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 – ie structural steels, joisting timbers etc.
- An opening is made in the roof for access – initial works are completed externally, so minimising internal disturbance (approx 3/4 weeks)
- Floor joisting carried out – following which the local authority Building Inspector will visit to approve floor construction.
- If a dormer conversion, the dormer will next be constructed, 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. Insulating walls to required standard.
- Fitting dormer windows/Velux windows.
- Creating access to facilitate installation of new staircase and fitting new stairs.
- Installing new cabling for lighting, sockets, Expelair, smoke alarms etc.
- First fix plumbing to new ensuite and additional radiator(s).
- Plastering all new areas.
- Second fix carpentry works – ie skirtings, architraves, doors, handrail, spindles etc.
- Second fix works for electrics (upvc fittings installed) 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.