24 Apr Structural engineer for loft conversion
Do I need loft conversion structural calculations?
For many years, lofts were the spaces in our houses that were overlooked. Used primarily for storage of things that we really didn’t need on a day to day basis. They can become tired, dusty and unloved. Then came a renaissance with families looking to extend their properties upwards rather than outwards. With a little effort and a skilled builder, it was possible to add stairs, reinforce floors. along with adding windows or even an extended dormer for extra space. Suddenly a home had a whole new living area. Three bedrooms goes to four in a few weeks work. But a loft conversion isn’t right for every home. Therefore, if you are considering expanding into the roof, you might need structural engineer costs for your loft conversion.
Can your loft be converted?
Not all lofts are alike and there are a number of factors that you should iron out first, before even looking for quotes or a structural design engineer. One of the most fundamental of these is whether you have the headroom for a conversion? You can start to establish this by looking at other properties in your street. If there is an absence of conversions, then the chances are that others have looked and found it too low. Any doubt, get up in the loft and measure the roof height in the centre. If the space looks okay, next, consider access and how you will get a staircase up there. This may be the time to find a structural engineer to advise you.
What Type of Conversion?
Once you have established that you can convert, you need to consider what type of conversion is going to be the best for you. Some of this may depend upon what type of property you have. You may be looking at a simple roof-light conversion, that places specialist windows into the roof which are able to add natural light and ventilation. If you have more to spend, you may want a dormer with at least one protruding extension, or even a hip-to-gable conversion that works by extending the sloping ‘hip’ roof at the side of your property outwards, to create a vertical ‘gable’ wall for more space.
This sort of build will only usually only work on detached or semi-detached houses, as it requires a free sloping side roof. If you are feeling really extravagant, you might want to consider a Mansard conversion which runs along the whole length of your house’s roof. This will alter the angle of the roof slope, making it almost vertical. Expensive, but worth it, and these are suitable for almost every property type.
Do I need a Structural Engineer for a Loft Conversion?
The simple answer is yes! A loft conversion is a complicated process, so speak to a structural engineer as well as an architect.
Call in the experts
Of course, you shouldn’t proceed beyond even thinking about a conversion without consulting a residential structural engineer. But if the theory is right and you proceed, you are going to need a structural engineer to size any structural beams required. Converting your loft can be expensive, but is ultimately rewarding and will add huge value to your property. Contact your structural engineering consultants to find out more.
Loft Conversion Ideas
If there is one thing, recent events have highlighted, it is the importance of space inside the home. For couples and families alike, having additional room can do wonders for your quality of life. There has been a tremendous increase in demand from homeowners wanting to realise the potential they have locked up in their lofts. Converting the loft space in a home into a functional room not only gives you a whole swathe of options as to how to use the space, and it will also add value to your home.
The possibilities a loft conversion are vast, which is why they are so popular. From a games or play room for the young ones (or young at heart), to a bedroom with an en suite, a studio, or hobby room to escape to, or a self-contained studio for an elderly relative, the choice will be yours. One of the great benefits of a loft conversion is that they draw in the light, thanks to the Velux or dormer windows and their greater height. This makes loft conversions a great prospect for hobby rooms or studios, where good light is important.
The cost of a loft conversion varies and can come in anywhere between £20,000 and £80,000. This largely depends on which type of conversion you will be having, with a basic room conversion likely to cost a maximum of £20,000, a dormer loft conversion between £25,000 and £65,000, depending on whether you opt for an en suite, and both a mansard or hip to gable conversion costing anywhere between £35,000 and £80,000.
Simplify Engineering will be able to design structural elements for a loft conversion to suit any space, detail and specifications. Our dedicated structural engineers have many years of experience in creating structural drawings and plans for projects that have delighted our customers.