Type of Roof
The type of roof that you have is one of the most important factors to consider when converting a small loft. There are two main roof types: a butterfly roof and a pitched roof. A pitched roof is the most common type of roof in the UK. Whether you have a pitched/butterfly roof will impact the amount of space you have.
A butterfly roof is a unique roof design with two sides sloping away from one another, which creates a ‘V’ shape. This type of roof is often the most challenging to convert into a living space since there is less space and headroom available. However, it’s not impossible. With the right design, a butterfly roof can still have a loft that is converted into a functional and amazing-looking living space.
Most houses in the UK have pitched roofs. It’s characterised by a steep slope and two sides of the roof that slant towards one another. Since there is more headroom and space available, it’s usually the easiest type of roof to convert into a living space.
What is Considered Too Small for a Conversion?
It’s crucial to consider the size and dimensions of the space when getting a loft conversion. In general, a loft will be considered too small to convert into a living space if there is less than 2.2 metres of headroom. This is because, with the limited amount of space available, it can be difficult to create a functional living space. Standing up or moving around the space might be difficult.
A loft that is less than 15 square metres in size may also be considered too small to convert into a living space, since there may not be enough room for the necessary fixtures and fittings to be added.
Tips for Converting a Small Loft
If you want to convert a small loft into a living space, some of the main tips to keep in mind include:
- Consider the height: Ideally, you should have a minimum of 2.2m of headroom. If your headroom is quite tight, consider options like reducing the height of the floor if possible.
- Add Velux windows: Velux windows or roof light windows are the best option for a smaller loft as they provide more natural light to the space without being an obstruction or taking up any of the limited room.
- Use light colours: When decorating your loft conversion space, consider using light colours that reflect the natural light and make the space appear larger. Neutral tones can give the space a more open, airy feel.
- Plan the layout carefully: It’s crucial to spend some time carefully planning the layout to ensure that you are making the most of the space. Consider how the room flows when deciding where to place the furniture. Choose an efficient, functional layout that maximises the space you’ve got available.
At Simply Easy Refurbs, we love a challenge. Even if you have a small loft space, we can help turn it into the room you’ve dreamed of. Contact us today to discuss your plans and get a quote.