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1930s semi Loft Conversion

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Buscake Thu 09-Jun-16 10:11:00

Hello I'm just looking for some advice about loft conversions. I have a standard 1930s 3 bed semi. 3 children plus us is starting to feel a bit too small, particularly because my eldest has autism and could really do with her own room. I wondered if it would be possible to squeeze two small bedrooms in the loft? Maybe a toilet and shower too?? Then I could move two children up there, two good sized bedrooms on the first floor; then put the bathroom in the box bedroom and repurpose the current bathroom as an office (it's really small 1.5m x 2m).

This is my ideal solution...however it all rests on the possibility of two rooms up there. I know I could get a builder/loft company round for their opinion but I won't have the money for another couple of years. I'd just like to know if it's possible, and if not start to think about possibly moving house. Any help would be great, I have googled and googled but it's hard to find anything that fits what I'm trying to find out.

heron98 Thu 09-Jun-16 10:31:46

My friend just had her loft converted in a 1930s semi. It looks amazing. She has a bedroom and ensuite up there so you could fit two bedrooms I am sure, assuming yours is the same size as hers.

We also live in a 1930s semi but a slightly smaller one so I'm not sure our loft would fit 2 rooms.

Bigbiscuits Thu 09-Jun-16 10:36:35

You can just call a builder in to give you a quote and view on what you could fit up there. No need to commit or spend any money unit you are ready.

A really good guide is what other people on your street have done. See if you can find some estate agent plans for your street online.
Or be brave and ask a neighbour if you could go up and have a peaksmile

whois Thu 09-Jun-16 11:28:56

Yup have a nosey on zoopla and right move and see if any of the houses sold on your street (in the same style as yours) have floor plans and loft conversion - then if they do you can go to the house and ask them if you can take a look :-)

Buscake Thu 09-Jun-16 14:37:29

Thanks for the replies smile the area I live in is really weird-lots of different styles and ages of houses on each street. I have been trying to spot similar houses with loft conversions so I could nose online, but there aren't that many that have been done recently. I think the footprint of the house is roughly 50sqm. I've got a builder coming to finish off a cupboard in the next week or two, so I could ask him. He built my extension, so I don't want to get his hopes up! I now know how much big building jobs can overrun money wise, so definitely need to save up first!

Thelovecats Fri 10-Jun-16 17:52:18

It depends on the shape of your roof- whether it is gable end or hipped. also you have to have a landing at the top of the stairs usually to comply to fire regulations which reduces the useful space up there too.
Get a builder or an architect to give you an opinion maybe.

namechangedtoday15 Sat 11-Jun-16 09:12:06

I think it really depends. We don't have quite enough head height - I think it needs to be 210cm so you'd have to see how much of the space actually has that height and therefore how feasible it is to have 2 rooms. Obviously if you need dormers then the price increases. A loft company will come and check for you without charge or obligation.

Fridayschild5 Sat 11-Jun-16 09:55:53

Hello buscake, I live in a 1930s terraced house in w. london and have just completed a loft conversion plus ensuite. The room is much smaller than I had hoped for despite having the dormer so I think it would be quite difficult to accomodate two rooms. The bathroom is a good size so I guess that probably could have been a little bit smaller. Bear in mind wherever your stairs to the loft are positioned on first floor, you may lose some of the room beside them. The wall of our boxroom had to be moved in about 1ft and door repositioned etc. Your house may be bigger than hours as semi detached so your loft conversion may be larger. I had got carried away looking at lots of pics on pinterest of amazing loft conversions and was a bit disappointed. I would say the bedroom part of our loft conversion is about 1.5 times the size of one of our bedrooms. Like you we have two bigger bedrooms and a boxroom.

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