How Your Loft Will Be Converted
Phase 1: Concept and Design
We will work from the drawings and structural design that your Architect and Structural engineer have already produced,together with any additional specification or notes,should be supplied to us prior to the commencement of work so that your project manager can discuss the proposal with you.
On the other hand we directly employ a highly experienced in-house architect who will visit your home to discuss the design options and produce detailed drawings and specifications. The advantage of having an in-house architect is that we can easily accommodate your last-minute design changes and have an architect work alongside you throughout the project to ensure that your new loft space is a stunning addition to your home. The drawings will be sent to you and our architect can then return to talk you through the design and discuss any changes that you wish to make.Once you have approved the design we will submit the drawings to council on your behalf.
Local Authority Applications
We will also obtain any necessary skip permits on your behalf.
Once your local council has granted the necessary approvals we will be ready to start your loft conversion. At this stage you will meet your project manager and the project team leader to discuss how we can work with you to minimize any inconvenience.
Building Control Approval
All of our projects are monitored by an independant Building Control Officer (BCO).
We will submit your plans,drawings and specifications to the building control officer one week before commencing work.The BCO will inspect our work on your behalf at key milestones during the project.
The BCO is employed directly on your behalf to check that our work meets the current building regulations.Upon satisfactory completion of the work you will be issued with a final certificate from the BCO which you need to keep for future reference.
Advice on the Party Wall Act
If you share a party wall with your neighbour then you are obliged to notify them in writing of your proposals at least 2 months before work commences.The process is designed to ensure that both you and your neighbours are fully aware of the work to the party wall and that you are able to proceed with your project in a fair and reasonable fashion.Our surveyor will prepare professional customised notices for you free of charge and advise you on your obligations and rights under the Act.
Should your neighbours not consent to the notice then you will need to appoint a party wall surveyor.
Phase 2 : Structural Works
We will erect scaffolding outside your home in accordance with the HSE’s Approved Code of Practice,shortly before commencement of the works.The scaffolding will have flame-retardant sheeting (monarflex or similar) installed,where appropriate, to reduce the risk,and nuisance,from any falling debris or dust.We will also make use of approved rubbish chutes,wherever possible.
We ensure that all access to the existing loft space for our workman and materials will be from the scaffolding in the initial stages of the project in order to minimise any unnecessary disruption to your home.The scaffolding will remain in position for the duration of the contract and will be removed promptly upon completion of the works.
Scaffolding will be erected and all materials and equipment will be delivered by crane directly to the scaffolding. We usually allow 4-8 weeks for the duration of the build, but depending on what type of conversion you’re having the actual time may vary slightly. Our project manager will arrange regular weekly meetings with you to discuss the progress so far and details of what work will be taking place during the following week. We will be in regular contact with you throughout the project and further ad hoc meetings will be arranged with the architect, project manager, and team leader as appropriate.
Either one of four types of lofts will then be constructed.
Phase 3: Glazing and First Fix
Aluminium windows will be designed and installed into the loft option you have chosen.The windows will have a powder coated aluminium coated finish thus ensuring a maintenance free exterior and meaning that the windows will not warp in their frames as would be the case with traditional timber windows or doors.The double glazed units have excellent insulation and soundproofing,the inside pane of the sealed units will be low-E efficient glass which allows less heat to escape through the window than ordinary glass due to the energy saving coating.The coating lets sun’s rays through but reflects heat from fires and radiators back into your home.
VELUX Roof Windows
Natural lightis paramount to ensuring your enjoyment of the new loft space.Roof windows also help to reduce electricity consumption by increasing the availability of daylight even on overcast days.We beleive VELUX windows are the best quality and most sustainable windows available todaymeeting all relevant European standards.
The windows are double-glazed and have an excellent vent control bar to provide fresh air even when closed and allows the window to be opened in a one handed operation.Thw window is hinged to allow it to be rotated 180 degrees whick makes cleaning easier,and has double action security lock.The windows enhance insulation performance,keeping the room cooler in the summer and reduces energy loss.All VELUX panes are AA fire rated.
Our staircase installer will survey your property and draw up a proposal,in conjunction with the Architect.Once the design has been agreed with the Building Control Officer,it will be handmade and installed in accordance with the Building Regulations.
Walls and Ceilings
The external wall and ceilings will be insulated with Celotex 120mm thick insulation.Coletex products have been independently assessed by the BRE Trust as having the lowest carbon footprint of any PIR manufacturer.
The walls and ceilings will be lined with 900mm by 1800mm British Gypsum plasterboard which has very good thermal and acoustic properties.The walls and ceiling will receive two layers of finish plaster to ensure a smooth surface ready for decoration.
Phase 4 : Second Fix and Decoration
All of our plumbing work and bathrrom installation is carried out by a fully qualified domestic plumber.If your heating system (boiler)needs upgrading,the work will be undertaken by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
Our price includes extending the existing central heating system into the new loft area and the supply and fitting of a high output convector radiator in each room.We will also supply you with a TRV (Thermostatic radiator valve) for each radiator,allowing you to independently control the temperature and reduce your energy consumption.
En-Suite Bathroom/Shower Room
Our price includes the installation of an en-suite bathroom or shower room.We will install all sanitary ware to conform to all building regulations and the connection of copper and plastic pipes and all fittings into the existing plumbing system.
All sanitary ware (basin,toilet,bath,shower etc) will need to be supplied by you prior to the bathroom being installed.The new bathroom can ofen form the centerpiece of the loft conversion so a good bathroom design will make the best use of he space available.
All the wiring installation will be carried out by a qualified electrician in accordance with the Building Regulations Approved Document P and the Institute of Electrical Engineers Regulations.All the work will be tested by a qualified electrician to ensure safety and quality.
Carpentry Second Fix
Skirting boards,architrave and door furniture will be cut and installed on site by a joiner.Any other required joinery ie cupboard building,shelving and flooring will be undertaken at this time.
Decoration (Optional Extra)
The new loft area will be decorated to the following specification.All the materials will need to be supplied by the client and the cost of these materials is excluded from our project cost.We can however supply the materials due to the trade discounts we have with our suppliers.
All new internal wood in the loft-
1.Given one coat primer
2.Filled,rubbed down and knotted
3.Treated with two undercoats and one top coat
4.Rubbed down in-between coats
All new plaster in the loft-
1.Given one base coat
2.Filled and rubbed down
3.Given two top coats