Loft Conversion Beginners Guide

Are you considering a loft conversion? If you are, then look no further than our comprehensive loft conversion beginners guide, here to take you through the considerations and concerns you need to think about before you take the plunge.

Getting Started

Firstly, the question everybody asks when they’re thinking about a loft conversion is whether their loft is suitable for conversion.

You will need to know whether the pitch, head height and the type of structure is suitable, as well as any other obstacles like chimney stacks or water tanks. You’ll need a professional to examine the roof space to ascertain whether the physical dimensions and structure is suited to a loft conversion.

Head Height – this should be measured from the top of the ceiling joist to the bottom ridge timber.

The Roof Structure – Two structures, traditional frame and a truss section form part of a roof structure. The traditional frame is the most suitable for loft conversions and the second, usually built post 1960s, will usually require added structure, as it isn’t as sturdy as the former. It may involve insertion of metal beams at the ridge and between walls. You’ll need an experienced team of builders for this.

Cost – The cost of a loft conversion will largely depend on the roof structure, if it is a post 60s one, then the cost to add structure to it will add to the cost.

Types of Loft Conversion

There are different types of loft conversions, and the type of house you live in will determine the type of loft conversion which is best.

Dormer Loft Conversion – These are more expensive and are best suited for semi-detached, end of terrace and detached houses. Staircases are easier to fit above one that’s already been made.

Mansard Loft Conversion – This will help you to maximise space so you may find it’s perfect if you don’t have enough.

Hip-to-Gable Loft Conversion – This is a loft conversion that requires a lot of restructuring. If you have a property where you need a lot of space, and where you’re happy to go through a lot of changes and more complex work, then this is ideal.

Velux Loft Conversion – This is quite simple to erect and doesn’t need planning permission, it’s great for those on a budget and the roof structure itself isn’t touched. It’s great if you need lots of light, and you’ll also get Velux windows as part of the conversion which you can cover with some stylish, minimalist window blinds.

JG Joiners – Premier Builders at Your Service

If you’re considering a loft conversion for your home, then why not get in touch for a free, no obligation consultation. We’re a professional, experienced, qualified and friendly team of builders who’ve been creating loft conversions for people for many, many years, so we know what we’re doing.