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Query regarding boarding loft

Discussion in 'Building' started by chriswilson1, 21 May 2013.

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    chriswilson1

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    Hi, I was wondering if anyone could help me with a loft query? We are having someone come on Friday to look at it all in detail (no chance I'm doing this one) but I'm impatient to be honest.

    We're looking into boarding our loft and maybe decorating it a little (plasterboard and possibly a velux window). The idea is it could be used as a play room at some future, would have a little storage (some CDs and books I would imagine, and be able to have two people up there together). We have no intention of it ever being classed as habitable, there won't be a fixed staircase and the headroom wouldn't be high enough without having a full blown conversion which we aren't interested in.

    Details:
    -mid-terraced 1890s Victorian house.
    -Roof is apex with old rafter and purlin construction (double purlin each side of roof). Marley tiles with breathable membrane underlay.
    -Loft dimensions are roughly 5m x 7m.
    -The current ceiling joists (this isn't 100% exact) are 60mm x 90mm with roughly 400mm spacing. The span goes about 3.5m I believe (there are two internal walls in the middle of the house, brick construction and go into the cellar so look loadbearing).
    -The ceiling joists currently hold the old laft plaster ceilings rather the modren plasterboard.

    Obviously I know someone needs to look properly (which they are), but I am just wondering if it is even feasible that this would be suitable for what we intend without spending lots and lots? Also if building regs do apply to this (we don't want it habitable but still want it done properly).
     
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