Loft Conversions by John Coutts

By John Coutts

Family loft conversions have won significantly in acceptance as a manner of delivering more room with no the enormous expense of relocating apartment. One 3rd of all new construct homes have lofts that may be used for habitation.

This ebook presents a technical handbook for building practitioners, in addition to the self-build marketplace at the technical, layout and regulatory facets of loft conversions for dwellings.

Chapter 1 making plans and criminal issues (pages 1–15):
Chapter 2 The development laws and development keep an eye on (pages 16–26):
Chapter three exterior varieties (pages 27–44):
Chapter four fireplace (pages 45–73):
Chapter five Conversion Survey (pages 74–88):
Chapter 6 Beams and first constitution (pages 89–109):
Chapter 7 flooring constitution (pages 110–142):
Chapter eight Wall constitution (pages 143–167):
Chapter nine Roof constitution (pages 168–199):
Chapter 10 strength Conservation (pages 200–218):

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E – Floor beam. This is an element of structure and requires 30-minute fire resistance. F – New floor. 30-minute fire resistance. G – Internal walls, partitions and elements of structure. These require 30-minute fire resistance. H – Spread of flame. The use of conventional plasterboard and plaster finishes will generally satisfy the requirement to inhibit internal fire spread. Note that additional requirements for specific types of conversions are covered in subsequent drawings. WARNING AND ESCAPE Satisfying the requirement to provide appropriate means of escape from a loft conversion is sometimes a complex task.

Other cladding and roofing materials that may be considered include lead, zinc, copper, timber and GRP. Equally, expanded metal lathing may be fixed to the vertical studwork, and render applied. Dormer cheeks may be glazed, rather than clad, in order to improve daylighting. Where this is proposed, the questions of overlooking and the practical difficulties of cleaning the external face of the glazing panels, which are generally fixed, must be addressed. Traditional dormer forms are generally described by roof rather than window shape.

Daylighting within the conversion is provided either by vertical windows (which by virtue of the sloping mansard face will be dormers in their own right), by roof windows set in the same plane as the mansard slope, or by recessed windows. In contemporary practice, the upper roof slope is generally configured External forms 35 as a conventional flat roof laid to fall towards the face; guttering and fascia are, of course, not provided at the junction between the slopes. Care should be taken in detailing the junction.

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