When considering a loft conversion for your home, the first thing to establish is whether the existing height within your roof is tall enough. The general rule of thumb measurement is 2.2m from the top of the existing ceiling joists to the underside of the ridge – that’s the point in the middle of the roof.
If your roof is lower than 2.2m it generally means a legal loft conversion is not possible, as the finished height within the loft would be under 2m. However, as an alternative, to create the necessary height required to achieve a liveable loft space, your existing ceilings to your upstairs rooms can be removed and the new structural floor can be constructed at a lower level than the original ceiling. Whilst this may slightly eat into the original height of your upstairs rooms, this will create the height necessary for your new loft conversion.
You should be aware that for this process, you will have to vacate your home whilst this work is carried out. The duration of this operation is normally 2 weeks and will come at the very beginning of the build.
For a more detailed look, you can see this process in action when we were featured on The Home Channel’s ‘Make My Home Bigger’
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