If you’re considering a loft conversion for your Chelmsford home, you no doubt have some questions and concerns. Having worked on many loft conversions in Chelmsford, Grant Builders answers some of the more frequently asked questions to help put your mind at ease…
Having a loft conversion can cause upheaval, but the end result is always worth the disruption. However, if you want to know just how long your home is likely to be a building site and what you can do to help the work progress as quickly as possible, our experience of completing loft conversions in Chelmsford gives you an idea of what to expect…
What’s a reasonable timescale for a loft conversion?
Obviously the size and complexity of a loft conversion has a bearing on how long your project will take. However, it’s not unreasonable to expect your loft conversion to be completed within six weeks.
Should the loft be cleared by the homeowner prior to work?
Yes. To avoid delays, a homeowner should ensure that the loft area is emptied, including any items stored in the eves or in cupboards. The space should be free of any obstructions before work starts.
Is there any other preparation a homeowner can carry out?
Emptying the loft should be the top priority. Equally, access to the loft space should be free of obstructions too, i.e. the landing, hallways and the stairs in order to prevent trip hazards.
Should a homeowner seek alternative accommodation for the duration of the work?
It’s not a necessity. The majority of loft conversions in Essex carried out by Grant Builders have taken place while the homeowner(s) remained at the premises. It’s a question of circumstances. For instance, some homeowners with young children may consider spending a week away, while others tend to book a holiday to coincide with building work.
However, you should consult with your builder if you’re planning to be absent for some or all of the build. They may need you around to discuss the work, especially towards the latter stages of a project as decisions may need to be made about the spec you want.
Will utilities such as electricity, gas and water need to be disconnected?
Not necessarily, Grant Builders aims to keep disruption to a minimum. However, should we need to temporarily disconnect the utilities, the homeowner(s) will be notified accordingly, but they don’t need to be turned off the moment we start work.
Is there any other advice you can offer for converting a loft?
Yes. Have a clear idea about what you want the end result to be. You can talk to Grant Builders about design and layout ideas in order to get the best use out of the space available. Do you want the area to be a bedroom, an office or a playroom for the kids? Whatever your vision, consult an expert first.
For every Chelmsford loft conversion we’ve worked on, we find that imagination needs a touch of the practical injected in order to manage expectations and we provide that practical touch. We work with you, giving you step-by-step support to ensure that your loft conversion is completed to your expectations, on time and on budget…