A loft conversion can drastically add up to the value of your house. Even though loft conversions are usually done to add more space to the house, they differ from one house to another. One of the vital requirements of loft conversion is adding a staircase for safe access. Commonly, staircases take up a huge amount of space. So, it is essential to find out a way to space-saving stairs for a loft conversion for both aesthetic and practical sense.
If you are planning for a new staircase for the newly added floor in your building, there are several Building Regulations to consider. Adding a new floor requires a new staircase. While you can use a fixed ladder in some cases, the majority of conversions need stairs. You have to consider the following regulations when installing stairs to your loft:
- A fixed staircase is a must to provide safe access
- Space saver stairs may be used, only for single room lofts
- Maximum steepness pitch of staircase maybe 42 degrees
- The staircase can provide minimum headroom height of 1.9m
- All the risers must be equal
- For a drop of more than 600mm, a handrail must be provided
Space Saver Stairs
One of the most popular types of loft staircase is space-saving stairs. They allow the optimization of the available space in small houses. With the use of alternating treads, which provide a deep step, space saver stairs provide comfort and safety. According to the building regulations, this type of stairs can only be used for lofts with only one habitable room.
Regulations for Space Saver
There are limitations on where you can use a space saver staircase. As I mentioned before, this staircase can be used only for a single room or a room with an en-suite. This type of staircase must have a handrail or a wall-rail on at least one side. It cannot be used as a replacement for a regular staircase.
Takes less Room
As space saver stairs take alternate steps, they take up a lot less room. Therefore, you can use each of your foot for each step alternately while taking the flight of the stairs. This way, you can also finish your steps twice as quickly. Although these are not considered as the safest means of escape. So, you must check with your building regulations first. Your builder will ask you whether you want the left or right foot first. People usually go for their strongest foot.
Stairs over the existing ones
As space-saving staircases are extremely regulated by the building control, there are other options you can use instead. Placing the loft stairs over the existing staircase will ensure that you have enough headspace and also it will minimize the floor space that the stairs will take.
Make the staircase in another room
If you do not have enough space above your existing stairs, you can always take the stairs in a spare bedroom or any other unused space. This will reduce the inconvenience that the staircase will cause.