A loft conversion adds value and space to your home. All it takes is a little imagination. VELUX Roof Windows would be the ideal product for this situation. Below you’ll find some useful tips you will need to consider before starting your project. You can also browse our galleires for more inspiration.
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Some roof spaces are more easily converted than others and a full assessment requires professional help. But the untrained eye can often work out the basics. Go up into your loft space and take a look around.Is there enough headroom at the centre under the ridge? You ideally need 2.4m clearance, although you may find that you can still get a useful room from as little as 2.1m. A quick check with a tape measure will suffice.Also try to assess whether your roof was built using trussed rafters or purlins, as the latter is much easier to convert into usable loft space.
Positioning your windows
Because roofs tend to be high up, loft spaces often have the best views. And taking a few simple principles into account, you can really make the most of the views from your home.
It’s important to select a window with the right length in relation to where it is on your roof, and the steepness of your roof’s pitch.
||Traditional rafter and purlin roof construction|
This type of roof is ideal for loft conversions as it usually has a reasonably steep pitch and relatively clear spaces between the supporting framework.
||Modern trussed rafter construction|
This type of roof, used widely in Australia, usually has a shallow pitch and more struts. As a result they are more difficult to convert. Look out for thin sections of wood (typically 75mm) and tell-tale rectangular metal plates used to join the timber together. VELUX has skylghts and windows to suit typical truss spacing (eg 550mm wide models for 600mm truss spacing).