One of the most crucial aspects of planning a loft conversion is the placement and design of your staircase.
As a loft staircase can occupy a fair bit of space. You will want to position it in the best location possible to provide largest space for the rest of the conversion. It is important you plan and design your staircase from the outset.
All loft conversions have to comply with the relevant building regulations. This is true even if your build does not require permission. Please note some key regulations for a loft staircase:
A fixed staircase must provide safe access to the loft
The minimum headroom height is 1950mm at the center 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, meaning the maximum number of steps permitted on most staircases without a handrail is two
Space saver stairs can only be used if serving a single room
Structural limitation, and restriction in the existing design of your home, may mean placing it over an existing staircase will not be possible. In such case another option could be to take out some space from an existing room. Ideally you would want to choose a room with space to spare or one that is not used frequently to minimize impact on space.
Not a popular choice, especially with building inspectors, as they are harder to use and not as safe as a regular staircase.
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We work with builders and renovators on a daily basis delivering new and replacement loft stairs. With a Mr.Stairs timber staircase you can be sure that your loft will have the perfect stairs, saving the most space.