I have a smaller sized 4 bedroom detached house built around 1982. I want to make use of my loft to give me more floor space. The loft covers the whole square of the house, but the pitch of the roof is low. I'm 6 foot and I can't stand up straight at the heighest point. Also, sorry I don't know what these are called, but there are pieces of wood that diagonally slant inward and down from the roof to the floor (are they eaves?) like this:
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So, I'm guessing before I even think about a loft conversion the whole roof will need replacing to make it a higher pitched roof and the type of roof that doesn't require the inward slanting pieces of wood for support.
My questions are:
1. Is this a common practice with most modern houses having a lower pitched roof?
2. How much can be expected to pay for such a roof replacement?
3. And whilst we're at it, any pointers on how much the whole package (roof replacement and loft conversion) might cost?
Access to the loft space shouldn't be an issue. There's one of the smaller bedrooms that can be converted to accomodate the stairs up to the loft.