General loft, loft hatch and loft access information

14 Jan 2021
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United Kingdom
I'm looking for some general information about lofts to help me with a project but I can't find much online and I can't even visit friends and family to have a look at theirs so I would be grateful if anyone with experience of lofts you could enlighten me on the questions below:

- Do most houses have a loft?

- Where is the loft hatch usually located? (landing or bedrooms?)

- Is there usually a lot of space around the loft hatch? (i.e. is it usually located far from walls and doors?)

- Are loft hatches usually the same shape and size?

- Does the hatch usually open inwards or outwards?

- What is the most common method of accessing a loft? (portable ladder or ladder attached to the hatch?)

- Is the floor inside the loft usually flat? (or are there different height beams etc?)

Any help answering these questions would be much appreciated!
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All of the above are possible !!
It depends on the priorities of the person constructing it.

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