How Long Will My Loft Conversion Take?
If you're thinking of having a loft conversion and you are wondering how long it will take to complete, then this is worth a read.
All time scales will vary depending on the size of your loft conversion and if any planning issues arise during the planning application but this article is here to give you a general idea of how long thing take, it is based on a standard loft conversion.
Survey and Plans
Before any work commences your property will have to be surveyed and architectural plans will need to be drawn up, this will take between 2-4 weeks, Cooper Lewis Ltd will arrange this as part of their service, so you won't have to worry about anything.
Planning and building regulations approval
As soon as we have drawn the plans up we will submit them to the local council for approval, most loft conversions don't require planning permission but will require building regulations approval, and this can take up to 8 weeks.
Once planning and building regulations have been approved by the local council, work can begin...
All scaffolding will be erected first so we have a platform to work from. Materials will be delivered to site along with a skip. We will make an access hole in to your loft space from the outside, we will use this as our access at the start of each day, and this way we won't disrupt your usual living routine. All the old insulation will be stripped back along with anything else that isn't required so we have a blank canvas. We will also discuss with you where you require us to position certain things such as plug sockets, light fittings, TV points, phone points and any other points and fitting you require.
All RSJ's, flitch beams and timber beams will be installed along with all the new floor joists, the building inspector will want to view the progress at this point then we will lay the new floor.
All dormers will be constructed along with velum windows installed; we will then make your roof weather tight. All the new stud walls and structural walls will be constructed, this will then allow us to strip out all the old roof timbers that are no longer required, the weight of your roof is then transferred to all the newly installed beams and structural walls.
Electricians and plumbers will carry out their first fix, running all of their pipes and cables to where they will need them at a later date. Your loft will be insulated; the building inspector will want to check this has been done properly. If all ok, your loft will be plaster boarded. At this point the hole will be made in your ceiling for your new staircase; the staircase will then be installed. By now you can start to see the project really taking shape.
Your loft conversion will now be plastered; this can take 4-5 days depending on size because the plaster can sometimes take 2 days just to dry out properly. Once it has dried, new doors can start to be hung along with skirting, architrave, stair hand rails and window boards.
The carpentry second fix will be finished. Bathrooms will be installed and tiled. The electrician will install and connect up all the plug sockets, switches, light fittings etc.
All finishing touches will made, a final tidy up of site and your new loft space is ready for decorating.
Carpets will be laid and it's time for you to move in! Cooper Lewis Ltd are confident you will be 100% satisfied with your new creation, but if there is anything you're not sure about, we will put it right there and then.
If you are thinking of having a loft conversion and would like to discuss your ideas with us then don't hesitate to give us a call. Cooper Lewis Ltd operate out of Worthing, servicing the surrounding towns and counties such as Lancing, Angmering, Shoreham, Portslade, Brighton, Littlehampton, Rustington, Chichester, Surrey, Hampshire and Kent. With experience on all types of loft conversions on all types of properties. With our main skill and working background in carpentry which makes up 85% of the work that goes into converting a loft, it makes sense to give us a call if you have a project in mind.