Deciding to do a loft conversion on your property is a really big decision. The new addition to your home will add value to your property and create more space for you and your family. There are a number of key things you need to consider when deciding to convert unused roof space into a loft. Take a look at the following points to help you along your loft creation journey.
Stairs to the loft
One of the first things you need to know about building a loft extension is that you’ll be sacrificing a little of your floor space for additional space in your roof. In an ideal scenario, you will be able to have your access point to your loft from an already existing staircase. If this is not possible, you will need to place your stairs in an area where they are not overly intrusive on the current space you have available.
If your home was originally built with re-enforced attic trusses you will find that converting your attic to a loft will be easy. If you do not currently have enforced trusses, then there is a good chance that you will need to beef up your attic flooring. There are quite a few ways to strengthen your attic floors but the most common seems to be the inclusion of new joists alongside those already in place.
Another great way to achieve a stronger floor is to add new joists at identified centers of the attic floor. In many of the cases, the new joists will need to be considerably thicker than those already in place. If this is the option available to you, you need to know that it could affect your floor height. It is important to take note that any work completed which could affect the structural integrity of your roof needs to be completed by trained and registered contractors only.
Insulation and ventilation
If you want your new space to look and feel exactly the same way as the rest of your house you need to pay attention to the ventilation and insulation available in your roof. Proper insulation can be fitted into the roof between the rafters and under the new flooring. Proper insulation of your loft is essential, after all, you don’t want your new space to be cold.
Ventilation is just and important for your loft. You need to make provision for the inclusion of windows. To make this incredible space usable you will want to feel air movement. Without windows, your loft will be dark and smell musty. If this will be an area you plan to use regularly, you need to make sure you’ll be able to breathe fresh air.
If you are looking at using your loft as a bedroom or family room you will want to also consider soundproofing the area. There are two ways to go about this. Firstly you can block out internal and external noises. If you are looking at blocking out external noise you will need to look at the materials used for your roof. To limit external noise you install acoustic plasterboard in your loft ceiling. Roof glazing is also a great option for you.
Internal soundproofing can be achieved through the flooring. For some of the best results, we suggest making use of insulation. Another option for you is to install a floor deck. If you are planning to use the loft area for a home theatre you may want to look at more professional soundproofing means.