Loft conversions; Minimum headroom requirements.

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 Loft conversions; Minimum headroom requirements.

Firstly, in this post, I want to explain the differences modern building construction has had on loft space.

A Loft conversion minimum headroom requirements are 2.2 metres for a loft conversion in a property built before 1964. However, properties built after this date generally need a bit of extra headroom, often around 2.4 metres. The reason for this is, post 1964 the construction industry started manufacturing roof trusses off site, using smaller timbers. As a result, the apex requires strengthening more than a roof that was built pre 1964. So, If you have measured the height of your loft to the apex and you don’t have enough headroom, then you still have 2 options.

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Option 1.

Raise the roof height to achieve the minimum headroom requirements.  We prefer to use the Moduloft system whereby a new roof is fully constructed within a factory, then delivered to you. This type of loft conversion construction system comes with all rooms, electrics and plumbing pre-fabricated. The loft room is then delivered in sections and craned into place.

This is a precision built option offering minimal disruption to your daily life. We will remove your existing roof just prior to the new roof being delivered so the new roof can fitted. Finally the joining of the sections, finishing of roof tiles and the plastering is done inside to seal the modules together.

Planning permission will be required to raise the height of a roof in all cases. So if you live in a terraced or semi-detached house, planning permission is often refused. That said, we have seen the odd exception.

The Cost of a modular roof conversion is only slightly more than a standard built conversion at approximately £1200sqm (floor space).

Loft conversions; Minimum headroom requirements.

Option 2.

You can take space from the rooms below the loft.

This is done by inserting the supporting steels below the existing ceiling height and hanging long legged joist hangers. These hangers will support the new floor joists. First we construct the new floor, then we gradually cut away sections of the existing ceiling while we strap the roof timbers to the new load-bearing floor. In doing so we are ensuring the structural integrity of the new floor.

Older Houses, which generally have higher ceilings are ideal but if you have a newer House, you can still get 30cm of extra height into the loft room whilst still leaving 2 metres of head height in the floor below by lowering the floor joists.

As a result, this type of work will generally mean you living on the ground floor or moving out while the new floor is constructed. This type of loft conversion will take 2-3 weeks to construct the floor.

Most noteworthy is, Option 2 will add 10-15% to the cost of a standard loft conversion.

If you don’t have enough headroom for a Loft conversion, property space solutions Ltd will advise you on the best options for your conversion.

Loft conversions; Minimum headroom requirements

Email with your loft conversion enquiry or call us on 07551756279 and we will endeavour to give you the best guidanceyou have

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