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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2018 10:01 pm 
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Hi guys,
I have some problem with loft conversion. I'm trying to turn my loft into another bedroom, but unfortunately, there isn't much space for normal stairs. I was thinking about loft ladders, this solution form Fakro https://www.fakro.co.uk/loft_ladders/ would save much space. But there is another problem. My roof above the stairs is in the lowest position on the loft. So I would need to move the entrance to a different place. I can't physically imagine how to do that? Do you have any ideas? I'm not sure if loft ladder is the best option here then.


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If you intend to turn the loft into a bedroom it needs a proper staircase.

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That is going to be a nightmare...


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Is there any way I can move the entrance then? Like I said loft ladder is even hard to fit in now.


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A loft conversion needs to done to building regulations and inspected by building control. Speak to a builder, he will advise.

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Ok thx mate


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Yes, lofts weren't intended to be habitable rooms, so to use them as such there are many formal safety requirements to meet first (such as strong enough floor joists, properly safe access, fire-related contingencies etc. etc.) as well as other responsible stuff these days, like sufficient insulation.

You may have seen some old/historic houses with rather minimal attention to such things. But these days conversions must be done to much higher standards; there can be fines, problems with insurance and with selling the house if these aren't met and subsequently inspected/passed by building control.

Though more importantly, the occupants living and sleeping there would be at greater risk if not done to proper standards. So whilst frustrating and costly at times, it isn't intended to be merely pointless bureaucracy.

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I had a similar problem in that where my stairs would go there was insufficient headroom to allow stairs to sit and you'd end up banging your head before you got to the top step. End of project before it started. Would have needed to change hip roof to a gabled roof and project became unviable.

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A loft room should have a safe passage or route to escape in case of an emergency like fire as per the building regulations, so loft ladder might be a good option for you but at least you should take advise from good local building contractors.


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