Does your loft have a very low ceiling that restricts your ability to use it as a room or as storage? You may have written it off as a space unsuitable for a loft conversions. However, as experts in converting lofts of all shapes and sizes, we have a few suggestions to help you bring to life your low ceiling loft conversion and make it suitable for use.
Is My Low Ceiling Loft Suitable for a Loft Conversion?
The good news is that in most cases, your loft should be suitable for a loft conversion. Whilst loft conversion guidelines have a minimum height requirement if you would like to use your converted loft space as a room, there are plenty of ways to give your loft that much-needed height. As with any other type of loft conversion, such as loft conversions for bungalows or semi-detached loft conversions, there will be some restrictions. These include things such as protected building restrictions and new build house restrictions. However, when you contact Alvaston Loft Conversions, your loft specialist should be able to help guide you through any restrictions.
What Type of Loft Conversion is Best for a Low-Roofed House?
When it comes to making the most of your low ceiling loft space, the type of loft conversion you choose is key. Whilst Velux loft conversions or roof light loft conversions are perfect for attic spaces with plenty of headroom, if your loft ceiling doesn’t give you enough room to stand, adding a window won’t do much to help. Here are a few suggestions for ideal conversion types.
Dormer Loft Conversions for Small Lofts
One of the most popular types of low roof loft conversions is a dormer loft conversion. Dormer loft conversions open up the available floor space of your loft adding height where you need it. They are a popular choice for small loft conversions with low ceilings as they don’t require restructuring the entire roof and can offer great gains with less disruption. Typically, dormer loft conversions are a box-like structure that is added to your roof to increase the height and floor space. Dormer conversions are a great way to increase height for low roof loft conversions.
Hip to Gable Loft Conversions
One of the best options for low roof loft conversions is a hip to gable loft conversion. The reason for this is that this type of attic extension changes the roof height and shape. This can add height to lower sections of your new loft room. The process of a hip to gable loft conversion involves replacing an existing sloped roof in your home with a vertical roof or gable to extend the amount of useable head space in your new loft. If you are struggling with a sloped roof limiting the amount of height in your new loft room, a hip to gable loft conversion could be the perfect solution.
Transform Your Roof Space With a Roof-Lift Loft Conversion
The final type of loft conversion is a roof lift conversion. This is one of the best types of loft conversions for low roofs, particularly if you would like to add an extra bedroom to your loft. Whilst planning permission may be required for this type of conversion, roof lift conversions are one of the best ways to increase the amount of standing room available. If you have particularly low ceilings in your loft, a roof lift conversion could be beneficial. Roof lifts will raise the ridge line of your existing roof, increasing the height and shape of your roof and creating much more roof height in your new loft conversion.
Other Ways to Create Space in Your Low Roof Loft Conversion
Whilst the type of low ceiling loft conversion you choose can make the world of difference when planning your new room, there are a few other ways you can increase the space in your new loft. If your roof can’t be raised, you may be able to lower the ceilings of the room below to create more head space in your loft. If you have high ceilings in the rooms below, which is typical in older properties, this could be a good way to gain height in your loft. Installing thinner but still efficient insulation could also be another method.
When it comes to making the most of the space in your new loft, low ceilings in sections is not necessarily a make or break situation. By strategically planning out where furniture will live and placing items that don’t need the height in lower sections, you’ll be able to maintain the useability of your loft space. Built in-storage in alcoves and where the roof meets the wall is a good example of this.
Looking for Advice on the Best Type of Loft Conversion for your Low Roof Space?
Alvaston Loft Conversions are experts in designing and building the perfect loft conversions to make the most out of your space. To find out more about how we can help bring your dream loft conversion to life, contact our team now online or by calling 01922 402720.