Is It Possible To Do A Loft Conversion In My Home? Part Two - Lodgico Outline Their Final Check List
1st June 2015
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If you’re wondering how to accommodate a loft conversion into your house, Lodgico – North Devon’s experienced and trusted builders, give you sound advice on must haves to create your dream loft conversion.  Have you thought about?

Altering the roof structure – From thatched roofs to tiled and with everything in between, your roof needs to be held up.  There are many ways of supporting your roof, but it may be that you need to alter the internal supports and beams to accommodate a new loft conversion.  A professional builder will guide you through which joist, beam or floor joist would be most effective to prop up your rafters without imposing on the newly created space and still be aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

Windows & natural light - You might not need to make a lot of structural alterations to accommodate skylight windows, which makes them relatively easy to fit.  A good builder will know the best techniques to fit sky light windows and dormer windows.  These windows may be essential to maximise your headroom in the loft and provide useable space.

Upgrading for fire safety - Depending if your house is a bungalow or a two storey dwelling, the effect a loft conversion will have on the fire safety of your home needs to be taken into account.  Are any new windows large enough to escape out of and do they have a minimum of thirty minutes of fire protection?  Is your family’s safety paramount? Of course it is and that could mean re-plastering the ceilings below the conversion and the loft room itself or installing a fire door and an escape window. 

Insulating your loft against heat loss - Insulating a loft conversion can be tricky with sloping roofs and increasing high standards expected.  The sloping ceiling will need insulation.  Have you thought of how to keep all that extra space warm?

Sound Pollution - Whether you are using your loft for your teenagers drum and base bedroom or as a tranquil feng shui retreat, insulating for sound is a must for a loft conversion.  The new floor would need soundproofing and laying a mineral fibre quilt or sound insulation quilt between the joists is the perfect way to achieve this.

For solutions to any of the above considerations or if you’d like a free site visit to assess your homes suitability for a loft conversion, give Lodgico a call on: 01271 308091 or visit their website:  http://www.lodgico.co.uk.

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