One of the most popular ways of creating extra space within a house these days is by converting the loft.
The great appeal of a loft or attic conversion is that it provides an option to add accommodation without extending the building itself and perhaps taking up valuable garden space.
Where there is a need to create extra bedroom and possibly bathroom space, the homeowner can do so within a roof void that is at best likely only to be used otherwise for storage.
However, it is worth noting that not every property will be suitable for a project such as this.
Firstly, there is a need to examine and carefully consider the existing space beneath the roof.
It is vital to ensure the pitch, head height and structure will allow for the creation of useable rooms within it, and there may also be chimney stacks, which interfere with the space.
Furthermore, a new staircase will be required and fitting this in can be problematic in some situations.
Therefore, the initial stage of any consideration of a loft conversion will involve a preliminary meeting at which a specialist will be able to give an opinion on the viability.
There may be planning issues with the position of skylight windows and dormers, particularly in a conservation area but, again, Howie Architects is able to advise on this.
Loft conversions need to be carried out sensitivity in order to enhance a home.
The external appearance of a roof with a loft conversion can sometimes look ugly where no thought has gone into the external appearance.
Among the many other considerations for a loft conversion, Howie Architects would look as far as possible at dormer construction that looked elegant and blended into the existing roofline as sympathetically as possible.