Loft Conversion Structural Engineers in Brentwood Essex
Congratulations, you have decided that you would like to convert your loft. Once you have established that you can convert your property (as not all homes can have one), you need to consider what type of conversion is going to be best for you.
Some of this may depend upon what type of property you have. You may be looking at a simple roof-light conversion which places specialist windows into the roof able to add natural light and ventilation.
If you have a bigger budget, you may want a dormer with at least one protruding extension, or even a hip-to-gable conversion, which works by extending the sloping ‘hip’ roof at the side of your property outwards to create a vertical ‘gable’ wall, for more space. This sort of build will only usually work on detached or semi-detached houses, as it requires a free sloping side roof.
If you are planning on adding a loft conversion to your house, it is highly recommended to appoint a structural engineer to assess your home and give you guidance as to how to build your conversion safely upon the existing building.
Structural engineers’ considerations for a loft conversion
Loft conversions are attractive to many homeowners, who want more space in their property because it uses existing space and does not change the footprint of the house. However, the structural challenges associated with converting a loft are often underestimated.
Loft conversions will usually require structural alterations to the floor, roof, walls and the addition of a staircase to provide adequate access and escape in the event of fire. There are also considerations that must be made with regards to safely and efficiently heating, lighting and insulating your newly created room(s).
If you are feeling really extravagant, you might want to consider a Mansard conversion that runs along the whole length of the roof of your house. This will alter the angle of the roof slope, making it almost vertical. Expensive but worth it for the extra space. These are suitable for almost every property type.
Converting your loft can be expensive but is ultimately rewarding and will add huge value to your property. Contact your structural engineering consultants to find out more.
How much value do loft conversions add?
A good quality loft conversion can add up to 20% to the value of your home, however, a poorly designed or built conversion can have detrimental consequences.
Structural Engineer in Brentwood for loft conversions
Essex Structural Engineers could remove the time, cost and hassle associated with creating more living space in your property by producing high quality drawings and plans that satisfy all regulations and best practices, enabling your builders to work quickly and efficiently. Give us a call today on 01277 554 147.
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