The loft can provide an ideal location for a new bedroom, a home office or even a playroom. The loft can be suitable for almost any type of room, but you must bear in mind Building Regulations before you go ahead.
Here a few tips to consider when deciding whether a loft conversion is the right choice for you.
Consider a designer - Choosing an architectural designer can be a real help when designing the loft exactly how you want it, keep in mind the cost of hiring a designer, and build them into your project costs. You’ll also need to consider hiring a structural engineer. If you want to keep costs down as much as possible it may be worth handing over the whole project to an architectural designer to manage the whole project for you. Try collecting a few quotes from different designers before you make a decision.
Is there enough potential? - Assessing the potential of your loft conversion is essential to ensure there’s enough space for headroom and ceiling height. Don't worry if your loft doesn't offer enough space to make it viable for conversion, there are many options available that will make it viable, such as increasing the volume of the roof, which can make a huge difference to the amount of space available.
Staircases - Designing and positioning the staircase in the loft may need a bit more thought to ensure your staircase provides adequate access to your loft and meets Building Regulations and fire regulations.
Fire regulations - When designing a loft conversion you need to ensure the right measures are in place in the event of fire. It may be worth installing an escape window in the roof, which will provide a route out of the property in the event of a fire. An escape window should always be easy to get to. Fire doors are also essential regardless as to whether you have an escape installed.
It’s important that you’re loft conversion complies with Building Regulations, Arc Design Services Ltd are a fully Accredited Planning Agent in the Trafford Council area, catering for all client aspirations. We work on all types of residential architectural design projects within the South Manchester and Cheshire area relating to residential design, from domestic extensions, loft conversions, remodeled homes, alterations and refurbishments to one-off designed, bespoke new build homes.
If you’d like help designing your loft conversion contact us today!