Structural Engineers for Various Conversions in South West
Conversion of loft space into domestic accommodation provides invaluable additional accommodation which can be cost effective compared to moving to a larger property. Providing sufficient headroom exists in the loft and it is possible to accommodate a staircase compliant with the Building Regulations, then loft conversions are often viable.
We have undertaken structural design and detailing for many loft conversions, one of which was featured on the television programme "Better Homes". Many loft conversions are fairly straightforward to design, but some have proven to be very complex, particularly where the roofs are of hipped construction. We are experienced in practically and cost effectively converting very complicated roof structures.
It is essential for structural design to be undertaken to ensure stability of the roof structure as well as the new floor to safely support domestic loading. It is normally necessary to provide additional support to a roof, particularly if existing props and trusses are to be removed to form the room. Additional weight of plasterboard and insulation also has to be accounted for in the design. The floor needs to be designed to support domestic loading and attic ceiling joists are rarely sufficient.