Because ceilling joistes are likely to be inadequate , most of the lofts need new floor joists , the floor joists normaily are supported on steel beams.
Beams to support floor joists can be made of solid timber, Glu-lam timber, steel or a combination of timber and steel (a flitch beam). The exact size will depend on the loading and the span.
The addition of a third story to a dwelling house introduces a greater risk to the occupants of that storey in the event of a fire occurring on either of the lower floors. Accordingly the Building Regulations require additional measures to ensure a safe means of escape and early warning is provided within the building.
to provide safe means of escape for the occupants. This achieved by constructing/ upgrading the stair enclosure to a minimum of 30 minutes fire resistance and fitting fire doors with suitable frames to all rooms.
Loft doors are designed and constructed for fire resistence and
Loft conversions yield numerous benefits for homeowners, which may be the reason for their increasing popularity. Often, up to 30% of a property’s potential space is located within the loft area.
Converting the attic will therefore provide a significant amount of room that may be used for a wide variety of accommodation; often a bedroom, bathroom, office, or entertainment room.
It is widely perceived that a loft conversion will add a significant amount of money to the value of a property. Whilst the exact figure varies, many credible sources have determined that a professional loft conversion can increase a house’s value by approximately 20%.
Many families also choose to convert their loft area as a means of obtaining more space without having to endure the costly and stressful process of moving property
See below some of our priorities:
Roof windows made from "Velux"
Double french door with Juliet balcony
Factory made stairs made from "Loft Stair Case Company"
Sky window on flat roof that lights up the loft stairs and landing
Handmade wardrobes to make all the space useful
Two storage doors or occasionally three (one in bathroom)
Party Wall Agreement
The Party Wall act does not give your neighbours the right to halt your loft conversion, but it will affect how you carry out the work. It will simplify matters and save time and money if you explain to your neighbours informally your plans for your loft plenty of time before you intend the work to start
Planning Permissions / regulations
In such matters it is always advisable to contact your local authority, but the good news is that ordinarily loft conversions are classed as “permitted developments.”
In short, they do not require planning permission. However, there are restrictions on the kind of loft conversion work you can carry out without requiring planning permission, and that is why it is so important that you make enquiries with the relevant authorities.
Under the current planning legislation, amended in October 2010, you will need loft conversion planning permission if your property is located in a conservation area or is a listed building. You will also need to apply for planning permission if the loft conversion alters the appearance of your property.
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