How Long Does Building a Loft Conversion Take?
Are you planning a loft conversion? Whether you’re looking to maximise your home by transforming the unused space above your head, add an extra bedroom, or increase value, this popular renovation option could offer an ideal solution to cramped quarters.
But just how long does building a loft conversion take? After all, nobody wants to live around demolition, drilling, and general construction for months on end. The answer to this question lies in the exact specifications of your project – with a long list of factors able to influence your conversion’s final timeline, from materials and dimensions to the condition of your existing property. In this blog post, M Jarrald’s loft conversion specialists discuss everything affecting how long it takes to convert a loft to living space.
Types of Loft Conversion and Their Timelines
The main deciding factor in the length of time your loft conversion will take is the type you choose. From dormers to simple velux styles, your decision will determine the complexity of your project in its entirety, directly impacting your estimated completion date. Please note that in this context, ‘completion’ is used to refer to a fully constructed plastered shell. Should you be looking to add extra finishes and fixtures, for example, a bathroom, you’ll likely be working with longer estimates.
Velux Loft Conversions
Velux loft conversions involve installing their namesake, Velux windows, into the roofline of a property with sufficient existing headroom. In essence, they add natural light and ventilation (alongside high-standard finishings) to space already dimensionally suitable for living. They’re known industry-wide as the quickest, least-disruptive form of loft conversion, boasting an approximate completion time of just 4 weeks!
This timeline can vary based on factors including the scale of the project, the number of windows being installed and the finishing work required including flooring and insulation installation.
Dormer Loft Conversions
An enduringly popular choice amongst M Jarrald clients across Suffolk, dormer loft conversions typically involve extending the roof on the rear side of a property to create both additional headroom and floor space. The final product can boast either a flat or pitched roof.
A great middle-of-the-road option for those to gain a significant amount of added living space in relatively little time, this option typically takes between 4-6 weeks to complete. Of course, factors including material availability, individual project complexity, and even weather may impact this estimation.
Hip to Gable Loft Conversions
Hip-to-gable conversions aim to extend the ‘hip’ side of a roof to create a vertical ‘gable’ wall as their name suggests. They offer an excellent solution to owners of properties with generous existing floorspace, but a lack of headroom as a result of their hipped roof.
This type of loft conversion averages between 6-7 weeks from start to finish. In line with dormer conversions, hip-to-gable projects require a relatively large amount of structural work and labour, meaning final estimates and timelines may vary.
Mansard Loft Conversion
Mansard loft conversions typically involve a higher amount of labour and structural alterations, requiring the addition of further brickwork to existing party (or flank) walls, and the construction of a steep pitched roof adjoined to the highest point of the existing roof with a new flat section.
This French-inspired option offers increased flexibility for terraced, semi-detached, and detached homes alike, but does tend to take a slightly longer time to construct due to its complex nature – typically 7-8 weeks. In addition, Mansard conversions often require planning permission, adding further to the process.
What Else Can Affect Loft Conversion Completion Times?
Of course, there are other factors affecting how long building a loft conversion takes. Understanding exactly what stands to impact your conversion plans beyond style can help you plan more effectively. Our experts recommend taking the following factors into account when piecing together a project timeline in advance.
Availability of Materials
Whether as a result of Covid-19 backlogs, Brexit, or general manufacturing and logistical shortages, material availability can play a large role in whether or not construction projects are finished on time. This rings true for loft conversions, which, depending on the type chosen, can require everything from bricks and mortar to Velux windows and cladding! In order to avoid material-related wait times, it’s vital to work closely with your contractor to ensure every element of your project is available for delivery in a timely manner.
Skilled Labour Availability
Demand for loft conversions has grown significantly over the last few years, meaning that skilled labourers and contractors can be hard to come by on short notice depending on where you live. If you’re planning a loft conversion, be sure to reach out to reputable building companies with ongoing access to skilled labour providers and the ability to effectively manage their workforce for quotes and information on availability.
Adverse weather conditions can result in significant delays, affecting the progress of loft conversions of all kinds. Those requiring larger structural alterations or occurring over a long period of time are particularly vulnerable to rain, wind, and extreme temperatures – whether hot or cold. Your building firm should factor the time of year and local weather patterns into their estimations for your loft conversion project’s completion date.
Unexpected Issues and Delays
Of course, it’s best to expect (and allow added time for) the unexpected. Common unforeseen issues impacting loft conversion timelines include everything from hidden structural problems (including rotting timber in older buildings) to delays in obtaining vital documents such as planning permission and permits. As with the above factors, it’s vital to account for issues such as these, adding contingency to your timeline, just as you would your budget! Your construction team should lead in estimating this.
M Jarrald Construction: Suffolk Loft Extension Specialists
Finding a reputable loft conversion construction company can be difficult. If you’re based in Suffolk and planning to transform your living space, you can rely on M Jarrald Construction.
Whether you’re concerned with completion times or don’t know where to start, our team are able to offer the advice and expertise you seek. With extensive experience in completing this popular service to an exceptional standard, our team of attic conversion specialists are able to deliver loft conversions of all scope, scale, and design, from simple additions to entirely unique or complex schemes.