Loft conversions are extensive projects that require a number of different trades to complete certain aspects of the build. The vast majority of homeowners seek loft conversion specialists who are able to project manage the whole build from start to finish, including sorting our all the necessary permissions with the Local Authority, for a stress free loft conversion solution. Some home owners prefer to pick and choose who completes each aspect of the build and therefore would project manage everything themselves, potentially saving a few thousand on the way. We highlight some of the key areas that will need addressing.
Their main role is to design the loft conversion from inside and outside the property. It is important you choose an architect that has a high attention to detail as possible due to the fact that if they get the measurements wrong, or don't add important structural items such as a supporting wall, it could cause problems further down the line.
The structural engineer / surveyors job is to stress test the architect’s design to ensure structurally it is possible, and there are no issues which would cause the loft conversion to be unsafe once built. You would want to make sure you are dealing with a reputable company when choosing your surveyor.
After receiving the necessary permissions (if required) from the Local Authority, employing the right builders to implement the designs and plans is important. You want to ensure you are dealing with tradesmen who have had experience building loft conversions and have completed previous jobs in the area recently.
Once your loft structure has been built by the builders you will need to find a plasterer who will finish the internal structure with smooth walls. Finding a good plasterer shouldn't be much hassle as there are a number of companies that are able to do that in most areas.
Electricians / Plumbers
Electricians and plumbers are the last piece of the puzzle. It is important to work with companies that have the right accreditation and a team that are experience with loft conversions as they bring their own complications.
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