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Trussed Roof Loft Conversion in Manchester

This fabulous master bedroom en-suite loft conversion is created by changing the roof structure of a Manchester 4 bedroom detached house.

The formerly unused space was transformed into a beautiful bedroom by replacing the entire roof and raising the ridge height. This created additional room by replacing the original trussed rafters (W shaped) with purpose made attic trusses (A shaped).

Roof Raised

The height of the original roof was too low to meet for minimal head room Building Regulations for a loft conversion for a loft conversion. Most building contractors the client approached declined taking on the work due to its complexity. However, we immediately provided outline plans and a fixed price quote showing what the conversion entailed. We obtained Planning Permission to raise the ridge line and planned the work schedule.

The major construction required a complete change to the roof structure within a single day. The existing truss roof was removed by stripping tiles, slats and W-shaped trusses back to the ceiling level. We then installed precisely manufactured attic trusses to the roof dimensions once they were hoisted onto the roof by crane. Attic trusses are shaped with space in the centre of the structure which becomes the internal room. The roof was then fixed and felted with waterproof, breathable membrane. The entire roof process was completed in a single clear day so the integrity of the building was not compromised by rain water.

In the picture of the gable side wall with pipe work there is a slight variation in the ageing of bricks visible, and the roof is a different pitch compared to the neighbouring roof. The difference between them is the new roof line height. The new roof is more steeply pitched and considerably higher for extra space, beneficial in any loft conversion.

Once the new roof was on, the floor timbers were installed, Velux windows fitted and plumbing and electrics prepared. In the walls, floor and ceiling we installed insulation to latest energy efficient standards and then the bathroom was fitted. The loft stairs, which were constructed off-site to precise measurements, were installed as we broke through the ceiling into the loft. Finally, all walls and ceilings were plastered, the bathroom was tiled and finished and the interior doors upgraded to meet Building Regulations on fire safety. The physical conversion was carried out over a period of four weeks with the minimum of disruption for the client.

En-Suite Bathroom

For convenience and luxury, we designed in an en-suite bathroom to the side of the doorway. The fully tiled bathroom is equipped with a spacious clear fronted shower cubicle, heated towel rail, toilet and washbasin. Recessed ceiling lights light the room and a ventilation fan extracts moisture in the air.

Loft Staircase

The 180 degree turn space-saving loft staircase design preserves the layout of the first floor and minimises the area required for comfortable access to the loft. The balustrade complements the style of the house and loft and the fire door is positioned at the entrance of the loft room rather than the foot of the stairs to retain the feeling of space on the landing.

Loft Lighting

The bedroom, with a floor area the same as the entire house, needed to be assured of adequate light throughout its length. Installing large Velux skylights in the roof ensures natural light floods in throughout the day, accentuating the sloping ceilings and window alcoves that add character to the loft conversion. At night dimmable recessed down lights installed in the ceiling can create any mood.

The walls and ceiling are impeccably plastered and finished in white to ensure a clean crisp look to the finish, which contrasts with the light woodwork.

Loft Storage

Into the far gable end we installed purpose designed fitted cupboards, designed for pitched ceilings. This provides an entire wall of cupboard for clothes storage space. Overhead, the attic trusses helped us preserve an area of storage space in the apex of the roof, and within the knee walls we installed two cupboards.

Cost of Conversion

The total cost of the conversion was £45,000.

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