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Finishing a loft conversion

Discussion in 'Your Projects' started by Stephencu23, 1 Oct 2019.

  1. Stephencu23

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    Hi

    I have just moved into a new house, which has a loft converted already. However, there are 3 wooden vertical beams that are spread through the middle of the room. Can anyone give me an idea on the best way to remove these?

    Would I be able to get a beam to sit across the top?
    How much would it cost?

    Thanks,

    Stephen
     
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    What do you mean by "converted already"? If the roof supports are still there, doesn't sound converted. If it is boarded, plastered and decorated already, I would guess you'll need to cut out ceiling board and insulation to create a space to put steels. V. messy.

    Photos?
     
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    Yes, it’s boarded, plasterer and decorated already. I’ve attached some pictures.
    How much would something like that cost?
     

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    Was it sold to you has having a converted loft or loft storage space?

    Andy
     
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    @andy, loft storage space.
     
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    Then that means they can not be removed. The loft has been boarded and plastered.

    Andy
     
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    Can the boarding/plaster not be ripped out and re-boarded/plastered after?
     
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    You would be looking to rip everything out, fit steels and go from there.

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    Could you estimate how much the whole job would cost?
     
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    Call out some loft conversion companies and get some quotes.

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    What are you planning to do up there that those posts are stopping you doing? You're in danger of creating a habitable space, some Councils would argue you already have, if you go past that tipping point you're required to comply with Building Regs, which that space clearly doesn't. Realistically, it isn't going to cause you a problem, but it could if you sell the house in future as surveyors and mortgage companies are becoming a bit more switched on when it comes to dodgy loft conversions. No lender, no buyer. There's also a risk that the house wouldn't be insured in certain circumstances.

    Given whoever did it has left the posts in and not done anything in respect of safe access, there's a pretty good chance they didn't bother to construct a safe floor or insulate it properly, which means removing the posts isn't going to get you a great deal. From your pics, if the roof is that steep, I would guess you haven't room to bring in acceptable stairs from anywhere. You would need a dormer to get the necessary headroom.

    I would leave it as it is, or rip it out and start again, but probably leave it as it is.

    Your question is a bit of a how-long is a piece of string question. I've removed a King Truss from our house, I added a new ridge beam using a glulam and reinforced all of the roof rafters, but that means ripping everything out apart from the floor. Cost me maybe £500 in materials and a load of my weekends, but you need a structural engineer, so add a grand for that and then you need to replace all the mess too.
     
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