From the increased value it gives your home, to the extra space for a spare bedroom, bathroom, home office or leisure area. But having your loft converted into an extra living area comes with certain restrictions in terms of building regulations, and some of these relate to the addition of a staircase.
Does a Loft Conversion Need a Staircase?
A staircase in a loft conversion isn’t strictly required by law, but is essential for a number of reasons.
Firstly, fire safety is greatly compromised if your only means of escape from your loft is a ladder. Violation of fire regulations can be a legal issue, and insufficient means of escape could invalidate house insurance in the event of a blaze.
Secondly, a converted loft without a permanent staircase doesn’t constitute a separate living space, which means that the added property value you get from a loft extension will be lost. This is a massive consideration, as a home with an attic conversion that is used as a spare bedroom, bathroom, office or other space can see the resale price increase by tens of thousands of pounds.
So how do you know which staircase is right for your loft conversion?
In smaller homes, the idea of adding a whole new staircase could seem counterproductive to creating more space with your loft conversion – particularly when you consider that recommendations suggest that there should be at least 1.8-2m of headroom at the top. There are a number of options available to you when it comes to saving space with your staircase.
For example, spiral staircases rise vertically upwards, taking up much less room on the floor below (although this style is perhaps impractical for carrying furniture up and down, and can be hazardous for young children).
A straight or winder staircase can be best for access, but require more space in the room or hallway below the loft. However, the space below the staircase could be utilised as extra storage.
Straight, winder or spiral designs all offer different stylistic attributes, and many loft conversion specialists can create custom made staircases that fit with any existing stairs in your home, matching spindles, handrails, colour schemes and more.
For the more adventurous, a â€œfloatingâ€ staircase, with gaps between each step giving the impression that the stairs are suspended in mid-air provides a striking aesthetic, while steel or even glass stairs suggest a modern and minimalistic look.
LMB Loft Conversions
Here at LMB, our expert team are on hand to take care of your loft conversion from design to sign off. We work closely with you to ensure that your ever requirement is met to the highest standard, and can provide advice on selecting the staircase more suited to the needs of your extension.
For more information, don’t hesitate to get in touch with LMB Loft Conversions today.