Considering a loft conversion
When your living area becomes cramped, but you like your home, the area, schools etc, converting your loft space is one of the cheapest, easiest and most efficient methods of increasing the living space. Also, with the current uncertainties in the housing market, people are finding themselves in situations where they need more living space as their families grow, but less inclined to commit to the upheaval of moving. Instead they are now more than ever, looking at the asset of extra space which already exists beneath the roof. As a solution, they are increasingly starting to build upwards- converting lofts into suitable areas for habitation. It’s a significantly cheaper solution than moving house.
Loft conversions are one of the most useful ways to add value, with extra space coming high on the wish list of potential buyers. You may be pleasantly surprised at how a tastefully designed conversion can provide a complete new living area and just as importantly, add value to your property. You may need extra bedrooms, ensuite, a play room, gym or study – the choice is yours. Whether you live in a standard terraced property or a large detached house, the majority of lofts can be converted.
Converting your loft can often seem very complex, with building regulations to be complied with, planning applications etc. at Awc loft conversions we are able to answer all your questions and offer experienced guidance to reduce the stress and complexity often associated with building work.
TYPES OF LOFT CONVERSIONS
There are different types of loft conversions, each with different features and advantages. At awc loft conversions we will help you to choose the right type of loft conversion for your home. Here is a brief description of the main options:
Velux window conversion
Converting your existing loft space without changing the existing shape of your property. Adding velux windows to create natural light and ventilation.
Dormer loft conversion
An extension to your roof giving more headroom and greater loft space. Dormers can be placed on the rear, front or side of the property. Rear dormers are the most popular. Dormers can accommodate windows and French doors. Velux windows can be placed on the front of the roof creating natural light and ventilation to all rooms.
Hip to gable loft conversion
Extend your existing hip ended roof into a gable ended roof gives more headroom and greater loft space.
A rear dormer can also be erected to this type of conversion.
Mansard loft conversion
This enables you to achieve maximum loft space.
The conversion goes up to the apex of the roof space. Windows, French doors and velux windows can be inserted into the Mansard.
TIMETABLE OF A LOFT CONVERSION
An Overall Guide as to how a Loft Conversion proceeds (Dormer Conversion – typical time span 6 to 8 weeks):
Every loft conversion is slightly different, however we have created a timetable of a loft conversion that contains the most common stages and steps that your loft conversion is likely to go through:
• Works will commence with the erection of independent scaffolding.
• First delivery of materials – i.e. structural steels, joisting timbers, skips etc.
• An opening is made in the roof for access – initial works are completed externally, so minimising internal disturbance (approx. 3/4 weeks)
• the dormer will next be constructed along with the fitment of structural steels
• Fitment of the structural floor joist – following which the local authority Building Inspector will visit to approve the structural construction.
• 1st fix electrics and plumbing
• insulation installed
• Followed by a further inspection by the Building Inspector.
• Completion of external works – ie roofing of dormer, lead work, fascias, soffits, guttering.
• Internally, erecting studwork walls, forming bedrooms/ensuite/stairwell access.
• Fitting dormer windows/Velux windows.
• Creating access to facilitate installation of new staircase and fitting new stairs.
• Plastering all new areas.
• Second fix carpentry – ie skirtings, architraves, doors, handrail, spindles etc.
• Second fix for electrics and plumbing (sanitary ware, radiators etc).
• Clearing down – including guttering inspection.
• Final inspection by Building Inspector who issues Completion Certificate (all works having complied with building and fire regulations).
• The new loft is now ready for decoration and habitation.