Patrick Loft Conversions

How it works - Step by Step guide

Initial Visit

A member of our team will visit at your convenience to measure your loft space and discuss concepts and design. He will give you a firm quote. We endeavour to ensure that this visit is concluded within 30 minutes. After we depart your premises, we will not hassle you. You decide if our quote is acceptable and contact us if you wish to proceed.

When the work has been commissioned, details of your loft are passed to our in house designers, Ministry of Design UK Limited, who will draw up designs for your loft. These designs are then converted into final plans and specifications by a qualified structural engineer.

Getting Ready

We will obtain your planning permission. Simple loft conversions may not need full planning permission and can be carried out under what is know as a "builders notice". A builders notice, if suitable takes approximately 48 hours to obtain. Plans for a standard terraced house can be completed in as little as 4 weeks. However, for more complicated conversions the planning process normally takes about 6 to 8 weeks, but varies slightly according to each local authority. We advise you on which planning route we will need to follow for your particular conversion as part of our free no obligation quotation.

Work Commences

Once all necessary local authority permissions have been obtained, we will visit your premises to erect scaffolding.

Before detailing the building process we would like to take this opportunity to inform you that all of the work undertaken by our company is fully compliant to all relevant building regulations. We also undertake a "Fire Engineering" process throughout the build to ensure that all fire regulations are met.

Constructing the shell

If yours is a Mansard or Double Mansard conversion steel girders are inserted at ridge level. This is done to re-support the roof slope(s) and take the weight of the new flat roof. All support requirements are calculated before installation to ensure correct level of support is provided. Velux loft conversions would have windows inserted at this point. If you are having a Mansard conversion Velux windows may be installed on the non-Mansard side of the roof at this time.

All of the windows we fit are manufactured to British Standards. Velux windows have a unique maintenance free aluminium cladding and are coated with a water-based colourless varnish to ensure a watertight finish.

We now fit a self-supporting suspended floor above the existing ceiling rafters. Steel girders are fitted along the entire length of the loft and the new floor is mounted on them. A building inspector visits at this stage to ensure safety and quality of the construction. This type of floor construction means there is no "ceiling bounce" in the rooms below. Not only is there no bounce but the fire barrier incorporated into the floor gives the additional benefit of sound proofing.

The building inspector returns now for his second visit to check the construction work and fire blanket installation before the final floor covering is put in to place.

The framework for Mansard, Double Mansard or Dorma conversions are now built. The new framework is protected from the weather throughout the building process. Once it is completed the new roof is re-tiled.

Building the Internals

It is now time for the inside of your new loft to start to take shape. As we understand, it is difficult to imagine what your new loft conversion will feel like from the paper designs. Before we put up any partition walls, we invite you to join us for a design meeting. This is an opportunity for you to re-assess and make changes to the original plans even re-positioning internal walls.

As its not always easy to decide exactly where you would like your electrical fitments in the early stages of design, you are able to discuss and adjust your requirements with the electrician throughout the build process.

Once a final decision has been reached on the layout of the new loft the framework for all internal walls and doorways is built. Electricity, lighting and plumbing are installed. All of the walls and the ceiling are insulated.

The building inspector returns for his third visit before the plasterboard is fixed. He now checks to ensure that the insulation is to the required U value and complies to the current thermal heat loss regulations.

We now plaster board and give a plaster finish to the walls. Items such as new bathroom suites, fitted wardrobes etc are now installed. Woodwork details are completed, skirting boards fitted and doors hung.

Finishing Your Loft

Your new loft is now completed and ready for decoration. However we are not yet finished. At this point we will have to enter your home whilst a new loft access is created and staircase built. All effort is made to minimise the impact on your daily routine, all of the working areas are sheeted and we seal all doors to prevent dust spread. We aim to leave you home as we found it.

Once the new staircase has been built your new loft conversion is complete.

At this stage, if required, we can recommend painters and decorators who work to the same high standards as Patrick Loft Conversion Ltd.

Additional Features

As building work progresses many of our clients decide to add additional features not included in the original quotation. We are happy to give prices for these as individual items as and when they are requested.

Certification and Guarantees

To ensure your satisfaction, we ask you to complete customer survey forms at staged intervals during construction.

On completion, the building inspector makes his fourth and final visit to check that the work complies with all relevant fire and building regulations. When the inspector is satisfied a Completion Certificate is issued. This certificate should be kept with the property deeds to enable a full valuation should you decide to sell your house in the future.