Whether you’re expecting an addition to your family or you just want to make better use of the space in your home, transitioning your loft is an exciting and educational experience for any homeowner. Not only is converting your loft an excellent way to boost your property value, it’s a great technique that will provide your house with a fresh new look. In this guide, I’ll educate you on proper DIY methods and provide insight on how to perform a suitable loft conversion for your Sheffield home.
How To Plan Your Loft Conversion If You are in Sheffield
Now that you’ve decided to renovate your loft, there are a couple of key steps that you’ll need to focus on. Following these instructions will ensure that your planning process is a breeze.
- Create a budget. Before you begin any kind of project, it’s always crucial to understand how much it will cost and what you can realistically afford to spend. In the UK, loft conversions average around £25,000.
- Make an assessment. In order to convert your loft into a finished room, you will need to measure the dimensions of the room. To accomplish this, you should calculate future surface areas, the height of overhead space, and locate any potential obstructions that will hinder forthcoming renovations.
- Draw a blueprint. It doesn’t need to be an architectural masterpiece, but you should take the time to record your loft dimensions and draw a proportionate layout. You won’t be able to take your loft with you when you head to B&Q for supplies, but you can bring your blueprint.
Note: There are a few instances where it will be mandatory to gain permission for completing your desired addition. You should consult your local planning department if:
- The dormer is beyond the existing roof slope.
- You live in a specially designated area.
- The newly converted space is more than 50m³, or 40m³ for a terraced home.
- The dormer is higher than the highest point of the roof.
- The dormer is within 20cm of the eaves.
Steps To Properly Renovating Your Loft
Choosing the right supplies can be the difference between having a loft that is structurally sound or unstable. The same can be said about your bank account. Many times, homeowners fall into the pitfalls of purchasing top brands at top dollar, unaware that quality supplies can be found for a fraction of the cost. Ńow that you’ve planned your loft conversion, let’s take a look at what steps you will to take to achieve your goal.
- Insulation. First, you should start by insulating the roof. To do this, fill the gap between your rafters using 70mm insulation. Making sure to leave a 50mm gap between the roof and insulation. Next, secure 30mm of insulation to the rafters. This process is pretty straightforward and can be accomplished by homeowners of various DIY backgrounds.
Xtratherm and Quinntherm are good insulation brands to consider. Single sheets sell for an average of £30 per board.
- New joists will most likely need to be installed, as the existing joists are probably unable to support a conversion floor. You will need to consult your building regulations department to evaluate your home. They will provide you with the correct joist measurements for your project and instructions on how to safely install your joists.
- Flooring. Now that you’ve insulated the roof and installed the approved joists, it’s time to finalize the renovation of your new loft with flooring. First, you’ll need to insulate the floor. Building regulations require 100mm of fiberglass insulation. Floor insulation can be placed by looping chicken wire over each joist, allowing the insulation to rest in place. Next, it’s time to clear any remaining debris and lay the floorboards. This step must be completed to lay a foundation for carpet or alternative flooring.
I recommend Knauf insulation for your floor, which is sold in 14m rolls at £24 each. For more information on how to insulate your floor and install floorboards, refer to:
- Windows should be installed to allow natural light into your loft, which will ultimately save you money with your energy bill. The most trouble-free technique to livening your loft is to use rooflights that follow the pitch line of the roof. To achieve this, simply remove the tiles and battens in the position that the rooflight will be fitted. You may need to cut the rafters to create room for the rooflight. Next, secure the rooflight frame within the new opening and add the flashings.
Pine Centre and White Timber are both great brands to consider, and offer rooflight windows for £300 to £375.
- Staircase. To ensure that you make the best use of available height above the staircase, you’re going to want to line the end of the staircase to the roof ridge. If need be, you can place a rooflight at the top of the staircase to gain additional height. The height should be at least 2m above the pitch line.
- For step by step instructions on how to build your staircase, including detailed dimension regulations, visit:
What Do I Do Now?
Now that you’ve completed the renovation process, you should begin focusing on how you wish to furnish your new living area. This is totally up to the homeowner and can be accomplished in a variety of ways. To give you some ideas, I’ve provided several examples of furnished loft conversions:
Congratulations on executing the groundwork to your loft conversion! Remember, you have the freedom to enjoy the new addition of your home in a variety of ways. By following this simple layout, your recently transformed loft can now be furnished, decorated, and adored within your household.