Welcome To Starr Lofts Email: info@starrlofts.co.uk | Telephone: 020 8655 2882 | Mobile: 07970 489 942

Our Procedure

ImageSite Visit and Loft Survey
Our first port of call would be to arrange to meet you and to visit your home to carry out a no obligation survey and measurement of your loft. This will enable us to assess what can be achieved with the space you have available.

Exploring Your Requirements and Ideas
We would then need to determine your ideas, dreams and requirements. We will discuss your project and offer advice to help you decide exactly what you want. If you want we can give you the contact details of one of our previous customers so you can talk to someone who's been in your position before.

No Obligation Quotation
After discussing your requirements with you we will be able to provide you with a cost effective, no obligation, tailor made solution for your loft conversion.
Once you've decided on your exact requirements we will go through our order form with you and then will ask you to place a deposit and where necessary sign an agreement.

Architect and Council Approval
If required our architects will now visit your site and survey your house. The information gathered from the survey will be used by the architect and structural engineer to prepare the plans and calculations. The drawings are sent to you and once you are happy with them, you sign them off and then they are submitted to the council.
Full planning approval is not always required for all loft conversions, as you are allowed to extend your property by a certain volume under permitted development LINK TO PLANNING PAGE. If your conversion falls into this category, we always apply for a certificate of lawful development. A certificate of lawful development usually requires approximately six weeks to obtain, however full planning permission takes slightly longer.
On average building regulations approval is obtained within four weeks


Project Management
Once your local council approves the drawings we are ready to start! Now we Imagewill sit down with you and discuss timings to minimise inconvenience.
Now we write to your neighbours to inform them that you're about to start a loft conversion, notify them about any party wall activity and ask if they have any problems to contact us.

The Start of the Conversion
The average construction time is between four and twelve weeks, depending on style and size of the conversion. Where we are able to, we use scaffolding loading bays, so all of the materials are crane lifted up to the loft level so work can be carried out 'through the roof' to speed up the build time and keep the disruption in your home to a minimum.
The exact procedure for building the loft conversion can be discussed between yourself and your project manager, however a typical building procedure is as detailed below.

  • Steel beams and supporting floor beams are installed.
  • Floor joists and floorboards are installed.
  • Dormer window constructed and roof lights fitted.
  • The loft room is insulated.
  • Internal partitions are built and plasterboard fitted.
  • The ceiling is cut out and the staircase is fitted.

All of the above work is carried out by the loft team. In addition to this the plumber and electrician will attend the site to install the necessary pipes and cables. The flat roof of any dormer window constructed will be felted by a roofing contractor at the earliest opportunity. The building inspector will make two of his three visits during this time to inspect the floor detail and the roof structure with the insulation fitted.
After the staircase is fitted the loft team will leave the site and the conversion will be fully plastered. Typically a conversion will take up to five days to dry out. During the drying time no other work will can be carried out, as any vibration will damage the plastering until it has completely dried out.

Second FixImage
During the plastering process, the tradesmen will be booked in to complete their second fix work in order to complete the project. This work is detailed below.

Loft team

  • Fit skirting boards and architraves.
  • Fit handrails and balustrade to the staircase and landings.
  • Hang the doors.
  • Fit access panels.

Plumber

  • Fit the bathroom or shower room suite.
  • Fit the towel rails and radiators.
  • Extend the soil vent pipe.
  • Connect up and test the hot & cold supply, central heating and wastepipes.

Electrician

  • Fit the switches and sockets.
  • Fit the light fittings.
  • Carry out the part P inspection and test.

Inspection and Snagging
Once the second fix's are complete, your project manager will arrange to inspect the works to ensure the work is completed to our high standard. Should there be any unfinished work discovered, it will be detailed on a snagging list for the relevant person to return and complete. if a snagging list is complied it will be forwarded to you for your approval.

Certification
Upon completion and after our final checks we will arrange for council or a certified private contractor to assess your new loft and give you a completion certificate. You will also receive a Part P certificate to show that your loft conversion meets all the current electrical regulations

Leaving it as New!
The final stage is to remove any surplus material, rubbish and the scaffolding.
If you would like a free, no-obligation survey and quotation, please feel free to contact us.

If you would like a free, no-obligation survey and quotation, please feel free to contact us.

Email: info@starrlofts.co.uk

Freephone: 0800 111 4442

Telephone: 020 8655 2882

Mobile: 07970 489 942

Or fill in the form on the right and we will contact you.