When Planning a loft extension, having a detailed plan will help things to run smoothly and keep your loft conversion cost under control. You will already have a quoted figure, and will have allocated funds to the cost your loft extension. You should also have been made aware of any additional requirements or potential problems that will need fixing by your builders.
As a guide there are several other things for you to consider when planning your loft conversion, besides just the style and finish. Your builder should discuss and plan these with you to avoid any surprises or issues.
- Loft Stability – If your loft is any higher (from the bottom joists to the top apex) than 2.4m, then you might need the ceilings lowered to ensure structural integrity.
- Escape Routes – These need to be accessible via an open stairway or large window or skylight.
- Energy Conservation – New loft conversions should be installed with the most up-to-date insulation materials. This serves to trap heat in the home during the winter and prevent wasted energy, saving you money and increasing the energy performance of your house.
- Ventilation – Your loft conversion will also need adequate ventilation to provide clean air to the new room and prevent a build-up of mould or rising damp.