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November 2, 2021


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What is a non-habitable loft conversion?

We could all do with a bit of extra storage space in the home. One area that is ideal is in the loft, this prime piece of real estate is perfect for a non-habitable loft conversion and in this article, we look at what is included and what is needed.

Loft conversions

It’s easy to confuse a loft conversion with loft storage but there is one major difference aside from the price. A loft conversion will need planning permission and building regulations whereas a non-habitable loft conversion doesn’t.

Loft conversions require certain specifications as standard which include:

  • Windows to allow in natural light
  • Added insulation to keep warm in winter and cool in summer
  • Fixed staircase for access
  • Electrics & wiring
  • Fire safety precautions i.e. escape routes & alarms

The loft conversion will need to have structural changes to cope with the additional weight depending on what the room is to be used for.

Non-habitable loft conversions

With a non-habitable loft conversion, the idea is to utilise as much of the loft space as possible for storage which will help to significantly reduce the amount of clutter that can build up around the home. Not only that but there are optional extras that you can include such as insulation and Velux windows to make the space as energy-efficient as possible.

Another benefit of a non-habitable loft conversion is that it doesn’t require planning permission or building regulations, so you avoid all the headaches that go with putting in architectural plans and paperwork.

Loft storage conversions usually begin with removing the old insulation or damaged loft boards and can also include:

  • Bespoke cupboard storage
  • Hatch & ladder
  • Balustrade

There are other optional extras that can turn your loft space into a stunning easily accessible storage space. If you would like to know more about how you can maximise the storage space in your home, then get in touch with one of the Ecoloft team here.