Mr Prentice had considered a loft conversion to his property for some time, almost 4 years to be exact. For one reason or another the time just never seemed to be right. Mr Prentice wanted to convert the loft on his three bedroom home in Didsbury to create a new fourth double bedroom with a walk in wet room, containing a large shower, toilet, wash hand basin and radiator. He knew he did not want to extend the roof shape with dormer windows or any other type of roof extension, as he wanted to retain the original shape and size of the roof to maintain the original integrity of the house, however after many meetings with developers, neither he or any of the developers could understand how this could be achieved considering a very difficult existing staircase arrangement currently in place. The first floor of the house was actually larger than the ground floor of the house as the bedrooms above extended over a passage way leading from front to rear which created an unusual stair plan in the house.
Mr Prentice knew that these new rooms above must feel like a real extension to the existing home, not an after thought, this meant the new loft stairs were probably the most important part of the loft conversion and must be right. This was one of the reasons he had pondered the whole project.
Eventually he contacted The Loft Specialists. We listened to his requirements, his concerns and most importantly his hopes. We then compiled details of existing ground floor and first floor layouts and carefully considered possible stair options to the new second floor area. Following our visit we consulted with the local authority planning and building regulation departments along with the requirements set out by the current fire regulation authorities (planning permission was not required) we provided Mr Prentice with sketches of all floors along with a detailed stair layout to the loft. And most importantly the costs.
Works commenced on January 4th 2011 with the early morning delivery of the majority of materials, whilst scaffold was being erected, Our special delivery truck has an extendable hydraulic lift to ensure all materials are lifted directly onto the scaffold leaving the driveway and other footpaths clear and of course making installations by our teams a lot simpler and safer (no carrying of heavy materials up scaffolds).
The steel beams were installed to carry the loft floor, accurately levelled and securely bricked into place. With the installation of fire protection materials, timber floor joists and acoustic insulations. The plumbing and heating requirements are carefully considered at this stage so as to achieve a smooth completion later ( waste and feed pipes are placed beneath any new flooring) concealing for a clean line within the new loft rooms on completion.
The restructuring of the main roof trusses. Here we install new structural timbers alongside old existing roof rafters to envelope the new loft rooms, giving stability and trueness to the new decorative wall finishes.
Installation of insulations and plasterboards to the roof and perimeter walls of the new loft rooms. During this process we will install the main parts for the final electrical and plumbing requirements, I.e. wall sockets, lighting points, and all bathroom sanitary (quite often we install the whole bathroom to ensure exact placing of each unit, then remove them to be stored for re fitting later). This process can be time consuming but ensures we get the best arrangement for the rooms.
Staircase installation. Prior to this point all works including materials and contractors enter the loft area from the scaffold keeping your home clean, tidy and dust free. Once we complete the installation of the staircase with works around that, and completion of wet plastering (dry plaster boards already installed) the work is completed through the house, however we use a special type of dust sheet, this is "Carpet & floor PRO" this material is a clear self adhesive plastic sheeting that sticks to carpets, walls and any other floor covering protecting that from any dust or debris from the loft or Attic works. This material is then pulled away completely residue free leaving the coverings beneath clean and dust free as we found them.
With this type of loft conversion (a Velux window conversion) we are at this stage completing the works. Wet plastering, final fix carpentry (skirting boards, architraves around door frames, doors to the new loft rooms, and of course the completion of the new bathroom and other plumbing requirements). We offer a guaranteed time frame here where we ensure that once we start the internal works involving connections to the main part of the home, we will complete within an agreed time frame or give you 5% cash back (time frame agreement contracts must be separately signed).
Cleaning / removing scaffold / taking away excess materials.
"Many thanks for the works completed with the minimum of fuss"
Mr S Prentice Didsbury South Manchester.