I am looking to have a built in wardrobe installed but having it where I want would mean blocking the loft hatch.

Are there any risks to not having access to the loft?

  • What is up in the loft? Anything you need access too? What about creating a new opening? – user566095 Jan 6 '16 at 0:10
  • There is only insulation up there that I can tell – Terry Jan 6 '16 at 0:46

I think it's unwise to block access. There's a few reasons I can come up with, just off the top of my head.

  • if your roof is leaking, you need to get in there to see what the root of the leak is
  • electrical or plumbing upgrades frequently need attic access
  • if you get a creature problem, attic access is sometimes needed for trapping/mitigation
  • you might want to add insulation in the future
  • bath or kitchen fans might need replacement in the future

You can have a closet unit designed that allows access with a bit of disassembly.

If you don't want to go that route, a different hatch could be made, but there's carpentry and cost associated with that.

  • Also, if there are any electrical junction boxes up there you must maintain access. – Jimmy Fix-it Jan 6 '16 at 12:22

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