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Loft Conversions: Planning, Managing and Completing Your Conversion [Hardcover]

Laurie Williamson
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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22 Dec 2000
As the demand for living space increases, more and more people are looking to convert their lofts into an extra room. But which lofts can be converted? How can the best possible results be achieved? Can a competent DIY enthusiast complete all or part of the work successfully? And, if not, how best can the job be contracted out or overseen? "Loft Conversions" answers these questions and more with step-by-step notes, tips, and advice throughout. It is designed to assist anyone planning a loft conversion, and to ensure the project meets all the requirements of good building practice and complies with building regulations.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: The Crowood Press Ltd (22 Dec 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861263651
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861263650
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 1.5 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 428,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anyone seeking advice about converting their roof space will find Loft Conversions a good starting point. -- Build It Magazine, February 2001.

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Loft Conversions is a step-by-step fully illustrated guide (approx 300 illustrations) written to assist both the competent and less experienced DIY enthusiast manage their project successfully. From initial plans through to completion this book will prove an invaluable guide to good building practice and help to avoid the pitfalls that lie in wait for the unprepared and unsuspecting.
It is not however designed to solve problems where height, in particular, is at a premium, the variables would be too many for one book. In these instances it is always advisable to seek advice from your Local Authority Building Control Department before making plans.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Back to basics 9 Nov 2005
By Wrecker
Format:Hardcover
If your thinking of doing a DIY loft conversion then you`ll need to look further a field. This read is back to basics, what is a joist, what is a roof. It has very little useful information. Lets face it if your going to attempt a loft conversion, you`d know what a joist is! I was expecting guides on altering purlins etc...this just disappoints.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No help to the DIYer 19 Feb 2005
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This book may help you if you plan to have your conversion professionally installed. If you want to have a go yourself then it is of little (if any) value.... VERY DISAPOINTING !
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable overview, disappointing illustrations 22 Jun 2005
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I am planning a loft conversion and trying to decide how much can be done "DIY" and how much requires professional intervention. I found the book useful in providing an overview of the entire loft conversion process and I now feel as though I have a reasonable idea of the different steps involved.
I feel it is let down mainly by the quality of its illustrations and diagrams, which comprise a good percentage of the book. Some are inaccurate and many others appear to be included as "padding" - the book would be considerably thinner and no less useful without them.
I read the other reviews (some negative, some positive) before buying this book and decided that because it was inexpensive it was probably worth the risk. I am as yet undecided as to whether or not this was a wise decision!
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80 of 83 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars BASIC 10 Feb 2002
Format:Hardcover
IF YOU KNOW ABSOLUTELY NOTHING CONCERNED WITH LOFT CONVERSIONS THEN THIS BOOK WOULD BE A GOOD OVERVIEW OF THE WHOLE PROCEDURE.
HOWEVER IF YOU ARE AN EXPERIENCED DIY'ER OR A BUILDER THE BOOK OFFERS NO PRACTICAL HELP WITH THE TECHNICAL SIDE OF CONVERTING A LOFT.
I ALSO NOTICED IT MADE NO REFERENCES TO SPACESAVER STAIRCASES WHICH COMPLY WITH BUILDING REGULATIONS AND ARE BECOMING EVER MORE POPULAR.
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Basic proof reading errors 29 Jan 2002
Format:Hardcover
Although the book looks promising from a quick scan through, I can't recommend this for a complete novice, which is the target audience. There are several errors in the text and especially in the illustrations of load bearing and non-load bearing walls. Staircase types are also incorrectly labelled.
The first section of the book on planning permission and building regulations will put even the less than faint hearted off the whole idea...
I would have preferred more hands on information on assessing roof construction and preparation of the site rather than the over laboured section on drawing plan types.
All in all there is a little too much repetition and padding in the book for the cover price.
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65 of 70 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointing and unhelpful 14 Nov 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I ordered this book with the expectation that it would help with some design ideas and advice on the viability of a conversion in a rather shallow roof. On page 11, the book shows a diagram of a person standing in a roof space with the caption "Fig 10: Headroom will determine how suitable your roof space is for conversion." So far, I haven't managed to find a reference to the figure in the text or any indication of what a viable headroom might actually be. Much of the book seems to go on in the same vein, with diagrams which state the obvious without providing the key information or connecting clearly to the text.
Seriously disappointing, as far as I have read... I do have the impression (though I am no expert) that the diagram on page 38 which shows the difference between a load-bearing and non-load-bearing wall has them the wrong way round.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars You get what you pay for 31 July 2005
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I read all the reviews, both negative and positive on the site and because of the cost I bought it. It gives a general outline of the principles of loft converting but I still need more answers so will be looking at other books. The illustrations are adequate for the cost of the book but for a cover that has been quckly thrown together without creativity it says a lot about the editor who gives a credit to the cover's designer. I will be selling mine back to amazon when finished not wanting as a momento or for reference.
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