The simplest way to use a loft space is to convert it from a dusty storage area into a habitable room. You need to factor in whether there is enough space without extending the roof, or if you will need to build out in some way.
In a typical pitched roof space, it is common that there is only sufficient headroom to stand in the central zone beneath the ridge of the roof, the higher the ridge (depending on the angle of the roof) the wider this zone will be.
Before you can start moving into your loft space there are two important structural factors to solve. Firstly, there will probably be a number of angled timber members crossing the loft space. These need to be removed, but as they perform an important function, the structural support for the roof will need to be changed to allow their removal. This need not be a major task, but it is vital that it is designed and executed correctly.
Secondly the floor of a typical loft space is simply the ceiling joists of the room below. There will not have been designed to carry the weight of a floor, so it is usual to install new floor joists. Make sure that the new floor joists do not touch the ceiling joists below, as this will form a good acoustic break between the separate rooms.
When working out how much space there will be in your loft, make allowance to lose some height due to adding a thicker floor (typically 150mm/6in) and insulation in the roof thickness (usually 75-100mm/3-4in).
The great thing about loft spaces is that, with a little imagination, you can use all of the space, even that which is too low to stand up in. There are a number of clever storage solutions for the eaves (low part), an example will be a bespoke furniture designed angled wardrobe pulled out like a drawer.
A loft space is likely to be the largest unused space within a house, so utilising it is usualy one of the most cost-effective ways to enlarge your home.
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