The beams need at least 100mm either end for support so it’s important to find out the position of your neighbour’s beams before advancing.