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We have an ex local authority mid terrace house and are looking into loft conversions. I understand we need a pitch of 2.1-2.3 unless we consider raising the roof or lowering ceilings. Our pitch is only 1.8m. We would happily consider a dormer - in fact it would be needed to create a proper master bedroom. Is that a solution?
Please can you advise whether it is possible to raise a pitch on a mid terrace, whether a dormer would in some way help or if we are best off abandoning the whole idea?
- Yc_cooksey 11th Mar, 2013 Loft Conversions
hi there i want to build a cupboard in my loft to store my motorcycle gear as i live in a conversion flat and have,nt got much storage there is no structural work to be done just stud work and plasterboard the cupboard will be about 6ft long and 3ft wide by 5ft high any help would be great many thanks...danny
- Ybluecharlie 28th Feb, 2013 Loft Conversions
I've recently had my loft floored and use it primarily for storage. I'm now interested in adding a permanent spiral staircase or a steep set of stairs up to the loft to make it much easier to access the space.
Due to the layout of my house, the only place which would be possible to put stairs would be in a hall cupboard. The cupboard measures 115x90cm, is on the 1st floor and has a concrete floor (this cupboard used to hold the old boiler).
Does this seem like enough room to fit a staircase? Or are there some regulations which would prevent me from placing stairs here?
- Yaclelland 24th Feb, 2013 Loft Conversions
As in the title, I'd like to know if the tie beams can be left in place when you carry out a loft conversion?.
- Yvincent4 4th Jan, 2013 Loft Conversions
We are thinking of having a loft conversation.
I understand we need to fit fire doors at the base of the new stair case.
Can the door swing "out" into the landing our must the door be situated
within a recess at the base of the stairs.
This for us will make a big difference to the
design of the stair case and how much room we have to play with.
Thanks Woody for the reply.
Yes I have other doors going in, I didn't mention them so
Not to confuse the issue.
I know your up country and I'm pushing my luck, could I
Email over a scetch of my fire door locations?
I think you've answered the question but I just need to clarify.
- Ymartinsax 18th Nov, 2012 Loft Conversions
when taking height measurements for potential loft conversion do you take it from the top of joist or from ceiling belows plasterboard? different web sites say differentthings, thanks
- Yfoyland 18th Oct, 2012 Loft Conversions
I'm planning a Loft Conversion. I can't afford a specialist company, so I will do half myself and use tradesmen for the other half.
The property is 1890's mid terrace 3 bed, although we are currently converting one bed to a bathroom.
When I called a Structural Engineer, he wasn't really interested until I had Architect plans signed off by Building Control. This doesn't make sense to me as the Architect can't plan until he knows what size RSJ's are required to specify head room and stair treads etc., and only seemed interested in the calculations.
Who will tell me if the firebreak party walls are strong enough if not the SE?
Note the below paragraph:
"The problem with some terraced houses, especially those dating from the Victorian era, is that the walls were sometimes built using two parallel columns instead of solid brickwork. If this is the case than it is highly unlikely that the walls would be able to cope with any addition load bearing." *1
Are they referring to spine walls or the party walls? Are party walls always strong enough and never built from columns? Likewise, who would advise if not the SE?
- Yhome00000 22nd Feb, 2012 Loft Conversions
I have owned my house for a long time but one thing that always bugged me is that my house has a fully converted loft with floor, ceiling, lighting and power all completed over 4 decades ago but they only had a loft ladder.
So what I want to do is cover the hatch with extending loft ladder in centre of upstairs hallway roof and make a new wooden regular staircase to the ceiling running in parallel directly over the existing stairs and of course cut away the required 8 feet by 3 feet area of the ceiling by the main wall.
I have googled til I am sick and I can find no clear cut answer as to whether I need to make just the stairs and hole cut into the upstairs ceiling/loft floor up to current regulations or the whole house (yeah all that money generating bullcrap like fire doors which is all just their to plump up the council coffers).
And would this be treated any different to someone replacing a spiral staircase (yuck!) with a proper staircase as in both cases new sections of the loft will be?
I want to make this into an occasional game room/home cinema and to be honest I can do that now but I would like to be able to go into my existing loft via a normal staircase (loft is still exactly as it came with this house I purchased in the mid 90s actually)
I don't really care what the estate agent says I can market the house as as far as number of bedrooms goes, if I ever sold the house then it's up to the buyers to decide what to do with it.
So in summary, bought a house in the 90s with fully converted loft but accessed through a traditional telescopic type ladder like a regular loft....who needs to know (hint the less people the better) and actually given it is already there and hasn't spontaneously combusted or collapsed on my head in 2 decades WHY do I even need to tell anyone what I am doing inside my own house, the change is not structural other than in itself (ie the staircase and hole in the ceiling must be structurally good design for their purpose).
- Yokosh 19th Dec, 2012 Loft Conversions
is 18mm conti floorboards tonge and groove good for Attic which will be used as bed rooms or should it be floor boards which cost a bit more.
we are changing the flooring as the builder who initially started the dormer left us half way and the floor was not tongue and groove. we have a new builder who is finishing the loft conversion off for us and before he starts i wanted to know the best flooring
- Ysaffy_63 16th Feb, 2012 Loft Conversions
Hi, Thanks for the reply.
The depth of the existing floor joists is 18cm and the width is 8cm.
There is a strip of timber about 4cm by 4cm which runs along the side of the last floor joist. It is attached to the floor joist at the joists bottom edge. The ceiling joists look as if they are notched so that they rest on this strip of wood. The ceiling joists then run at rightangles to the floor joist to the top of the back wall. The ceiling joists have a span of about 200cm.
You're suggestion sounds good. I am just concerned that the blobs of plaster poking through the laths of the ceiling will prevent a joist of similar depth being used.
Also does this method put any unreasonable extra stresses on the structure of the house?
- Yringer_70 15th Sep, 2011 Loft Conversions
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