Loft Rooms For Storage Study Hobby
Do you want something a little more special than just loft
Do you need some extra space for a storage that's easier, cleaner and safer to use?
Do you need some clean dry insulated safe to use extra space for storage instead of that dreary, dusty cobwebbed loft? The misses frightened of spiders?
We can board out your loft space to create an area to use as a cleaner insulated more useable loft storage area.
Our luxury storage rooms include wood fold away steps for easier access or simple stow away aluminum folding loft ladders and concertina ladders.
We can open up your existing loft hatch to make it bigger and more accessible so you can use your loft properly.
We strengthen and raise your existing joists to support the new room and so you can add or keep your loft insulation when we install the new floor.
We can stud walls and roof batten, install the latest technology eco loft thermal bubble layer foil wall and roof insulation then put up plasterboard walls (Dry-lined or plaster skimmed).
Plaster boarding will prevent you falling over or off the storage area so make it safer to use your loft.
Thermal foil bubble insulation on the walls and roof will prevent the extremes of temperature change in a loft thus providing a more stable temperature for storing in your loft.
We even add skirting boards to trim neatly, ventilation and electrical air extraction for when in use, balustrades, safety rails, smoke alarms and lighting.
Why not add access doors to eaves to create much needed storage in the harder to access areas.
- NO PLANNING PERMISSION REQUIRED
- IN MOST CASES BUILDING CONSENT OR
INSPECTION IS NOT REQUIRED
(IF IN DOUBT CHECK WITH YOUR LOCAL BUILDING CONTROL)
- CREATE A DRY CLEANER SAFER TO USE STORAGE ROOM
- COLLECTORS OR EBAY STORAGE
- ROOM FOR OCCASIONAL LIGHT USE
So what's the difference between just loft boarding and a mini loft conversion / luxury loft storage?
They are cleaner and more dust free, a sealed storage area, ideal for people with allergy's.
Keeps out the spiders, flies and wasps and stops you walking in to cobwebs.
The insulated roof and walls help control the extreme fluctuations of hot and cold temperature changes and makes it more stable for storing items that could be effected by extreme cold and heat changes.
The plaster boarded roof and walls keep everything in and prevents anything from falling out on to your ceiling and also you from falling into a none boarded area.
A more suitable environment for browsing through your keep sakes and belongings and occasional use.
How much does it cost?
Prices start as low as £4000 on average for a small 2 bed terraced size house fully fitted including materials and labour depending on the area you required to convert, but its definitely a lot more affordable than a full loft conversion. We offer FREE no obligation surveys by a trained installer.
Guide Price Examples
There is no set price as all houses and lofts can be different
and customers also have different requirements.
A survey will be required to determine actual price. Actual prices based on storage floor square metres and room cubic capacity
|2 - 3 BED TERRACED HOUSE (APPROX. 12m²)||£4000 - £6000|
|3 - 4 BED SEMI OR DETACHED HOUSE (APPROX. 15m²)||£6000 - £8000|
|4 - 5 BED SEMI OR DETACHED HOUSE (APPROX. 20m²)||£8000 - £10000|
ACTUAL PRICE IS ALSO BASED ON FLOOR STRENGTHENING AND
THE AREA TO BE BOARDED, INSULATION TYPE, CUBIC CAPACITY OF ROOM
WHAT ELECTRICAL WORK IS REQUIRED LIKE LIGHTS AND VENTILATION.
SKIRTING BOARDS, HOW MANY LOFT EAVE ACCESS DOORS - TYPE OF WOOD LOFT HATCH AND WOOD LADDER MODEL
DRY LINE FINISH OR PLASTER SKIMMED OPTION - READY TO DECORATE
*** AT PRESENT WE DO NOT INSTALL VELUX WINDOWS OR ELECTRICAL SOCKETS ***
YOU CAN HOWEVER CHOOSE TO HAVE THESE INSTALLED YOURSELF BY A COMPANY OF YOUR CHOICE
How long does it take to do?
Depending on how big your loft it to start with but for example 2/3 bed house can take only 5 days but this will be determined by the surveyor when he visits and he will advise on approximately how long it could take. Air-flex thermal roof and wall insulation.
So what's the advantage of having a luxury storage room?
