Loft conversions are effective ways to add space to your home and create extra rooms for use as bedrooms, studies and more. But what exactly are the key stages of a loft conversion?
What Are the Key Stages of a Loft Conversion?
When planning for how long your loft conversion will take, it is important to include some key stages in your calculations. The first stage of your loft conversion, for example, will be the design stage. At this point, a survey will be made of your existing loft space and plans drawn up for how your new loft conversion will look. It is important to dedicate enough time to the design stage to ensure that all elements of your loft conversion are included and any issues identified straight away.
Planning Your Loft Conversion
The next stage of your loft conversion time frame is the planning stage. The amount of time this stage takes will all depend on your local authority and whether you will require planning permission for your loft conversion. Once planning has been approved for your attic conversion, your loft conversion specialists will be able to create a realistic timeline for how long your loft conversion should take.
Clearing the Loft Space
Often underestimated but by no means the smallest task involved with aloft conversion, clearing the loft space is a task that should be started well in advance of any work getting done on your loft to ensure the space is cleared and ready to go without a last-minute rush.
Assessing the Wiring
When it comes to building an extra room in your loft, wiring often needs to be rewired in order to provide everything you will need in your new room. Some sections may need to be rerouted whilst planning out plug sockets in your new room is key to keeping it functional as a space.
Building your Loft Conversion
Once approval has been granted for your loft conversion and all of the plans completed, the building stage will start to make your loft conversion ideas a reality. This stage will include any work that needs doing on the roof and installation of a staircase to your loft among other elements of your conversion.
Adding Floor Insulation & Laying the Floorboards
The next step in building your loft conversion is adding the all-important floor insulation and laying the floorboards in your new loft room. Floor insulation helps keep your home warm as well as cushioning any sounds in the loft room meaning you can walk across your new room without worrying about thundering footsteps echoing below whilst floorboards are also an essential for any room in your home.
Reinforcing the Rafters, Installing the Dormer & Any Roof Lights
Your loft conversion specialist will now embark upon reinforcing your roof rafters to ensure a safe space for years to come. If you will be having a dormer loft conversion, your dormer will now be added and any roof lights added to allow for natural light in your new loft conversion.
Adding the Staircase
Adding a staircase is a key part of your loft conversion and deciding on where the best place to put your loft staircase is an important part that could affect almost every other element of your attic conversion. You can take a look at some of our loft conversion solutions in our blog or talk to your loft conversion specialist to discuss some of the options.
Dormer Tiling, Vents & Roof Insulation Are Added
Once the other big elements of your loft conversion are in place, dormer tiling can take place and vents can be added to your loft conversion. Roof insulation should now be added to ensure your new loft room is energy efficient. The next stage in building your loft conversion will involve connecting and erecting any partition walls to form the rooms of your new loft conversion.
Water Supplies and Heating Are Connected
If you will be having a bathroom in your loft conversion, any existing water supplies will need to be connected to your new bathroom. Your heating system will also need to be extended to service your new loft room to ensure it can be heated properly. You may also need to have your electrics upgraded to accommodate the extra usage and any additional sockets and lighting you will be adding to your loft.
Decorating Your Loft Conversion
Finally, your walls will be plasterboarded and skirting boards will be fitted ready for you to start decorating your new loft room. When it comes to decorating your loft conversion, light is key. Think light colours and minimal decor to make the most of your new loft space without cluttering. Take a look at our loft space saving ideas or our top tips for converting your loft for ideas on how to decorate your loft whilst making the best use of the new space.
To find out more about the loft conversion process and how you can plan your dream loft conversion, contact the team at Alvaston Loft Conversions now and allow the experts to answer any questions you may have.