Loft conversions: how does the process work?

Do you dream of having a stunning master bedroom, complete with a modern en suite and spacious built-in wardrobe?

Maybe you’d love to be able to work from home in a light and airy office?

Or perhaps you’ve always wanted a cosy snug for your teenagers to escape to and relax?

If you’re looking to create an enviable space in your home, a loft conversion could be the ideal solution. However, as with most home projects, there is always the worry that the building works will unsettle your lifestyle, irritate the neighbours or require planning permission.

But a loft conversion is actually a much simpler process than you might think. Compared to other invasive renovation works, loft conversions cause minimal disruption in your home. Most types of loft conversion don’t require planning permission either — so long as you have permitted development rights and adhere to the council’s guidelines. The only exception is a piggyback loft conversion, which involves removing all of the existing roof and raising the perimeter walls.

The luxury build process

 At the Loft Room, we have perfected the luxury loft-building process — creating a simple yet thorough system which keeps the whole road happy and always has the client in mind.

With over 30 years’ experience in the business, we recognise how building work can unbalance your home and life, so our top priority is always to make the process as pain-free and un-intrusive as possible.

Once all the designs and relevant permissions — such as building control and party wall agreements — are in place, we will drop courtesy notes round to all the neighbours. These notes provide neighbours with our contact details, should they have any concerns or questions regarding the works.

Each project is assigned a Senior Team Leader, who will work on-site every day until the project is completed and give clients daily progress updates. An experienced member of our quality control team will also visit the site regularly, making sure the project is on time and meeting their meticulously high standards.

Week by week

Our average weekly schedule for a standard loft conversion is just eight weeks.

During week one, the scaffolding will be erected. This unique approach allows the team to access the loft space from the outside-in, without workers traipsing through and disrupting the home. Timbers and steels will also be delivered in the first week, and the new floor structure will be put in place.

The dormer structure and internal walls are built in week two, while week three focuses on the first-fix electrics and plumbing, as well as flooring and insulation.

In week four, plaster boarding and the new staircase will be installed — this is the first, and only, time workers will need to access the main part of the house. Plastering and roofing works will then take place in the following weeks, as well as second- fix carpentry, electrics and plumbing.

At the end of the project, the Senior Team Leader and Quality Control Manager will compile a snagging list, check nothing has been missed and ensure the space is left sparkling clean ready for the free decoration service to commence! Once the loft has been finished to perfection, the scaffolding is then removed.

Quality in every step

At The Loft Room, we pride themselves on not starting a new project until your current one is 100 per cent complete.

We understand that projects sometimes need to adapt once they are underway and will always go one step further to ensure both the finer design points and major build challenges receive the attention to detail required.

It is through this thoughtful and conscientious approach that we have built our reputation for the highest possible standards and exceptional customer care.

If you want to find out how we can transform your home, get in touch today. Our expert team will be with you every step of the project — from the initial enquiry and design right through to completion.