Preparing for a loft conversion 101

General, Loft conversion

So you’ve finally done it. You’ve decided that you’re going to give your loft a whole new breadth of life by converting it into a proper room. You’re likely to have imagined everything that you’re going to do with your new extension, from what the room’s going to be used for, right down to how you’re going to decorate it. But perhaps there’s some teeny tiny details that you think you might need to sort out beforehand. Well, don’t worry. We’re going to try and answer some of the things that you might want and might need to know, before all of the work begins.Preparing for a loft conversion 101

Do I need to totally empty my loft?

Yes, you definitely do! Otherwise it won’t be safe for anyone to carry out any of the work. Make sure that the space is completely clear. This could be a good opportunity to find space for those bits and pieces that you’ll no longer want to be storing up there. Now’s the time to move them into the garage or the shed. It’s also a great opportunity to have a clear out and to rediscover anything that’s been hiding up there for years.

Do I need to clear out any other part of my home?

Remember that there will be a lot of people coming and going daily. That’s why it could be worth clearing out the hallways/stairs leading up to the attic to make it as accessible as possible.

Do I need a skip?

It’s likely that you will. If you’re going ahead with getting one, make sure there is room for it either in your driveway or on any nearby land you own. You don’t want to cause any problems with your neighbours, and note that you’ll need permission off your local council if you’re going to put one on the road outside your house.

Can I be present in my home whilst the work is ongoing?

Yes, there’s no reason why you should have to move out whilst the project is ongoing. However, you should remember that in this time there will be disruptions in terms of noise, as well as work men going back and forth. If you feel that this will be an issue for you, consider staying somewhere else at least until it’s nearly done.

How long will my conversion take?

This all depends on a number of factors, for example, if you have a large loft, then it’s inevitably going to take longer than one that is smaller. There’s always a risk of problems cropping up, so it’s best to plan for the conversion taking longer than what you’re told. A good estimate would be around two months, though this could be shorter or longer depending on the circumstances.

So now that those questions are out of the way, you can get right back to looking forward to the end result.

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  1. This is a great post, as loft conversions are becoming more and more popular.It utilises space that may not be used at all or only for the storage of rarely used items. This can lead to the question of what do you do with the items that are there at the moment if you convert the loft? In practice most loft conversions do have some storage space around the edges and much of what is kept in the loft could probably do with a good sort out! Building a loft conversion is usually less dependent upon weather conditions unless it is a major rebuilding of the roof. Work can often continue in rainy or frosty conditions that may not be possible for other extensions (although possibly not for certain aspects such as building a dormer- but this often does not take long to create a weatherproof shell).

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