Checking out your existing loft
Your loft will need a minimum head height of 2.3m. The pitch of the roof, water tanks and placement of chimneys will also need to be considered. If your roof height is below this, other options may work such as replacing sections of the roo
, but the cost would be more and planning permission would then be required. Alternatively, we may suggest building a modular conversion and then installing the pre-fabricated units on site later.
Getting the design right
Don’t try and make your loft something it isn’t. Take advantage of its shape, nooks and crannies and go with the flow. We will do this naturally, maybe suggesting two smaller rooms rather than one large one. If beams are retained, showing
off the natural wood can become a design feature. Think about the layout, particularly if you are including a bathroom. Placing the stairs is also crucial to the design in order to maximise space, as is putting the door at the top or the
bottom. We will be able to produce drawings that can be given to builders in order for them to place tenders. If a structural design is required, this can be discussed during the initial stages.
Maximise the light
Going with lighter colours internally will maximise the light and space. The size and position of your windows is also a crucial part of the design. If you want to end up with a light room, the glazing should account for about 20% of the
roof area. Where the windows are placed will depend upon the shape of the loft. If it is long and narrow, windows may be spaced along its length. A smaller deeper room may just need one larger window. Windows can be top-hung or come with
a centre-pivot. If out of reach, rods or electronic controls can be used to operate them.
Shower or bathroom
The dimensions may be unusual and the overhead beams bulky, but you may still be able to include a bathroom or shower. Baths don’t need a minimum amount of headroom and a free-standing bath can look incredible. Showers will need more
headroom so we will advise on which to go for. Extractor fans may be required if the windows don’t give sufficient ventilation. Think of using opaque glass panels to a divide bathroom from bedroom/other space.
How to use your space
For those that work from home, an office in the loft can be a dream come true! Imagine the natural light and views. Plan it well with us and watch your productivity shoot up! Think about siting of desks and computers and how you will avoid
on-screen glare, such as adding blinds. Alternatively, you may wish to turn the loft into a teenage get-away room. They will certainly appreciate their own space and when things get noisy; you can close the stairs door and leave them to have
fun! Let your imagination run free. Have you always wanted a home-library, kitted out with custom-made bookshelves? Add a chair or too, place in front of the windows and you have a space where everyone will want to retreat to. The options
on how to use your loft space really are endless.
Add plenty of storage
With all of that eaves space to play with, there should be no shortage of storage space. Talk to us about building shelves, recesses or cupboards into the eaves. Not only does this look good but it is a super way of making use of otherwise
under-utilised space. This can be done in the bathroom also, adding storage for towels, toiletries and cosmetic items. We will not see the eaves space as a problem but instead we will embrace those odd shapes, using them to his benefit when
laying out the plans. Where the roof slants, custom-made cupboards can be built in, not only providing innovative storage but maximising the whole of the space.
We can help you plan and design your next project. We prepare planning application drawings, building control packages, and structural design calculations for all types of house extension, renovation and self-build projects. Contact us today
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