buildingMore than a romantic cliche, loft conversions are now very fashionable, especially the hip to gable type. But such an arrangement requires a lot of planning and preparation.

Today, the space under roofing of the houses is very often occupied by parts of life. The lack of land to build on people to renovate their attics into a loft. And the price of housing encourages families to use every cubic centimeter to the highest degree.

They would also be wrong to not do a loft conversion when we know that the volume under-roof can represent up to 30% of the total interior space of the house! However, the layout of this space often proves to be restrictive, as the roof sections limit the heights and generate residual spaces that are difficult to exploit. Such a project, therefore, requires a professional to do it. Plus there are regulations to follow.

The plan and the cut

The first step, when creating a space under the roof, is to draw precisely the plan and the cut of what one would like to achieve. You need to plan by a view from above, on which you can determine the place of the partitions, stairs, doors, various functions, furniture, etc. The cut, on the other hand, is a “cut-out” diagram of the house. As if we had sliced the building in the direction of the height and that we looked at it from above. This drawing essentially makes it possible to visualize the heights below the ceiling.

The loft dimensions

The cut and the plan will allow, as a first step, to determine the really habitable space for the loft, that is to say, the area where it is possible to stand comfortably standing, that is, at a minimum, 2 m under slope. In the respect of the rules of art, all the places of circulation will be at least 2 m high, even 2 m 10.

For the attic access staircase (also see below), the headlamp, that is the height between each step and the roof, must be 2 m 10 minimum. For the roof surface to be ideally exploited, it will be necessary that the level of the bottom of the roof is located at least 80 cm above the floor level of this floor. If this is not the case, the loft will only be used for storage.

Loft Functions

Room, office, bathroom, kitchen, living room, TV corner, painting workshop, games room … Today, any function can be placed under roof, as long as the place has the necessary technical equipment and that these rooms are well organized with respect to the slope of the roof and the available space. A dormer conversion like this is one of the more popular options.

The Loft Dividers

Two options are available to the occupants in terms of attic layout. The first: create a landscaped space, loft type, where the functions are separated only by furniture, differences in texture on the ground, lighting effects. This installation has the advantage of giving a sense of space and offers a complete vision of the frame, which can be very interesting in a renovation. The other option is to have a more closed off type. Whatever one you choose is up to you.