Loft Conversion Process
If you’ve let your eyes skim down the length of this page you’re going to see a rather long list, detailing quite a few rather more ‘technical’ terms. The good news is that this information is provided as a courtesy – as we’ve found that plenty of homeowners get quite into experiencing the build of a new loft conversion. Quite simply, it’s the way we do business so that everyone knows where they stand throughout the project.
Now back to that list – we’ll take care of every step all the way through. Following the initial meeting, once we’ve collected all the measurements we’ll go away and build a scaled design of the projected conversion. Don’t worry – there’s no fee for this, and it’s a service we like to offer so our team of experts can all have a say. Everything from building regulations, planning – if needed – and building control can be handled via us.
Then we’re all set to go, we’ll arrange a date and get on with the task at hand. We’ll build the loft conversion all the way through to the hanging up the wallpaper stage – and of course, all fee’s and expenditure will be laid out as agreed.
Stages that make up a loft conversion:
- Scaffolding to be erected where needed.
- Open up the roof with care to avoid unnecessary inconvenience. Allow 3-4 weeks.
- Steel structural supports for ceiling and dormer arrive and are installed.
- The new floor joist is installed – usually this will be in the presence of the building inspector.
- The dormer is now built.
- Inner aspects of the dormer are installed.
- Building inspector will visit again.
- The roofer makes good the dormer – will install guttering etc.
- Partitions are completed in the loft.
- Insulation is attached and made good.
- Windows are fitted.
- Stairway created.
- Electrical points are installed. We will make these precisely positioned to your satisfaction.
- Plaster boarding now completed – this will need around three days to rest.
- Final decisions are made regarding flooring and fixtures, and then installed.
- Shower room will be fitted presuming it has been agreed upon.
- Fireproofing is set up wherever needed.
- Gutters are checked over again to make sure they aren’t loose.
- Building Control officers will assess the suitability of the loft conversion for fire regulations etc.
- Now it’s ready to decorate!
Obviously each project is different but as a very broad rule of thumb try to allow around 6-8 weeks for a standard conversion. The good news is that we’ve completed many hundreds of these jobs and have absolute confidence in helping you improve your home.