DIY Loft Conversion Advice

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There is lots of DIY advice and tips available on this site and at the bottom of the page you will find some links.

But why undertake a project like this in the first place?

House prices may be coming down but with the financial upheaval going on then converting the loft is, more than ever, probably the best solution for families looking to increase their living space rather than moving to a new and bigger home.

Although the transformation of the roof space into a habitable room is a very sizable and involved project, with good planning, the right experience and plenty of help to call upon it can be done.

But a project such as this can get very complicated unless you have a very good plan and perhaps some help.

Just because it is a do it yourself project doesn't mean you can't have help.

Planning and design or locating the right supplies and tools is just a few things to consider in this kind of challenging project.

First Steps And Some Simple DIY Loft Conversion Advice

The loft has probably been used as a storage area so you will have to start with cleaning it out and finding something to do with all that junk.

Only then are you ready to begin to plan your DIY Loft Conversion. Everything in its proper order.

DIY Loft Conversion Advice – Planning

The best word of warning is quite simple – Don’t change your mind!

Once you have decided on your design and actually began the project it is often impossible or impractical to revise your scheme.

Quite often people get in to a project and then change their mind and think they want to do it a different way. The obvious problem with this is that it will probably cost more money to start over or change directions.

While converting the loft can add value to your home you don't want that added value eaten up in the cost.

Indecisiveness is usually the biggest reason that some people won't even attempt loft conversions.

Here's Some DIY Loft Conversion Advice - Why Not Get Some Help?

If you are looking for help when planning to convert your roof space then why not consider a shell loft conversion as a starting point?

Obviously the major obstacle to most of us when planning to convert the loft ourselves is the structural work that will have to be done.

Installing RSJ beams, adding a dormer and strengthening the floor will be beyond the skills of most of us but by contracting a specialist builder to carry out a shell loft conversion the DIYer has the best of both worlds; the heavy and technical structural work is carried out by a specialist contractor whilst DIY expert concentrates on what he is experienced at by concentrating on joinery, plastering and decorating.

So what is a shell loft conversion?

Basically a specialist loft conversion company is contracted to carry out all the structural work involved in converting the loft such as installing the new support beams, carrying out the roof work and putting in a dormer if required.

The contractor will also put in the new flooring joists, the staircase up to the loft and the new windows.

In short all the heavy and structural work will be completed by the builder leaving the DIYer with the ‘shell’ of a loft conversion.

The homeowner can then get stuck in and put up the internal walls and lay the flooring. Plasterboarding, bathroom fittings, plumbing and doors can then all be fitted by the homeowner.

The option of using a contractor to build a shell is a great way to receive DIY loft conversion advice and help but will also cut costs with the homeowner completing all the finishing work to the project.

So its a win win situation then?

Plenty much but of course there are a few things that you do need to be aware of. It is hugely important to nail down exactly what work the contractor will be responsible for.

The last thing you want or need is for the builder to walk off site and then discovering the floor joists have not been installed and there is a gaping hole in the roof where the new skylight windows should be.

A shell loft conversion should be exactly what it says; a complete shell just awaiting the interior work to be finished by the homeowner.

Another massively important factor to bear in mind are the loft conversion building regulations.

You must ensure that your contract with the builders makes clear that they are responsible for ensuring all their work complies with the building regulations.

Final payment should not be made until the local building control officers approves the work carried out by the contractor.

However, once that approval is give and the contractor hands the project over the householder then assumes responsibility and ultimately it is the homeowner who must obtain the final completion certificate from the building control office.

For more info see the related pages below

Making Stud Walls For Your Conversion

Looking For DIY Loft Conversion Advice? Don't Do This!

Make Sure You Know About The Building Regulations

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