One of the most common questions asked by people contemplating a loft conversion is “How long will it take?”. It really depends on the type of conversion you’re planning, but it can take anything from four to ten weeks. An exact figure is very difficult to provide, without knowing the intricate details of the construction. For example, there are different types of windows you can use, a range of different staircases, various flooring options and a wealth of different fittings you might require. If a loft conversion company is happy to provide you with a time frame, without knowing all the details, you should be very suspicious.
Each and Every Loft Conversion is Different
There are many different variables when it comes to a loft conversion. However, the first thing you’ll need to decide is the type of conversion.
Essentially, there are three different types commonly found in UK homes. They are:
- Hip to Gable
A dormer loft conversion is the most common type. The construction involves building a vertical wall from the bottom of the roof. A flat roof is then built to join the vertical wall and create more head-space in the loft. Planning permission for this type of conversion is generally not required.
A hip to gable extension is slightly more complex as it involves changing the sloping or hipped side of a roof into a gable end. It is likely that planning permission will be required, and the construction will take longer.
A mansard extension involves making a significant change to the structure of your home. It is usually more expensive and takes the longest amount of time.
Can All Lofts be Converted?
Loft conversions are popular home improvements because they increase the size of your home. Your home can expand with the increasing needs of your family, and you don’t need to up sticks and move somewhere else. However, you’re probably wondering whether all loft spaces be converted? It really depends on a number of different factors. An expert will be able to advise you on the possibility. Here are some of the things that will be checked.
Height of the ceiling – the highest point ideally has to be a minimum of 2.3 metres
Structure – the type of trusses in the roof space will determine the type of conversion
Access – in order to conform with planning regulations a proper staircase will have to be constructed
Adjoining properties – you may have to obtain a written agreement in accordance with the Party Wall Act
Planning permission – this may or may not be a requirement
A loft conversion is undoubtedly a great way to increase the size of your home. It can provide you with a space to turn into an office, a bedroom for a teenager or a room for guests. It is a relatively easy home improvement, but you will need to call for professional assistance and be prepared for it to take several weeks.