Loft conversions are large scale projects, which require a number of different trades to ensure the attic extension is completed to the appropriate building regulations. Depending on the type of loft conversion you go for, planning permission may be required, which will extend the total time. We have taken a look at the 4 major types of loft conversions in the UK and consider the average expected time for the build to take from start to finish.
A Velux loft conversion is one of the simplest loft conversions you can complete. The roofline is left untouched and the interior is reinforced to make the space usable. Added to this, typically Velux windows are also installed, which improves the amount of natural light for the space. The typically timeframe is around 2-4 weeks but this can be extended if further modifications will be required as part of the conversion i.e. an ensuite.
Dormer loft conversions are the most popular type of loft conversion in the UK, as they are a relatively affordable way of increasing the usable space in your loft, without extensive modification to your roofline. As there are many ways of completing a dormer conversion, the average build time will vary greatly from property to property. However, we tend to see these conversions completed in 6-8 weeks.
Hip to Gable
For those living in semi-detached or detached homes, hip to gable loft conversions are quite popular as they “square” the corners of your roofline, increasing the amount of usable space drastically. As with dormers, the timescale for these types of conversions depends on the size and complexity, however we typically see these builds being completed in 6-8 weeks.
The largest and most complex types of loft conversions, mansard change the whole roofline to accommodate effectively an extra storey in your property. Planning permission most likely will be required, so expect to add up to 6 weeks on top of the build time as the complete start to finish time. We typically see these builds competed in 8-12 weeks.
With all of the timescales above, these could be extended further due to bad weather, materials shortage or general unforeseen circumstances. Any professional loft conversion specialists will always keep you informed if the build time is expected to be extended.
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Typical loft conversion uses