Loft Conversion Stairs: Design Advice, Building Regs and More

Loft Conversion Stairs - Simply Lofts
Simply Loft maximized space in this mansard loft conversion by fitting the new staircase to sit above the existing flight. The same materials were used to create a seamless transition between old and new (Image credit: Simply Loft)

Loft conversion stairs are tricky to get right. Not only will their location play a part in how you use your newly converted space, but also affect how the existing house flows. 

Also, did you know that badly designed and commission loft conversion stairs are one of the more common reasons that loft conversions are failed by building inspectors? 

Ian Rock

Chartered surveyor Ian Rock MRICS is a director is and the author of eight popular Haynes House Manuals, including the Home Extension Manual, the Self Build Manual and Period Property Manual.

Ian is also the founder of Zennor Consultants. In addition to providing house surveys, Zennor Consultants provide professional guidance on property refurbishment and maintenance as well as advising on the design and construction of home extensions and loft conversions, including planning and Building Regulations compliance.

Ian has recently added a 100m2 extension to his home; he designed and project managed the build and completed much of the interior fit-out on a DIY basis.