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How to assess your loft space

Before you put any cash into your attic conversion, try these six simple steps to check your project is viable

1 How much head height is available?

The first thing you’ll need to do is go up into the existing loft to check how much headroom is available. Measure from the underside of the ridge beam (the main timber running along the apex of the roof) to the top of the attic’s floor joists.

You’ll ideally want a clear height of at least 2.3m to get a comfortable finished room once the new floor and ceiling finishes are in place. While it is possible to convert lofts with just 2.1m of clearance, the result isn’t likely to feel like a full storey – unless you can increase the available head height (for more on this, see the box on page 92).

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In the May edition of Build It magazine, you'll find a wealth of inspiration and advice for your self-build, renovation or extension project, including: - Cover house: A traditional-style new home on a garden plot (p20) - Kitchen design ideas (p72) - Does solar battery storage make sense? (p74) - Driveway design ideas (p80) - Complete guide to loft conversions (p 84) - Modern glazed extensions (p98) - How to keep your project on budget (p110)