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Accessing the loft

Some roof spaces are more easily converted than others and a full assessment requires professional help. But the untrained eye can often work out the basics.Go up into your loft space and take a look around.

Is there enough headroom at the center under the ridge? You ideally need 8ft (2.4m) clearance, although you may find that you can still get a useful room from as little as 7ft. A quick check with a tape measure will suffice.

Also try to assess whether your roof was built using trussed rafters or purlins, as the latter is much easier to convert into usable loft space.

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