If you are considering a loft conversion on your home in Manchester or Cheshire there are a few vital things to check.
- Do you have enough height to do this and achieve building regulation approval?
- Is there actually enough space to create what you want to achieve?
Firstly, it’s best to check if you do have enough height in the existing loft, this is quite easy to check so long as you feel safe and comfortable up in the loft space. We are basically looking for a minimum height from the ridge (the highest point of the roof) down to the ceiling rafters of the rooms below. We would generally be looking for 2.3M, (please see the diagram to explain this (Dim A1).
If it transpires that there is less than that size it may still be possible to convert the loft if we can lower the ceilings in the bedrooms below. This may not be as much of a disturbance as you might think due to the fact that the new lowered ceiling is put into place first with the old ceiling (there very dusty dirty section) being taken away afterwards through an opening in the roof not through the house. That said this system will add extra costs to your conversion.
Next, there may be enough height to convert the loft and achieve building regulation approval, but is the new space going to be good enough for what you want? Please see diagram A2
Consider that when completed you would achieve a height in the Centre of approx. 2.0M this height will decrease as you move away from the Centre towards the front or the rear of the house. See diagram A3
You may need to consider a dormer window or dormer extension, please see diagrams D1 & D2 along with various pics of dormers.
Next consider the plumbing. Do you want to extend the existing central heating system up into these rooms or do you also need a bathroom? Things to consider here would be 1 What type of boiler you have and is it big enough to cope with extra demand. 2 Where is the waste pipe for your existing toilets as this will need to be extended up to the loft for any toilets or waste water from basins or showers.
Finally, do you need planning permission for this work. As with traditional brick extensions home owners do have a permitted development allowance they can use before actually needing planning permission and this is usually around 40M3.
If you need help with any of the above, we can do this for you free of charge we can also compile plans for you to really enable you to visualize what is possible. Please see our dedicated page on Architectural drawings and planning.
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