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LOFT CONVERSION TIMELINE

PLEASE NOTE: this is a provisional estimated schedule of works, Any additional refurbishment

Week 1

Works generally not to start on a Monday

 

Erection of scaffolds

Preparatory works

Removal of loft insulation and structural preparation 

Installation of steelworks

Week 2

Ideal for a mid-terrace period property

Construction of structural floor

Construction of interior external walls

Dormer frame construction 

Week 3

End of terrace, semi-detached or detached

 

DORMER FRAME CONSTRUCTION

Apex or Velux Conversion

Lofts with sufficient head height,  conservation areas

An apex or otherwise known as roof light conversion is where you don’t alter or expand the existing space at all, but simply add in windows and reinforce the floor to transform an attic into a comfortable living space. It is slightly cheaper than other loft types, and is most likely to get approved in conservation areas. You will, however, need to have a minimum of 2.25 headlight in the middle of the room leaving space to build up the floor. This head-height means that the stairs will have to go in the middle of the room. 

Example Plan: 1 bed, 1 bath

Mansard Loft Conversion

Terraced, or end of terrace and conservation area

A mansard loft conversion is constructed by raising the party wall (the wall shared with your neighbors). The roof remains flat, while one outer wall slopes gently inwards usually at 72 degrees. Windows are usually housed within small dormers. Mansards are typically found at the rear of the house, and although they are suitable for many property types, they are most popular in terraced houses. They will almost always require planning permission and are more likely to gain approval if your neighbors have them.

Example Floor Plan: 1 bed 1 bath

Mansard L-shape loft Conversion

Terraced, or end of terrace or conservation areas

Not every property can have a mansard. An L-shape mansard, much like the above mansard, will most likely require planning permission. The only difference is the addition of a mansard to the rear outrigger. This addition is well worth considering.and would add extra space to include an additional bedroom or a bathroom 

Example Floor Plan: 2 bed 1 bath

Week 1

Erection of scaffolds,

Preparatory Work

Removal of loft insulation