Chapters 10, 11 and 12 have attempted to give some guidance on roof structure conversion to living accommodation. The information is not exhaustive and does not cover all forms of roof structure or envisage all forms of intended use for the attic. It is not difficult to imagine a conversion for a snooker room with the installation of full-size slate bed snooker table, for instance, which would clearly introduce a whole new set of parameters for the loading of the new floor. Similarly, the installation of a grand piano, an exceptionally large bath or even the infamous water bed can be envisaged.
The imposed loads from a newly created private library in the attic would also be an unusual structural problem to solve. These chapters are intended to attract the attention of the DIY enthusiast or designer embarking on a proposed conversion, encouraging him to consider not just the conversion but its impact upon the occupants, the structure below and the architecture of the completed building. In the author's opinion, the key to a successful conversion can be summed up as follows:
(1) Careful and detailed planning of the proposed conversion;
(2) Careful counselling of the DIY enthusiast's family or the architect's client on the impact upon them during the conversion and the benefits following the completion;
(3) Full appreciation of the impact upon the architecture of the building;
(4) A fully detailed costing of the works before embarking on the project.
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