This Ceredigion loft conversion is an example of a cost effective way to add living space and enhance the value of a property. This is particularly true with this attic truss roof near Cardigan, as the original dwelling was a bungalow. The use of an extended flat roof dormer has allowed the maximum space to be gained whilst maintaining the original roof line.
With this particular project, a number of issues had to be addressed which are worth noting when adding attic trusses to an existing dwelling.
If the original roof line to is to be maintained, is the attic space gained a viable alternative to a traditional extension?
Although in this instance, the attic room dimensions were potentially quite small extending the building was certainly not a possibility. The use of an extended, flat roof dormer meant the room space became more than adequate.
Is the existing structure capable of supporting the new attic loadings?
It is generally accepted foundations of external and where required, internal walls will be checked. However this is not always the case with lintels over openings. The original concrete lintels may not be adequate to support the new attic truss loads. If you have any doubts, have an engineer check this for you.
Is there room for access?
Staircases require a considerable amount of space, make sure your design allows for this. Also make sure there is sufficient headroom to accommodate the top of the staircase or landing.