In the depths of December, many people will already be planning their home renovation projects for next year. 2020 has seen more people choosing to invest in their home since travel restrictions have been so tight, and a popular way of making more space is through a loft conversion.
But the one question a lot of people have is “how long does a loft conversion take?”, which is why this month, the Kingsmead Conversions team are on hand to give you an overview of loft conversion timeframes and different factors you should keep in mind when planning.
Different Loft Conversions
When thinking about how long a loft conversion will take, you have to consider the fact that no two conversions are the same. Different styles of loft conversions on different property types can impact how long a conversion takes. On average, loft conversions can be done in as little as 4 weeks or may take up to 8 weeks, with certain styles less complex than others. Here are the different loft conversion types, broken down by a rough time estimation:
- Roof light conversions – 4 weeks on average
- Dormer conversions – 5 weeks on average
- Hip-to-gable conversions – 6 weeks on average
- Mansard conversions or full roof replacements – 7-8 weeks on average
Of course, every loft conversion is different, since it depends on the complexity of the design, the age and condition of the property and even weather conditions, which can impact timescales. At Kingsmead Conversions, we can help to minimise how long a loft conversion takes while still ensuring we take the time to get the job done to the highest standards.
Planning & Design Times
As briefly mentioned above, the design you choose might impact how long your loft conversion takes to complete. You might know exactly what you want and create a plan which is perfect for your property or you might not know where to start and require guidance for your property type and the function of the space.
Planning permissions are another factor to consider for how long a loft conversion can take. Since different authorities work at different paces and have different rules, there’s no one timeframe you can put on a conversion. However, by ensuring your planning is compliant and you’re conforming to local restrictions, you can help speed up the process. A professional designer and loft conversion company should be able to help you with these things, saving you a lot of time.
For a brief explanation of how things will break down over the weeks, you can see a suggested timeline here. However, it’s important to stress again that this is not uniform and will undoubtedly vary from project to project.
Weeks 1 and 2 – These weeks are the preparation stages, getting all materials and tools in place and organised according to the work. A hole in the roof may be made so that workers can get to both the inside and outside without disturbing you at this point, but work will mainly begin on the outside, culminating in support work for the roof and the new design.
Weeks 3 and 4 – In these weeks, work will start inside on the flooring, insulation and any required stud walls. For simpler designs such as roof light or dormer conversions, the work on the outside will wind down and for many, very simple conversions, you could find the work is essentially completed in these weeks with finishing touches being applied.
Weeks 5, 6 and 7 – In these weeks, for longer conversion processes, you’ll have a staircase installed to gain access before the loft and the staircase are connected. Meanwhile, plastering, electrics, plumbing and any other specialist aspects of the design are attended to. All that’s left in the end is the decorating!
Professional Loft Conversions
Getting a loft conversion done quickly should come second to getting it done right. With professional loft conversion companies, you can expect that every detail will be taken care of and that safety standards are adhered to. As previously mentioned, you can also expect assistance from your conversion company in relation to planning and designing which will help to make the process much smoother. If you’re offered a complex loft conversion with a turnaround time of fewer than 3 weeks, it’s likely that you’re dealing with someone who either cuts corners or is overpromising on what they can deliver.
At Kingsmead Conversions, we provide a professional service every step of the way, regardless of which loft conversion style you opt for. We offer a full design and planning service to help minimise setbacks and get you the loft conversion you’ve always dreamed of. To discuss your ideas and plans, please contact us today and we’ll be able to discuss how long your loft conversion may take in more detail.