Loft conversions range from the quite complicated and technical to fairly straightforward projects. A lot depends on your home’s total size and particular layout. To help you avoid some of the most common pitfalls for loft conversions, here are a few things you’ll want to consider.
One of the more difficult parts of this project are the stairs to the new loft. A variety of regulations exist including a head clearance both underneath and above the stairs of a two-meter minimum. When building a loft, you should also incorporate both fire detection and fire prevention methods in your design even though fire exits are not mandatory within a home, as they are in commercial projects. Make sure you talk to your contractor about this detail, although they should be aware of this already.
Another tricky area is the plumbing. Most of the time, the existing plumbing system will just get an add-on. However, in some cases, the entire system may need to be upgraded once the surveys and tests are complete. Ask your contractor if they have an experienced plumber on the team. If not, hire one to oversee the work.
You may need to improve the existing insulation within your home. The completed project may not pass certification if you skip this step. To ensure that energy saving measures are in place and that standard have been met, building control will do an inspection of the insulation.
Your loft conversion should go smoothly with a good contractor, the right designs, and a little careful planning. However, in the case of cost overruns or unforeseen problems, it’s always a good idea to have a small contingency fund available. Once the loft conversion is completed, your home will have value added and you’ll gain a considerable amount of usuable space.