Loft conversions are exploding in popularity all over Britain (especially London which has experienced an increase in demand for attic conversion services to the tune of 183%, massive increases in demand).
People are investing a lot of money into the development of their homes and this is an extremely popular means of developing property.
But what are the different stages of the construction of Loft conversions? What is involved in the process of constructing loft conversions of different types? Dormer, Velux, Hip To Gable & Mansard conversions?
1) First Stage – Planning.
This is the part where the plans for the project are clarified before the project begins, meaning that the type of the loft conversion, the design, the materials and time-scales are all recorded and a plan put together before beginning the build, this is also the point where (if necessary planning permission can be applied for and obtained at this point if needed).
2) Next stage – Implementation.
This point is where the building starts, the scaffolding goes up, this involves the removal of any debris, the re-boarding of the floor and the re-purposing of the beams and the structural strengthening of the loft, at this point the dormer is added onto the roof (if it is that type of loft conversion) by taking out a portion of the roof and building out (leaving space foor the installation of the window).
3) Next Stage – Preparation.
This is when any of the internal plastering, the drywalling and the flooring is added in preparation for the final stage, the internal ceiling plastering is taken care of at this point also, insulation and ventilation are also taken care of, all electrics and lighting are installed.
4) Final Stage – Aesthetics
All painting, and carpeting and wallpapering, furniture assembly and final works and clearing away of any associated packaging is deposed of.
Tips To Remember:
1/ It is very important to ensure that you trust the building company you are choosing to work with because this is a not insignificant investment in your home.
2/ It is important to have the right budget set aside for a project of this scale (loft conversions can cost anything between £20,000-£45,000, so you will need to have a large sum of money to finance this type of home improvement.
3/ Make sure that you know whether or not you require planning permission because this is legally an important issue when extending a property in any way, shape or for, size and scale of extensions (also the materials used) can be factors in determining if you need planning permission, you should ask the specialists (an architect or building professional) before making payments or agreeing to the work.
Attic conversion overall is a very attractive and versatile adaptation to a home, done correctly it can greatly enhance your home and add a large amount of value to the property you live in.
One Company in particular that comes highly recommended is “Your Home Extensions” but there are other companies’ also with expertise in lofts, and home extensions.