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How to know if you have enough head height for a loft conversion

So, you’ve decided on a loft conversion? You’ll want it to be your new favourite space in the home. Somewhere cosy, comfortable and, importantly, safe. That means you must ensure your ceilings are high enough to meet building regulations. If you find that your ceilings come up short, don’t fret. There are many ways to raise them to meet safety standards. Building regulations The suitability of your loft for conversion depends on the available head height of the potential room. It’s an industry standard that the centre of the roof and a majority of the ceiling is at least 2.2 metres…

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House extension vs loft conversion

The housing market is improving year on year as the economy recovers from the crash of 2009. Almost ten years later, it’s coming up Milhouse for UK property owners and it’s a better time than ever to invest in the loft conversion or home extension you dreamed up when you first moved in. It can be hard to choose which option is best for you. So, this month, let’s weigh up the pros and cons. Cost With a loft conversion, all you need to begin is right there in front of you. If you have access to a loft space then…

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5 of the most profitable uses for a garage conversion

Taking a walk on the wild side of garage and loft conversions, this month we’ll be looking at the more extravagant options when it comes to adding extra space to your home. Selling your home after a major development will often see a major return on your investment, but the question is which additional rooms spark the imaginations of potential buyers? NK Lofts is here to answer just that. Games Room The beauty of a games room is that it can be done on a budget or you can go all-out and indulge your inner teenager. If you wanted a Pac-Man…

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Design Tips for Loft Conversion En Suites

You deserve the loft conversion that works best for you. If you’re looking to create a new bedroom – either for yourself, the children or an older relative – you could benefit from an en suite bathroom. Having a bath, sink, toilet and shower on the same floor as the bed maximises livability and increases the value of your home over a conversion without en suite. Planning the layout To make a practical start on your en suite bathroom, make a floor plan and mark where the height of the roof is 1.8m, 1.6m and 1.4m. This will give you an…

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What are the steps when converting a loft?

When you’re committed to converting your loft, it’s a good idea to start thinking about a timeline for the major building works. To help, we’ve put together this point-by-point guide to the steps taken the transform a disused loft space into a functional room, complete with ensuite bathroom. Inspection for Suitability The roof needs to be high enough to stand up comfortably (no less than 2.2 metres), and requires a steep enough pitch to achieve this. Access must be considered as well as any other obstacles to overcome. Water tanks, purlins and chimneys are common problems, and a thorough inspection will…

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The beginner’s guide to loft conversions

Find out what to expect from an exciting new home improvement project with our beginner’s guide to loft conversions. At a glance, work out how suitable your loft is for conversion and what method of conversion is required to turn your unused attic space into your new favourite room in the house. Head Height Measure from the ridge timber on the loft floor to the ceiling joists. This measurement must be 2.2 metres or more in the centre of the floor to meet building regulations. Roof Pitch If the roof has a steep pitch, it’s likely to have adequate head height…

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Velux vs Dormer windows for my loft conversion?

The type of window you choose for your loft conversion affects the amount light in the room, its ambience and the overall cost of conversion. Getting this essential part of your project right is therefore a difficult decision for many. Both come with their own benefits and limitations, but whatever style of window you choose, we are certain you will be happy with the substantial improvement that a loft conversion presents to the home. To weigh up the pros and cons, NK Lofts have compiled this handy guide to make the decision easier. Dormer Windows Dormer windows are popular because they…

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Building regulations for loft conversions

Find out whether you require planning permission for your loft conversion and which building regulations you will need to fulfil, with this handy guide. Do you need planning permission? For the average loft conversion, planning permission is not needed as the addition of 50m3 to your home falls under permitted development. If you have a terraced home, this requirement is reduced to 40m3 and fewer. However, you need planning permission for any developments if your home is located in a conservation area, or if you live in a listed building. Certain alterations to the exterior of the property will need planning…

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How to create an energy efficient loft conversion

A loft conversion is an exciting home improvement that could mean having a new bedroom, bathroom, den, games room, guest suite, living space, music room, nursery, office, or studio – the options are endless. But have you thought about loft conversion as the perfect opportunity to make your home more energy efficient? Of course, insulation plays a large part, as your roof is a weak link where heat retention is concerned. But insulation is not the only way to retain the heat and save money. If you are planning a conversion in the near future, or are updating an already converted…

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Loft Conversions: Design Inspiration 2017

Whether you are wanting to begin an entirely new loft conversion, or are thinking about ripping out the artex to modernise your current conversion, 2017 is the year to transform the space above your head into something special. A mix of modern and traditional Just a couple of features from each period will do the job. Consider exposing the wooden beams in your roof, if you are lucky enough to have original beams. Then contrast them with a modern twist, like a leather-backed headboard, or contemporary piece of bedroom furniture. Shabby chic returns It’s a favourite trend that is rarely not…

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