Are you looking for more room in your house? Loft conversions can reduce your space problem. Your house may be able to benefit from an attic conversion, depending upon the roof construction. Before a planning a loft conversion, you have to find out whether your roof is suitable for a transformation or not.
Is my Loft Suitable for Conversion?
Most houses are suitable for a loft transformation. However, you have to examine the height of your roof. Conversions are possible as long as the height of the roof is 2.3 metres, but if the height is less than 2.3 metres you have two options – either we can rebuild your roof or you can create height by lowering the ceiling of the room below your roof. The latter option can be a messy job, so most people prefer to increase roof height.
Scrutinize a Roof Structure
A loft conversion also depends upon the structure of the roof. There are two prominent structures in houses – rafters and trusses. In case of trusses, you need an extra structural support and it will be more expensive. Roofs with rafters are much easier to convert. The space can be easily and inexpensively opened up by cutting the rafters and adding supports.
Consider the Floor Below the Attic
Another factor to consider before loft conversion is the floor below the attic. You should consider where staircases will be used. How much room will be exposed after conversion? This is important to consider because a well-designed staircase can take up more space.
Loft Conversion Types
Roof Light Conversions
Roof light conversions don’t involve structural alterations provided there’s enough height. You won’t have to make any changes or extensions of rafters. However, you will have to have enough room already.
A dormer loft conversion is a vertical extension from the slope of a roof. Dormers are very common in slopping roofs. Dormer conversions are less expensive than hip-to-gable conversions. Dormers easily create extra height and floor space.
Hip-to-gable conversion involves the extension of ridged roof outwards. This conversion is generally possible in case of detached houses. You can gable a ridged roof if you have detached slopping roofs on either side. An extension will make your attic roomy, but this is more expensive than a dormer conversion.
How to Choose a Builder for Loft Conversion in Bristol
Before hiring a builder for a loft conversion in Bristol, you should always do your research on the company you are looking at, check previous reviews and ask to see examples of previous work. Reputable companies will always be happy to work with you to create the best possible loft conversion.