Planning your dream loft conversion can lead to a vast and confusing array of options and opinions. The wealth of information available online can often mean attempts to learn more about what’s available often leave you more lost than when you began your search. Luckily TIGExcel have years of experience building top quality loft conversions on just about every type of property you can imagine. If you’re looking for expert guidance and top quality results look no further, we’d love to help simplify and streamline the process.
Before any work can be planned, it’s worth considering the impact on your current loft space. If you’d like a loft conversion to add useable living space onto your property you should take into account if anything is currently stored in the loft and where it will go to accommodate the conversion. Perhaps it’s time to finally clear the old loft space out, or perhaps consider incorporating a storage room into your new conversion? Just remember, if you’re planning to use part of your new conversion for storage you’ll still need a temporary storage space for use during the build.
We’d recommend a minimum height of 2.2 metres to get the maximum use from your conversion, but this can have serious planning and cost implications, so it pays to first make sure a loft conversion is definitely the right solution for you. If you’d like to discuss your options with our team please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Will you be adding an extra bedroom to your home, are you planning to relocate the living room, and will this free up other areas in your home for other uses? Considering whether your intended use will add a significant weight burden onto your lower walls is also vital.
So where do we begin? Before conversion, loft spaces are typically supported by either Rafters or Trusses. Rafters typically make for an easier conversion, they are triangular wooden frames which run along the base of the loft and the sloping sides of the roof. These are typically found in older buildings. Trusses are more common in newer builds, they use a Rafter-style frame but incorporate V shaped supports which link the roof with the base of the loft. Trusses can mean that additional structural support is needed when building a conversion. Once we’ve established how the space is to be used and how it’s currently constructed, we’re ready to get into which of the 5 main types of loft conversion is most suitable for your property.