Structural Engineer for Loft Conversions
Loft Conversion Engineers
If you need a structural engineer for home extensions our Wakefield based team can help with all the requirements for your project.
Loft Conversion Structural Engineers
Lofts are the forgotten spaces in our homes that we used to store things like old furniture, clothes and other items. They can become tired or dusty over time but now they’ve come back into style with families looking for an extra room within their property – loafer upper floors give you all this without adding on any more outside space! With just a little bit more effort from skilled builders it is possible make your home liveable again by renovating these outdated areas while also creating something new inside too; three bedrooms turn into four after only weeks work so don’t miss out. The structural engineer is an important part of the process if you plan to convert your home into a loft. They will check for any potential problems and help make sure that everything goes smoothly during construction, which saves time down the road!
WF Design can help you convert your loft into an additional room. We have the knowledge and experience to make sure that it suits all of our client’s needs, whether they are looking for a master bedroom with ensuite or dressing area in addition to other spaces such as children’s rooms! The space is already inside one household – so why not utilise this wasted opportunity?
Our team of professionals can design a space that is perfect for your needs, no matter what you are looking to do with it. We understand the importance and versatility each room has in creating an entire house but don’t let this stop us from giving out some advice on how our talented architects could make sure every inch becomes something special. A loft conversion or roof extension should provide enough extra living area without compromising any other important functions such as accessibility downstairs.
Converting Your Loft Space
Can Your Loft Be Converted?
The conversion of an attic space into a loft could be one way for homeowners to increase the value and functionality. However, not all lofts are created equal so before you start looking at quotes or designing check with your local authorities whether this would work in yours by measuring roof height from center-floor level if possible – otherwise use some common sense principles like making sure there’s enough headroom throughout whole house before committing too much time up here! This may be the time to get in touch with WF Design so that can help you with your building project.
When converting a property, the type of conversion that’s best for you will depend on what your specific needs are. For example: if all you want is natural light and ventilation in addition to an additional roof space without adding too much cost or structural complexity then there may be more affordable options than specialized windows placed throughout entire roofs which can provide both amenities easily enough without being too intricate; however another option could include protruding extensions onto homes with dormer designs – these allow dwellers who live high up off ground level easier access into rooms below them by creating wide open spaces at cliff face sides rather than closing them off completely like traditional hip-to.
Benefits of Loft Conversions
Loft conversions offer a variety of possibilities, and are therefore very popular. You can either convert the space into something fun like games or play room for children (or young at heart), an en suite bedroom with bathroom located upstairs as well as downstairs if needed; there’s also studio apartments that have been made especially comfortable because they’re built on higher floors so you have more light during daytime hours!
One great benefit about these lofts is how much better air circulation it provides due to its greater height- which means your home will feel less stuffy summertime when everyone else says “it looks hot”.
The cost for a loft conversion varies depending on what type you want, with basic room conversions coming in at about £20k-£80K. A dormer and en suite option may increase that price range by less than 10%. The most expensive styles are both mansard or hip to gable designs which can be anywhere between £35k – 80k.
How Much Does A Loft Conversion Cost?
Loft Conversion Design Ideas
Loft conversions offer a variety of possibilities, and are therefore very popular. You can either convert the space into something fun like games or play room for children (or young at heart), an en suite bedroom with bathroom located upstairs as well as downstairs if needed; there’s also studio apartments that have been made especially comfortable because they’re built on higher floors so you have more light during daytime hours! All good designs should achieve what you need whilst being buildable in accordance with the Building Regulations and your budget. To help put that into context, some of the most common key areas to consider are:
- Height is a major factor in making these rooms work as the roof pitch will generally pitch down to the floor.
- We recommend that you have a minimum of 2.4 Meters (8 foot) from the top of the ceiling joist to underside of the rafters.
- Staircases need 2M headroom over at least half of the tread. The new stairs will also have to form part of the escape route which needs to be protected from fire for a period of 30 minutes.
- Windows can be put in the roof using Velux’s, gable ends or built into a new dormer.
If you are putting a bathroom in the roof you need to think about the waste as it can be difficult to get new pipework through the floor. On 2nd floors or rooms with a finished floor over 4.5 but under 7.5 meters you need a sealed/protected landing top or bottom.
When you have determined the best position for the stairs, landing, and structural elements, you can then begin to design the rooms. Sloping roofs can be hard to work around, but with the correct layout, they create a nice feature.
It is best to work with the shapes you have and let each room get the full triangular profile where possible. Adding a dormer can create extra space and add features to the external roof too. Be careful when choosing the material finish outside as sometimes the small dormer side/cheeks will not look good if you try matching the tiles.
The dormer is different, and you cannot always blend it in. Choose finishes that enhance the angles and make if prominent and purposeful. Velux windows are the most obvious way to light the room.
Other options are building up the gable, forming hip dormers, and in some situations putting a new roof on. Depending on the planning limitation due to the surrounding properties it may well best to put a new roof on, this can be designed around what you really want and surprisingly not much more to the build if you use attic trusses.
Loft Conversion Options
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One of the simplest and cheapest ways to convert your loft is by adding a fixed staircase and velux windows. When there is ample headspace already there is no need to add a dormer or hip to gable conversion
Dormer Loft Conversions
A dormer loft conversion is an extension to the existing roof that projects vertically from the plane of a hipped/sloping roof. A dormer will give you extra headroom and additional floor space.
Hip To Gable Loft Conversions
A hip to gable loft conversions essentially extends your property by replacing the sloping roof with a vertical wall, also known as a gable. The space will feel more like a regular room rather than the loft space.
Loft Conversion Design Fee
At WF Design we understand that a key question is how much are our engineering services going to cost? The answer is not always a straight forward one and there are a number of factors that will influence the fee. Our approach to costing is based on a percentage fee of the estimated build cost with allowance for any specific considerations. This allows us to ensure that each project is reviewed for its own individuality.
We have developed an online tool to help give you an idea of how much the structure design for your project might cost. Once you have followed the steps in the estimator tool, you will receive an email copy of this for reference. We will then get in touch using the details that you provide to discuss further and offer a formal quotation.
It must be noted that the estimator tool is a preliminary cost only and needs to be validated by one of our engineers before a formal quote is offered.
We are confident in our approach to costing projects and its fairness along with the quality of our designs, and each project is reviewed on its own merits before a final cost is agreed. Once agreed our fees are a fixed rate unless the scope of works is changed by the client – there are no hidden extras. When choosing an engineer for your project, like most things, the cheapest is not always the best. Be sure to know fully what you are paying for and that it is appropriate for your requirements.
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