Necessary criteria for a loft conversion

With ever increasing house prices, and a poor housing market, its no surprise that an increasing number of people are opting to increase the space they have, instead of moving house. From extensions to loft conversions, domestic building work is becoming more popular. But how do you know if your loft is suitable for a loft conversion? Well, here at Pinnacle Loft Conversions in Preston, we are loft conversion experts. As a result, we have produced this guide to the necessary criteria for a loft conversion.

Ceiling height

One of the most influential pieces of criteria relating to your homes suitability for a loft conversion is the ceiling height. For a loft conversion to pass building regulations, and be viable, the ceiling height will need to be 2.2 meters from the floor joist to the highest point. Once the roof has been insulated and the floor built up, there will still be between 1.9 and 2m of space.

If you do not have enough space you can consider lowering the floor into the room below, or altering the roof. However, you may need planning permission for any external work.

Access and stairs

In addition to the ceiling height, you will also need to make sure that there is at least 1.9m of headroom fro the stairs, and that the maximum pitch is 42 degrees. The stairs are an important part of meeting building regulations and if you cant meet these requirements, it is unlikely that you will be able to use your new loft conversion as a legal bedroom. This is due to health and safety concerns and the fire risks.

Fire safety

Furthermore, to make sure your loft conversion is in line with regulations, you need to meet the fire safety requirements. This includes legislation regarding fire escape routes, smoke alarms and fire doors.

For more information or advice, get in touch with the experts today, here at Pinnacle Loft Conversions.