Whether you are hoping to add more value to your property, create an extra room in your house or simply change up the layout of your space, converting your loft is a great way to make the most out of what you already have in your home. Depending on the type of roof that you have, and on the work that needs to be done, converting a loft can take from a few weeks to a few months. Here’s how you can find out how long yours will take:
The First Steps
Before you start with any construction work, you will need to figure out what you want to do with your loft, and get planning permission from your local council. Deciding what you want to do with your loft is very personal: some people have a clear vision in their heads, others are more indecisive. Once you found a good company to manage your project, it can take some time for you to decide what is the best option for your space, and draft a final plan. Now comes the hard part: there’s really no way to tell how long it will take you to get planning permission for loft extensions, as times vary greatly depending on the area where you live. Just know that it could be a while so be patient, and plan to get permission way ahead of when you want to start actual construction.
Building The Loft
To find out how long your loft will take to build, you need to decide on what type of loft conversions you are after. There are three main categories of loft conversions:
- a velux loft
- a dormer loft
- hip to gable loft
A Velux conversion is when your plan to create a loft simply involves adding in Velux windows to your existing roof. This is by far the easiest kind of remodel, and will take two weeks to a month.
If you are planning on adding a dormer window to your loft for extra space and light, this already involves a bit more technique and materials. You can hope to finish building it in a month to a month and a half.
How Much Time?
Finally, you may find that you want to expand your roof to give you even more space. If you are looking to convert your loft into a full studio apartment, this may sometimes be your best option. Of course, this kind of loft extensions also involves a lot more work, so expect construction to last for up to 2 months.
Loft extensions can be very simple, or require a lot of work. During the planning stage, when you are drafting a design with the company you have chosen to help you, they will be able to give you an estimate of the time it will take to complete. But as a general rule, this type of work on your home should take no longer than two months to complete, no matter how large your remodel is.