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How Long Does a Loft Conversion Take to Build?

  • Posted by: Sebastian Grayson
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How long does a loft conversion take to build? Since every loft conversion is unique and different, it is impossible to give a set time frame for a particular loft conversion. How long your loft conversion will take to complete will depend on a number of factors including the type of conversion that you are planning, whether you will need planning permission, if plumbing in the new room is required, the type of staircase that you will be installing, the number of windows added, and much more.

Do Different Loft Conversions Take Different Amounts of Time to Build?

In general, yes. The more space you are adding to your home with your loft conversion and the more work that needs to be done to achieve the desired result, the longer you can expect your loft conversion to take.

It is also worth bearing in mind that certain loft conversions, for example, a loft conversion that exceeds the limits on additional space or involves a veranda or balcony will require planning permission, which can take a minimum of eight weeks to secure before you start building. You will also need to take Party Wall Agreements into account if your loft conversion is likely to impact your adjoining neighbour’s wall in any way. 

How Long Does a Typical Loft Conversion Take?

A typical loft conversion that does not require additional planning permissions or a Party Wall Agreement will take between six and eight weeks to complete, but the more work that’s required, the longer it will take.

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Does The Type of Property Affect the Building Time?

In some cases, the type of property that you live in or other issues with the house could impact the building time. For example, if you live in a designated area, you will be required to get planning permission to start any type of loft conversion, which could impact the length of time from start to finish. In addition, you may need additional work to be carried out if you live in a very old property that might need additional supports added when building a loft conversion or the removal of dangerous materials such as asbestos before the work can begin. 

What are the Processes of Having a Loft Conversion?

First, it’s important to check that your loft is suitable for a conversion, including whether there is space for a staircase in your home. You will also need to check with an architect or builder to see if you will need to apply for planning permission. If planning permission is required, you will need to apply to your local council. You can draw up plans for your loft at this point, but changes may need to be made to meet any conditions set in place with the planning permission. Once you have the go-ahead, building work can begin.

When Is the Best Time of Year to Have a Loft Conversion?

While summer is a popular choice, you can have a loft conversion at any time of year. Special covers will be used to protect your home and the loft from the elements.

Can You Still Live in a Property Whilst Building Work is Ongoing?

It is possible to continue living in your property while your loft conversion is being carried out. The builders will ensure that the loft is kept covered and secure. However, it can be very disruptive to continue living in the house while work is being carried out, especially if you have children. In this case, you might prefer to arrange alternative accommodation. 

Although a loft conversion typically takes 6-8 weeks to complete, note that this time frame can vary based on several factors. 

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Author: Sebastian Grayson