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Most lofts can be converted but what is crucial is that there is enough achievable headroom. Ideally you need a minimum of 2.3m (7 feet 6 inches) to start with from the existing ceiling joists to the apex of the loft. Therefore, once the new loft floor (about 200mm or 8 inches) and ceiling (about 100mm or 4 inches) is in place in the loft conversion you will be left with a ceiling height of about 2m (6 feet 6 inches). Take look at the closest door to you – the opening (if standard) is likely to be 1.981mm in height which is just a touch under 2m. With this in mind we hope you agree with that if can not achieve at least 2m then converting your loft simply isn’t worth it!
Under new regulations that came into effect from 1 October 2008 a loft conversion for your house is likely to be considered permitted development which will not require the hassle and the cost of Planning Permission. This is subject certain limits and conditions – please see the Planning Portal website for details. http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/england/public/buildingwork/projects/workcommonloftconversion/
Regulations stipulate fixed stairs must be put in to give safe access to and from the new room. The regulations cover things like staircase steepness (max pitch 42 degrees), headroom (min. 1.9m), step sizes and rails. Kiberick stairs are always fully compliant with Building Regulations and depending on exact requirements it often makes sense to place the new stairs over the existing stairs if possible. In doing so you must achieve at least 1.9m of clear headroom over the existing stairs to satisfy Building Regulations. If this is not possible then we can normally always find another way – sometimes by taking away a slice of another room. Although this isn’t ideal it is normally considered the sensible compromise in order to achieve a loft conversion. Please note – we are not fans of spiral or alternate tread stairs!
When you chose Kiberick Build we offer loft conversions from design through to completion – this includes planning, building regulations, structure, stairs, velux widows, dormer windows, insulation, plastering, heating, plumbing, bathroom fitting, electrical work (Part P) and woodwork etc. However, if you would prefer to do (or manage) some of the ‘2nd fix’ elements yourself then we can tailor a package to suit your needs.
Anyone can do a loft conversion IF they know what they are up to... and if they don’t then the loft conversion project could cost you thousands to put right rather than save you pounds. If you are thinking of doing the loft conversion yourself then good luck – we are professionals and we often take up to 6 weeks to complete our conversions. This is all day everyday Mon-Fri so how long do you think it will take you when maybe you can only spare evenings and weekends? Kiberick Build are a professional loft conversion company and take away the pains associated with carrying out a loft conversion yourself.
We give a 10 year guarantee for the main structural elements of the loft conversion and extensions.
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