Our architectural surveyor and structural engineer will prepare the drawings, usually within a week. They will be sent to you for your approval and for any changes you would like to make. If required we submit them for planning permission. The planning process usually takes 8 weeks. Once permission is granted the drawings are submitted to the local Building Control Department for Building Regulations Approval.
A plain English contract and detailed schedule of works will be sent to you by post. It will need to be signed by you and a witness to form a legally binding agreement. A 5% deposit is required before work commences. During the works payments are invoiced at equal weekly instalments. A progress flow chart is also provided to keep track of your payments. The flow chart is updated and sent to you at weekly intervals with a report detailing completed tasks before each payment is requested. Depending on the type of conversion, the project usually takes between 5 to 9 weeks to complete. Our working hours are 8.00am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday.
The first day will consist of erecting scaffolding, making the loft a safe environment and transporting materials into the roof space area.
The RSJ steels are installed and the new floor joists placed into position.
The staircase is usually fitted in the third week. This is always an exciting stage of the loft conversion because your new upper floor can be easily accessed. At this stage the structural work will be complete. Once the staircase is safely installed the plumbing and electrical first fixing stages begin. To comply with current Building Regulations an electrical completion (Part P) certificate will be issued. Floor boards are securely fixed and the internal wall positions are set out and constructed.
Rigid insulation is fitted between the rafters and multi-layer Thinsulex is fitted spanning across the underside of the rafters with a minimum 50mm ventilation gap between the roofing felt and rigid insulation.
High U-value insulation is used to meet the requirements set out by Building Control. Global warming is here and to save energy the government is constantly adjusting the requirements set out by the Protocol agencies. We keep up-to-date with all the new regulations for insulating our loft conversions. At this stage the Building Inspector must approve the insulation. Once approved the plasterboard is securely fixed to the interior walls and ceilings followed shortly with two skim coats of plaster.
This is an optional service as most clients carry out this work themselves. However, if requested, we can provide a quotation for the painting & decorating.
Before handover we carry out electrical testing, to comply with Part P, smoke detector test, plumbing test, and a general overview of the entire conversion to check for snags i.e doors/ windows are operating properly. There will also be a final inspection of the roof before dismantling the scaffolding.
On rare occasions and with the more complex projects it may take a little longer than scheduled. However, we do guarantee to complete the project no longer than 2 weeks after the scheduled completion date. We do our utmost best to finish on schedule. More important to us is finishing the job to the highest standard possible and to your total satisfaction.
Included in our service is an unparalleled after care package which covers every detail. If, in the unlikely event there are any snags after the handover day we will deal with it immediately. You may require some minor adjustments, for instance, trimming the bottom of the doors after the carpets are installed. We will carry out this free of charge. Six months after handover day we will contact you to ask if there are any snagging issues. One year after the hand over day we will contact you to ask again if there are any snagging issues, however small.
A 10 year structural guarantee applies to all of our loft conversions as standard. All dormers, new roof work, all exterior work and Velux windows are covered by our 10 year leak free guarantee.
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