If you’re thinking about adding that extra space and value to your home and you’re considering a loft conversion, there are many steps to consider before the finished article. While there will be some finer points along the way, we have condensed the main parts of the process into an easy step-by-step guide on how to plan ahead.
- Inspection & Survey
Eligibility is the first step. To know whether your loft is suitable for conversion, you will need to get in touch with a loft conversion company and ask for their advice, such as Loft conversions North London, a company that has been in the construction business for over 20 years in the London area.
The first step for this will be a visit from an expert to inspect the space. The considerations here will be about the space itself; the height and accessibility, for example. Following this, it will be a survey of the space to ensure that your home is suitable for the work to be done. Plans will be created, and a budget breakdown should be provided, should your space be suitable for the conversion.
- Prepped and Assessed
Once your conversion gets the go-ahead, the work begins. The space has to be prepared, cleared and made suitable for the work to continue. This could mean a simple case of clearing clutter. The finer details of inspection will also continue at this stage – plumbing and wiring considerations will need to be looked into, depending on the design and use of the final room.
Once the loft has been prepped for work to be carried out, the base-point will begin with fitting the appropriate flooring. The flooring will have to be fitted and completed in order for the more extensive work to begin, such as any pipework or rewiring, as well as all the major fixtures and fittings. Flooring stages will also include insulation and the laying of the correct floorboards. Your loft conversion experts will talk you through the best flooring option depending on the function of the room that you have already agreed upon.
- The Roof
Once the floor is down, the rafters will be reinforced, and the roof will be opened up for the structural work to take place. This part of the process is probably the most obstructive, but also one of the most important stages. Roof work will also involve the potential installation of windows, and eventually, once closed up and finalised, lighting.
Throughout the process of the conversion, your new room will need appropriate access, such as a stairway into the room. This stage will depend on the overall design of your room but will usually come somewhere after the main structural work has been completed.
- Hands-on Finishes
Next, it’s all about ticking boxes: insulation, electrics (and waterworks, where needed), walls secured and plastered, lighting completed, any heating or cooling units fixed and fitted, and all major structural fixtures fitted.
- Design & Decoration
Next, it’s all about making the space into your dream room. Whether that’s getting in the furniture for a study or bedroom, or fitting a new shower room, the order of the finishes here will vary. Any paint/wallpaper work for a general use room will be completed before any new furniture is fitted and built into the room. Then, it’s simply a case of your finishing touches, colour scheme and home comforts.
Hopefully this will give you a basic overview of the steps involved. There will be finer details in the technical processes, but your architect and conversion team can guide and inform you of all of these at each stage.