Business owner JJ’s large loft conversion includes a spacious home office, guest bedroom with en-suite, a small study/bedroom plus storage space under the eaves.
JJ and his wife Sue moved into their brand-new house in 1990 and while it was perfect for them as their son grew, later they needed more flexible living space.
“When we first moved in I removed the hatch cover and poked my head up into the attic, I was amazed to find myself looking into a huge space,” said JJ.
“The span was about 8m across and the height in the centre was about 4m up to the top but it was completely filled by roof trusses. A forest of timber rafts and supports stretching out in every direction. My instant thought was this had great potential in future for a loft conversion.
But it wasn’t until years later that the couple built a two-storey side extension and loft conversion, adding an extra 1,000 sq ft of living space. The total cost was £150,000.
JJ had plans drawn up and planning permission was granted within one month. After appointing a builder, the first big question was should they have a temporary roof over the top of the house or could they do without?
The builder was confident they didn’t need one. “We were building during the summer months and as it turned out the weather was kind,” said JJ, adding “This ended up being a considerable cost saving.”
How to strengthen the roof beams was another big decision. While wood beams are used for small loft conversions, steam beams are usually required for larger ones. However steel beams are costly, take up a lot of space and are difficult to install.
After investigating various options, JJ chose an innovative aluminium ‘telebeam’ which kept costs down while providing the necessary extra support for the weight of a new floor. They are light-weight which meant they could be lifted into the roof space without a crane.
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