Project: Loft Conversion to Existing Mid Terrace 3 Bedroom House
This is the second instalment of our loft conversion case study and is the exciting part that follows the work undertaken by Oakland Mills week by week.
Work starts on site and the scaffold is erected outside to allow a suitable working platform for this loft conversion. The dusty loft is cleaned and cleared of the original insulation to expose all areas of the loft.
The fabricated structural steelwork arrives on site and is installed to create the skeleton framework for this loft conversion. Two new steel beams will be positioned above the existing ceiling joists and fixed on padstones into the existing party wall to the front and rear of the loft floor plan. A third beam will be installed under the existing ridge timber in order to support the existing roof and the new flat roof dormer. Timber inserts are fixed with the steel beam flanges and metal banding is fixed to support the existing ceiling joists once the original ceiling binder is removed.
The builders have been fighting against the weather but have managed to strip the existing concrete roof tiles in preparation for the new dormer structure. The breathable roof felt will provide a much-needed dry working environment sheltered from the weather.
Next, the low-level stud walls are constructed on top of the steel floor beam and the new rafters are fixed alongside the existing rafters leaving a storage access hatch. The new floor joists are installed between the new steel floor beams and fixed into position using joist hangers. We can now start to see the basic shape of the loft room coming together.
The first hole in the internal ceiling as the builders break through the first opening into the landing area for access to materials.
It’s a bright sunny day and time to open up the rear roof and start work constructing the large flat roof dormer. Quickly the external shelf of the dormer and flat roof decking is installed and the breathable felt is wrapped around the structure within the day to provide some external weatherproofing. The next day the rubber flat roof membrane is bonded to the flat roof decking and the dormer is completed with vertical tiles the façade.
The existing roof structure is ready to be removed now the roof has been successfully supported and is now protected from the weather. Work can now begin on the internal areas of the loft conversion.
Quickly the loft conversion is insulated with a polyurethane rigid insulation board packed between the rafters allowing a 50m air gap above. The Velux roof lights are installed to the front elevation sloping roof allowing the natural daylight to flood the room, what a difference this makes to the once dark, dusty loft.
The work progresses, and the internal areas are fully insulated, stud walls are erected and the walls are boarded ready to be plastered.
The new UPVC windows are installed to the dormer and the en-suite springs to life although we are still waiting for the bathroom suite.
The external flat roof dormer is now completed with the UPVC facia, soffit and guttering and the lead flashing is installed.
The big day finally arrives and the new timber staircase is installed allowing natural daylight to lighten up the existing dark landing area.
The plasterers have arrived ready to give the loft room a nice smooth plaster finish. This will take approximately 14 days to sufficiently dry out before the walls can be applied with a backing coat painted finish.
The scaffolding is gone and showcases the new rear elevation and the flat roof dormer.
The new bathroom suite has arrived and the plumber is busy fitting the suite whilst new tiles are fixed to the floor and walls. At last the en-suite is complete and looks great.
The plastering has dried out and the doors, skirting and electrics have been installed and the loft conversion is ready for the final decoration and new carpet.
After 8 weeks this loft conversion is finally complete within budget, and our clients are happy. The loft conversion looks fabulous and has created a large much needed bright bedroom. From this old dark and dusty loft to a bright and spacious bedroom with en-suite.
If you have a loft conversion or extension in mind, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s start designing your project today.