Friday, 12 February 2010

Loft Conversion

A loft can be an upper story or attic or basement in a building, directly under the roof. Alternatively, it can be a loft apartment which is a large adaptable open space either created or converted for residential use.

A loft conversion is the process of transforming an empty attic space into a functional room, typically used as either living accommodation or storage space. Loft conversions are one of the most popular forms of home improvement in the UK as a result of their numerous perceived benefits.
It is fairly common to convert a loft instead of moving home, with the most common additions being an extra bedroom or study.
A measurement of 2.3 metres is required to allow enough headroom although you may find that you can still get a useful room from as little as 7ft (2.1m) and there must be at least 2 metres clearance above the position of the access stairs. The roof should be checked for any signs that rainwater is entering the roof space. The appearance of dark stains on the roof rafters is a strong indication that this problem exists. Repairs to the roof are usually carried out during the works as part of the loft conversion process due to the construction of dormers and fitting roof windows.

Roof windows are often an attractive option for homeowners due to their ability to fit into the line of the roof.The installation of such windows will provide the loft space with substantial light.
A dormer is a window-featured extension of the roof, usually installed to provide more space and headroom within the loft, in addition to improved staircase access.
Other lofts
A commercial loft refers to a building that has ceilings over 17 feet (5 m) in height and a second story area for storage or offices above.
A live/work loft is a space designed to house a resident and their business.
A raised area or gallery in a shipyard where workers stand while fitting rigging.
A large, open, high ceilinged space where parachute riggers re-pack parachutes into parachute containers.
A large open space used by sailmakers to spread out sails
Some churches have a choir loft, where the singers stand or sit during services.

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