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Loft conversion: please tell me your dos and don'ts

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LeninGrad Wed 31-Mar-10 16:40:42

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R2G Tue 19-Jun-18 00:28:05

Hi @seth are you finished now? We've just started. I'd love to see a picture of finished ceilings. The joists have just gone in and seems so low

flumpybear Tue 03-Apr-18 11:14:53

@runjumpclimbswim - just messaged you to ask about your loft extension as we're considering this company too. hope that's ok
thank you.

Seth Mon 19-Feb-18 08:57:21

And no just to add.. the amount of extra space it has added upstairs is incredible . 2 decent sized bedrooms and a shower room. I don't think you would regret

Seth Mon 19-Feb-18 08:52:10

R2G

Very topical question! I am right in the middle of this at the moment. They had to lower 2 bedrooms' ceilings and saw the progress on Friday. No I wouldn't say the rooms look noticeably smaller or cramped st all. The ceiling now sits just above the which surprisingly doesn't look odd at all! They haven't plastered it yet but I can only imagine that will improve the look.

What I hadn't accounted for (as my focus and questions were all on the loft and not what would happen to the rest of the house) was how those 2 bedrooms beneath would look! They stripoff all the wallpaper, take the carpets up, rads off walls etc. However they do redecorate it all so I have faith that I can get it back to its former state!

R2G Sat 17-Feb-18 19:56:46

Did anyone have to lower their ceilings? What's that look like in the rooms below? Do you regret it?

Maeb Tue 25-Jul-17 13:29:55

If you are getting Velux windows buy the electric or solar powered ones as the rain sensor is an absolute must. We bought the manual ones and cannot leave the windows open, even when we are in the house, as when it rains the room gets soaked angry.

Make sure the en-suite is large enough.

user1498911589 Sat 22-Jul-17 15:19:29

Make sure that you have a large window - our loft is converted and we have a large window at the back which is several feet wide (it's four windows) and high so we can see out when we are sitting down. It's obviously changed the roof line a lot but because it's at the back we got planning permission. It's also vital for ventilation as loft rooms can get very hot.

KimKardashiansArse Fri 21-Jul-17 14:21:42

Good luck to you too Al!

HairyAl Fri 21-Jul-17 13:47:01

Hi KimKardashiansArse - sorry to hear that! Fingers crossed they start soon with you...

KimKardashiansArse Fri 21-Jul-17 13:33:14

hairyal - That's nothing. I signed my contract with Econoloft at the end of December and they still haven't started yet!!! 7 MONTHS. When we signed they said it would be the end of March.

crisscrosscranky Fri 21-Jul-17 11:41:20

12 days! I'm 14 weeks in to a 3 bed/1 bath bungalow loft conversion with another 3-4 weeks to go!

HairyAl Fri 21-Jul-17 11:25:40

Central London Lofts. Think all the people are employed by the company, but I think they've taken on too much work to be honest - have seen the same guys moving round from place to place. Then the fitters are away for the next two weeks on holiday. I'm resisting sending my responses till I'm not so angry...

MintJulip Fri 21-Jul-17 11:09:22

I have heard larger companies use loads of teams who are not actually employed by them and if a delay happens in one area, it slows the whole lot dowm. which company did you use?

HairyAl Fri 21-Jul-17 10:58:47

We paid the deposit right at the end March, and work should finally be starting 8th August - did other people have shocking delays like this?...

BuggerFlip Thu 06-Jul-17 12:22:10

12 days??? I'm 9 weeks in and have probably another couple of weeks to go.

justgivemeamo Tue 04-Jul-17 22:30:36

great thread thanks for bumping

Gobbolinothewitchscat Tue 04-Jul-17 21:55:36

12 days?! Including installing a bathroom and plastering?!

runjumpclimbswim Tue 04-Jul-17 21:24:43

I just wanted to come back and revive this thread. I found this when searching for loft companies and am so grateful I did. I was considering using Moduloft as they'd started a conversion down the street. However, this thread led me onto Apexloft.com and Woody who owns it. He has since done our loft conversion. Moduloft booked and rebooked the initial consultation, wasting quite a lot of my time. Apexloft quoted me a price over the phone, from our architects drawings and completed the job without adding anything additional to this quote. The roof was off and on within a day and a half, and the whole project complete in 12 working days. The crew that he brings along is first class, professional and extremely kind. We have small children and everyone was careful not to leave doors open so I didn't have to worry about my 3 small kids (6, 4 and 9 months). The whole project went smoothly, and I feel indebted to apexlofts for making our loft into a spacious 2 bedrooms and bathroom. Also worth noting that our neighbors house is still not completed with moduloft...which was started before I even got the quote with Apexloft. Oh and I should say as well that they went above and beyond as far as completeness goes. The even boarded in the under side of the stairs making a half height closet for me.

Groves01293 Thu 09-Jun-16 10:44:59

If you are looking for a trustworthy company to build you a loft conversion or extension I heard these guys are pretty good www.wedothat.net My friend recently used them and we are in the process of getting a quote for our kitchen extension X

jl503 Tue 11-Nov-14 10:52:43

don't use plusroomsplus. gareth lloyd is very charming to start off with, but becomes aggressive and is only interested in taking your money. He left me with no roof since week 2 and rammed my house with rubbish as he was too tight to hire a skip. 40k and 11 weeks into a 6 week build he wanted more money and left without windows or a roof. i had water leaking through 3 floors, damage to my furniture and to the flat below, and when I contacted him about this he told me that my neighbours shouldd 'grow up' as their flat was a s..thole anyway.

his guys are great lads when they're allowed to turn up but he is an unscrupulous 'businessman' who does not give a damn about your home

catwomanga Tue 05-Aug-14 12:13:34

Please help. Halfway through our loft conversion with a very reputable company that just sent an email saying they're going into liquidation. Called their insurer and they said they can't do anything until it's official. Anyone else been in this situation?

naturalbaby Wed 31-Aug-11 19:23:07

We did a lot of 'don't's on this list and were v.lucky!
our only issues were with head room (i'm v.tall) and the steel they put in meant we had problems fitting plumbing across the floor so the floor had to be raised a bit.
the plumbing is a bit slow to drain up there, dh put in a saniflow in the end to help get things moving!

SybilBeddows Wed 31-Aug-11 18:32:36

use a building firm that specialises in loft conversions rather than a general one that has only done a few

get blinds with shiny reflective surfaces on the outside to reflect the heat; loft conversions can get very hot. For the same reason, if you can have windows on both sides so you can get a breeze through, it's good.

expect the rest of the house to get very dirty for no apparent reason

good luck! We were very glad we had ours done.

narmada Wed 31-Aug-11 14:20:28

Make sure that they take account of the space that'll be taken up by the insulation when calculating how much head hight you'll be getting. My parents were very surprised just how much room the reuqired insulation took up and it took away from the available head hight. Also, there must be more expensive but thinner insulation available - ask your builders/ architect what materials they had in mind and google it to check it's acceptable to you.

TheEndlessArete Tue 30-Aug-11 19:28:20

ooooh, fascinating thread...just about to embark on one ourselves...anybody got anything to add ?!

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