How does the loft conversion process work? The Modern Attics step guide Part 1

What’s it all about eh? When it comes down to it, people just want to know what happens when a loft conversion is carried out by the professionals. Well, here’s a step-by-step guide to the loft conversions process to help you understand it a bit better from start to finish.

For example the process can go as follows in simple terms:

  • Scaffold is erected to allow access to roof space
  • Steel beams installed along with new floor joists
  • Window framing constructed
  • Dormer window formed
  • Chimney removed
  • Insulation installed
  • Roofing work carried out to windows and dormer
  • Plasterboard and plastering of rooms
  • Stairs installed
  • Skirting, doors and banisters fitted
  • Tiling and sanitary goods installed
  • Scaffold and waste materials removed. Site left in clean and tidy order throughout

But the process can be more detailed and require more thought in many cases. So for the purposes of laying things out in more details we have created this two-part blog series to help you understand things better.

  1. So you’ve made the decision to get that conversion in the loft to increase your living space? First things first… get that inspection carried out! It will give you an accurate report on the condition and suitability of your loft/attic for conversion. Primary considerations include assessing height, access points and potential obstacles/foreseeable layout problems. Elements such as water storage tanks and chimney stacks can be problems. This assessment stage will determine whether or not the loft conversion in possible.
  2. Plans are prepared and decisions about what type of conversion this will be are finalised between homeowner and the loft conversion experts. These plans include cost analysis.
  3. Once planning permissions are sorted work can begin with clearing out the loft space. The removal of obstacles like the chimney stack or the relocation of the water storage tank or boiler is dealt with early on.
  4. Electrical wiring must be removed and rerouted. What’s good about the loft conversions process is that it gives you a chance to improve upon the original wiring and pipe work.
  5. Floor joists are fitted and then the spaces between the joists are filled with insulation to a depth of 100mm. These joists can then be covered by floorboards.
  6. Rafters are reinforced in accordance with the structural requirements – this opens up the area to further development.
  7. Dormers are installed, which opens up the roof. A Roof windows are an effective way of letting in natural light.
  8. Staircases are fitted to give easier, safer access to the loft (this can depend on specifications).

This is where we leave the list to be continued in Part Two. Yes, there are many more steps for us to walk you through in the loft conversions process. Keep your eyes out for the conclusion to this blog!

In the meantime contact us at Modern Attics for advice and information on anything related to loft conversions.

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