Staircase Rules and Regulations For Loft Conversions

When it comes to your loft conversion, we all dream of the finished product. We think about luxurious windows, storage and even actually using the space once it’s completed. But did you know, one of the most important things to consider before you start creating the Pinterest board of your dreams, is the placement of your staircase?

The staircase takes up a fair sized chunk of floor space so it’s important to consider its placement. It needs to be in a place that’s not only convenient but also one that adheres to fire regulations. 

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Fire Regulations & Loft Staircases

All loft conversions must comply with building regulations, even if it doesn’t require planning permission. There are specific fire regulations relating to staircases too. These encompass:

  • Having a fixed staircase in place to provide safe access and egress from the loft conversion
  • The staircase cannot exceed a steepness pitch of 42 degrees
  • The minimum headroom is 1.9m
  • All risers must be equal
  • There must be a handrail provided when the drop exceeds more than 600mm, which means there can’t be more than two steps without a handrail
  • You may only use what’s known as space saver stairs when serving one single room.

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Different Types Of Staircases For Lofts/Attics

Over Existing Stairs – this is a great option as it allows for real space saving. It also creates a more symmetrical aesthetic as the staircase merely continues as it would in a normal three storey dwelling. This also means that you won’t lose out on any headroom and stops you losing any floor space from your landing or another room. It’s the perfect option if your home allows for it.
Using A Section Of Another Room – this isn’t a preferred option as it means losing out on space within another room however it does mean you still get a decent staircase leading to your loft conversion. The vast majority of the time, it’s worth simply taking space from a room that either isn’t used as often, for instance a box room. Or you could take space from the biggest room on that floor. This ensures you still have a fairly decent room left, as opposed to cutting a smaller room into an ultimately unusable space.
Space Saver Stairs – while space saver staircases aren’t as popular with building inspectors, and are considered a last resort, they are an option no less. If there is no way to build a staircase over existing staircases, or there isn’t room to take from another room, then space saver staircases may well be a very viable option. They are however, super compact and require a handrail on both sides due to the way in which the staircase runs.

Contact Clapham Construction Today

If you’d like more help and advice with staircase regulations to ensure you’re on the right side of the law, we recommend contacting loft conversion specialists Clapham Construction Service. They’ll ensure everything is not only up to code but of the highest quality and completely taken care of for you. Call ustoday on 0203 950 7957

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