How long does a loft conversion take?

Date Posted: 8th March 2018

This is a very frequently asked question, and it can not be answered in a simple sentence. The duration of the conversion depends on many factors such as:

  • The size of the conversion
  • What types of windows are to be added and how many
  • What materials you are planning on using
  • Whether plumbing and electrics are required
  • The type of staircase going into the build
  • How many rooms are required

A very loose and general timeframe is on average 6-8 weeks for a loft conversion, however, in reality, this can be anywhere from 4 weeks to 4 months depending on the extensity of the project. So, to break it down a little, here are the various stages the build will need to go through:

  1. Once the design has been agreed and all the relevant planning and building control permissions have been approved, the build is ready to begin.

To start with, the scaffolders will do their job erecting scaffolding around your house. The relevant materials required for the build will also be delivered and any roof openings will be cut.

  1. The prepping work can now begin. This will include electrical wiring, floor joist will be fitted, plumbing, insulation, roof joists etc. The floorboards can then be laid and the rafters re-installed.
  2. This is the time when the dormers will be built or skylights added. As this involves opening the roof, dry weather is preferable to avoid water damage. Any vents required will now also be added and the roof will be made watertight.
  3. The addition of the staircase can come at any point and is usually determined by the client, however as all work has been completed externally so far, now is a good time to get this done.
  4. Work will now commence purely inside the building. Partition walls can go up and first fixes can be completed. This includes upgrading the electrics, adding access for water, sewage and any eaves storage. The plasterboards can then be added as well as skirting and architraves.
  5. If a bathroom is required, this will be done next in the form of cladding and any extraction required.
  6. Finally, the conversion will be decorated and furnished. Once complete the area will be snagged and cleaned before being handed back to the client.

It is important to remember that time frame for each of the points above will vary for each build.

Always at CS Carpentry & Construction, we keep you posted on the progress and how long we envisage the work to take. Contact us to find out moreā€¦



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