Loft conversions differ from an attic conversion in that whilst an attic conversion usually incorporates the whole floor, a loft conversion is usually exposed in some respect to the floor below via a balcony or balustrade.
A loft can be as simple as a small space for a single bed or sitting area, to a full blown living space with kitchenette and bathroom facilities. Other uses for loft conversions include a home office, gym, art or music studio, library or teenagers retreat.
Either way, loft conversions in Australia are usually required to have minimum height clearance of 2.2 metres for at least two thirds of the space. This means that the right type of roof or roof extensions with adequate pitch and clearance is needed. Either that, or you can opt to have your roof adjusted or lifted to increase the roof height for a loft conversion as well.
Special attention also has to be given to whether the underlying structure of a loft conversion is sound enough to support the additional weight. The assessment of a structural engineer in these cases is usually required. As a general guideline a weight bearing capacity of 150kg/m2 is required to allow for weight bearing of people and furniture above.
Loft conversion ideas
A proper loft conversion has many potential beneficial uses, such as a:
- home office
- home gym
- teenager retreat
- guest room
- sitting area
- games room
- rumpus room or living area
- art or music studio
- walk in wardrobe
Interested in a loft conversion? Speak to our expert builders at Bushewood Building Company. We pride ourselves on delivering great quality construction work that is custom made for our clients unique needs.
We offer a free no-obligation quote and initial site visit to discuss your plans. Together, we can work together on your loft conversion to bring additional style and space to your home.