Some of the most crucial aspects of planning loft conversions are the placement and design of your staircase. Loft staircases can occupy an abundance of space due to their various unique constructions.
For obvious reasons, installing your staircase in a location that grants ample space for the rest of the conversion is crucial to the process. Based on this information, it's advisory that you plan and design your staircase from the outset.
Notably, all loft conversions have to comply with the building regulations that apply to your specific region. Even if your build does not require permission, compliance with these regulations is mandatory. Please take note of some of the fundamental regulations that you must educate yourself on before you begin planning your loft staircase:
A fixed staircase must provide safe access to the loft.
The minimum headroom height is 1950mm at the centre of the stairs.
The pitch of the staircase must not exceed 42 degrees.
All risers must be equal in height.
A handrail must be present when there is a drop of more than 600mm, thus meaning the maximum number of steps permitted on most staircases without a handrail is two.
Space saver stairs are only acceptable if serving a single room.
The worst possible scenario for a builder or customer is for the staircase construction to be underway or completed when you finally realise that your build won't pass Building Control inspections. Such situations are both time-consuming and financially straining, hence why we urge you to familiarise yourself with the regulations stated above.
Continuation of or over the existing staircase
This type of loft staircase is excellent for sparing space whilst also being the most popular option. Not only is it symmetrically aesthetic, but the placement of the new staircase over the existing staircase provides sufficient headroom for ascension.
Modifying an existing room
If structural limitations and restrictions in the existing design of your home mean that placing the loft staircase over an existing staircase will not be possible, another alternative is modifying an existing room. Regarding this option, it is up to you or your builders to find appropriate space in an existing room for the new staircase. This method is most effective in a room with substantial space, or a room less frequently used.
Space saver stairs
Space saver stairs are self-explanatory since they save space within an area, meaning they aren't as spacious as any standard staircase. The compact nature of their unique design prides itself on fitting into tight spaces. The alternating treads they possess provide a less space provoking structure at the expense of shorter tread space. These structures generally take up roughly half the floor-to-floor space of a conventional staircase. For many reasons, space savers are not a popular choice with building inspectors. Some of the reasons include the fact that they are harder to use and not as safe as traditional staircases.
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