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Ways To Create Headroom for A Loft Conversion

  • Posted by: Sebastian Grayson
Loft conversion Newham - Create Headroom For A Loft Conversion

Many homeowners are interested in loft conversions as they want to create more living space in their homes and have access to a room that provides comfortable accommodation. To do this, there needs to be plenty of headroom so that you can easily move around in the loft and make the most of your new room. 

First of all, measure your space to see if it meets the minimum practical requirements for headroom. Your loft conversion should have a ceiling height of between 1.9 and 2.0 metres once complete. To determine whether you will be able to meet this, first measure the headroom of your existing space from the bottom of the rafters to the top of the joists. You should have at least 2.2m to allow for the construction of internal ceilings and floors and the addition of insulation. The good news is that if your roof space doesn’t meet the requirements, there are several ways that headroom can be created for a loft conversion. 

Raise the Roof

Usually, the maximum height requirement will run to the ridge of the roof. However, if the maximum space does not reach the minimum requirements, you can extend it by raising the ridge of the roof or using other roof-side alterations to create more space. Bear in mind that since it changes the height and shape of the existing building, you will need to get planning permission before you get a loft conversion that raises the roof. 

Lower the Ceilings

If you cannot raise the roof, for example, if you are unable to get planning permission to do so for any reason, then one option to consider is to lower the ceilings in the rooms underneath the loft to create enough headroom for your dormer loft conversion or mansard loft conversion. This simply reduces the ceiling height of the rooms below the roof space, which may be a worthwhile option to consider if your property has taller room heights. This is often the case with properties in conservation areas that cannot get planning permission to raise the roof. 

Use Thinner Insulation

If the loft height is almost tall enough but will just miss the minimum requirement once ceilings and floors are constructed and insulation is added, then using thinner layers of insulation might be a solution worth considering. Traditional insulation for a loft conversion is usually around 25mm thick, which can take up a lot of space when the measurements are quite tight. However, there are now more modern insulation techniques that can be very effective without infringing on so much of the precious space or compromising on thermal efficiency. 

Use Thinner Steels

Most of the time, a loft conversion will require at least one pair of steel beams to support the new floor structure and the roof slopes at the purlin level. In some cases, steel beams are also used at the ridge level, for example, if you are adding a large dormer. While there is no getting away from the need to use these steel beams to add the necessary support to make your new room safe and usable, there’s no denying that they can cut into the headspace. If the measurements are quite tight and just missing the minimum mark, then using thinner steel beans might be an option to consider. Coupled with thinner insulation, this can help ensure that your loft conversion has the support and thermal efficiency that it needs, while still meeting the minimum space requirement without having to make any large structural changes or get planning permission. 

Are you concerned that your loft does not have enough headroom for conversion? Get in touch with our friendly team at Simply Easy Refurbs today to discuss your options. 

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Author: Sebastian Grayson