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Can I convert my loft?

Here is how to work out if your loft or attic space can be converted, and option if you can't...

This is undoubtedly our most frequently asked question. Therefore, we have dedicated this entire page to provide you with all the necessary information about what you need to know and consider when working out whether your loft is convertible or not.


We will guide you through the process of measuring your loft and inform you about what you can and cannot do with a loft that you have measured.

How to measure your loft

In order to ensure that you measure it correctly, you need to measure from the top (not the bottom) of the ceiling joist/timber. For most homes, this is a timber about 4" or 100mm in size. You then measure vertically from the top of this timber/joist to the underside of the ridge. Note that for some roofs, e.g. hipped, you'll need to measure this at the highest point of the roof line, not in the roof slope.


You can refer to the diagram if you're not sure.


If your loft measures 2.4m or greater at the ridge, then your loft is most likely convertible within the existing roof space. If, however, your loft is less than 2.4m, then it's not game over. With a roof lift, you can raise the ridge height, subject to planning permission, allowing us to create an amazing space for you.


What Are Your Options Based On Height?
  • Less then 2.3m - If your loft is below 2.3m, then your only option is a roof lift, and this measurement is correct, i.e. its been measured from the current point, then the only probable option is to have a raised height roof lift loft conversion.

  • Between 2.3 & 2.4m - Ideally you need a minimum of 2.4m, but using some creative thinking we may still be able to convert your loft into a usable space. Its worth noting that any loft in of this height, will feel cozy, as the ceiling will be around 2m in height. To give you a feel for this, a typical internal house door is approximately 1-2cm lower than 2m in height.

  • Greater than 2.4m - You have all the options open to you, from a standard velux loft conversion within the roofline, or a dormer loft conversion. Plus you can still consider a roof lift if that’s right for your project.

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Don't have enough height in your loft?

Don't worry we might still be able to help you

When your loft is too low, as a roof lift specialist, we can raise your roof height, giving you a loft with much more space. This isn't about literally lifting your roof and infilling underneath, but the effect is just about the same. Plus, you do not need to move out while it all happens! Click below to learn more about raised roof lift loft conversions. You might be surprised how cost-effective it is...

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