Well for one thing it keeps the spiders at bay, it clean and not as venerable to the elements that a roof void is exposed to such as extremely hot days and freezing cold days causes huge increases and decreases in loft temperature.
With the foil bubble thermal insulated shield we install behind the plasterboard it prevents the cold and heat getting through and keep the heat in the room to.
If it gets a bit warm we do normally install an electrical air vent extractor and you can even go ahead and have a Velux roof window installed for some natural light and air.
Why is it important to put ventilation in?
Air-flex thermal roof and wall insulation We always recommend installing some kind of ventilation or extractor simply to keep the air flowing in your new loft room.
It can get very warm and stuffy without any air movement even if the loft hatch is open warm air rises and forms above the highest point in your loft and has nowhere to escape which is why we always install either mechanical vents or electric extractors to help pull round the air in you loft room.
Also its a good idea to allow air to flow around your loft room so that the remaining eaves and general areas can also have adequate ventilation to prevent any condensation build up.
The raised floor we use to board on to is also designed and installed in such away as to allow air to flow underneath your floor and around your insulation.
This is also very important as boarding directly on to your joists is not good practice and will cause major problems.
What is a sub-frame for?
Sub-frames are basically a supporting frame under the boarding to allow the boarded area to be raised or for adding better support and strength.
See examples of different sub-frames we use to create a safe, strong storage floor in your loft.
The sub-frame we install is not installed directly on tot he exsiting ceiling, unlike others. We install ours upto 300mm above your ceiling and supported by the structure of your house.
Boarding directly on to your joists by removing or squashing insulation is bad practice nowadays and may even affect your building insurance or building warranties.
Today everything in the building trade has to be done in accordance with building regulations and the rules must not be broken. a Sub-frame will allow your insulation and loft to breathe.
Stopping air circulation in lofts by boarding all of your loft or blocking eaves and roof or soffit vents can caused problems like condensation build up.
Never squash loft insulation down, and if you use a sub-frame above your insulation do not box in the ends leave them so air can pass underneath your storage floor and insulation so it can work efficiently. A sub-frame can also be built in wood depending on the type of loft you have, but this will be accessed when the survey is carried out.
What sort of access will I need?
There are various types of loft access the most popular, especially for converting your loft in to a storage room is to have installed an easy to use fold away wood ladder and hatch frame with a extra long door opening starting at 1.1m long. These makes access easy especially those of us that are not so confident on standards metal rung ladder as these ladder have wide tread steps.
The wood options come standard with wide treads so a lot like a solid pair of step ladders which are attached to the back of the loft door so they are easy to operate with a spring loaded assist on the door. We can also install special fixed staircases (providing you have the room) . We don't recommend fitting a smaller hatch with aluminium ladders as access will be too small to use as a room.
If your ceiling is within reach of 3.2m we can install timber loft ladders with extra long hatch.
Can you replace my old loft hatch?
In some cases it can be as simple as removing the old one and fitting the new one, but older house tend to need the hatch making large to accept a new style hatch required to access your loft to use as a room.
Its always better to have your access sorted out so you can use you loft storage room properly without making hard work trying to get through small openings which in most case will not even accept a ladder unless they are the right size.
If your loft hatch is a lift off type either in wood or plastic then we are certain it will need to be replaced with a new energy efficient larger timber hatch door and frame.
The next step
If you are interested in a luxury loft room for clean sealed storage or light hobby then why not call to arrange a
FREE no obligation survey so we can explain what will be the best option and what we can offer you.
All lofts are different and do require a survey to determine the requirements like material, labour involved and also most importantly to check your loft is suitable to have this work done. Its not as complicated as a full loft conversion, but then a luxury loft room is only for storage and occasional use and doesn't require all that major work normally associated with full loft conversions.
Maybe you want a hobby room, home office, study or a clean storage area or maybe even an eBay stock room or somewhere to set up a train set or car racing set. This is not a full loft conversion, and not to be used as a living or habitable room.
We never recommend these rooms are used for sleeping in or using as a temporary bedroom as this would involve complying to building and fire regulations similar a full loft conversion. We only build rooms suitable for storage and occasional light use.
If you require a quote for a loft room simply call us on our central enquiries number for the Northwest of England 0800 8799967 or you can e-mail us by clicking here