Loft and attic conversions
The Attic Company are based in Sheffield and are ideally placed to serve the Yorkshire region. We have over 20 years experience in loft conversions. I first started as an apprentice City & Guilds joiner all those years ago. I soon found I was doing work for various builders always on loft conversions so I decided to set the Attic Company up 15 years ago and have since gone from strength to strength. I myself will personally do your job from start to finish with a team of fully qualified personnel who I have worked with for many years. All work fully guaranteed and with an insurance backed warranty.
How the job progresses
This is a brief summary of the entire loft conversion process, from start to finish:
- An initial visit to your property is arranged.
- During this visit, we listen to your requirements, advise on the best solutions, discuss alternatives, work out approximate sizes of the rooms that would fit and the placement of stairs.
- We then prepare a full, written estimate for you based on the choices you have made.
- Once you have accepted the estimate, we arrange for an architect to visit your premises in order to prepare full plans and drawings for your approval.
- Once you are happy, these drawings are sent to the Local Authority for approval.
- Once the approval is received, a date is arranged for the commencement of work.
- Shortly before the start date, our approved scaffolders then erect a working and storage platform.
- At the beginning of the first week, the bulk of materials needed to build your loft conversion are delivered and loaded onto the scaffold.
- We then cut a hole into the roof, which we use to gain access to the loft — this is how we will gain access until the new stairwell is built, limiting disturbance for you and your household as far as possible.
- Steel beams are installed to support the new, independent floor and to support the weight of the roof once certain structural items have been removed.
- New foor joists are fitted and plumbers and electricians may be called in at this stage to install under-floor pipes and wires.
- The Local Authority building control officer will inspect the work at this stage to ensure that everything is being done in accordance with the approved plans and calculations.
- The new flooring is fixed down.
- Alterations are now made to the roof itself — for example, Veluxes are installed, dormers and gables are built.
- Any new internal walls are now built, whilst our approved roof tilers finish outside weather protection.
- The electricians and plumbers will now visit if necessary to fit wires and pipes for radiators, switches, sockets and so on.
- Insulation is cut and fitted to approved standards.
- The Local Authority building control officer may wish to inspect the work again at this stage.
- Our plastering team then fit new plasterboards.
- The new stairwell access is now cut out.
- The new staircase is then fitted, around the beginning of week four.
- All the new rooms and stairwell are now plastered.
- Allowing sufficient drying time, final fittings are now carried out: the plumber will attach radiators, sanitary ware and so on; the electrician will fit switches, light fittings, smoke detectors; and the joiner will fit doors, latches, architraves. skirting, handrails and spindles.
- Local Authority building control officer will make his final inspection and report.
- The work is signed off by the Council. Usually conversions take between 6 - 12 weeks.
Loft conversion from start to finish
Photos below showing progress from start to finish of a recent loft conversion we have installed.
The Completed loft conversion