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Mini Loft Conversions

All about mini loft conversion

Here is an example process of a mini loft conversion...

Mini Loft Conversion - Day 1
Get floor sub-frame and boards down
Mini Loft Conversion - Day 1 - Get floor sub-frame and boards down
Mini Loft Conversion - Day 2
Build walls up and create partition & doorway
Mini Loft Conversion - Day 2 - Build walls up and create partition doorway
Mini Loft Conversion - Day 3
Double foiled bubble insulation walls & roof
Mini Loft Conversion - Day 3 - Double bubble foil insualtion to walls and roof
Mini Loft Conversion - Day 4
Plasterboard, skirting's and door to storage
Mini Loft Conversion - Day 4 - Plasterboard, skirtings and door to storage
Mini Loft Conversion - Day 5
2nd fix electrics and done ready to decorate
Mini Loft Conversion - Day 5 - 2nd fix electrics and done ready to decorate
Mini Loft Conversion Completed
View from another angle
Mini Loft Conversion - Completed Ready To Decorate

Do you want something a little more special than just loft boarding?
Do you need some extra space for a storage that's cleaner and safer to use?


Do you need some clean dry insulated safe to use extra space for storage instead of that dreary, dusty cobwebbed loft?    The missus frightened of spiders?

We can board out your loft space to create an area to use as a cleaner insulated more useable loft storage area.

Our luxury storage rooms include wood fold away steps for easier access or simple stow away aluminum folding loft ladders and concertina ladders.

We can open up your existing loft hatch to make it bigger and more accessible so you can use your loft properly.Mini Loft Conversion

We strengthen and raise your existing joists to support the new room and so you can add or keep your loft insulation when we install the new floor.

We can stud walls and roof batten, install the latest technology eco loft thermal bubble layer foil wall and roof insulation then put up plasterboard walls (Dry-lined not skimmed).
Plaster boarding will prevent you falling over or off the storage area so make it safer to use your loft.
Thermal foil bubble insulation on the walls and roof will prevent the extremes of temperature change in a loft thus providing a more stable temperature for storing in your loft.

We even add skirting boards to trim neatly, ventilation and electrical air extraction for when in use, balustrades, safety rails, smoke alarms and lighting. Why not add access doors to eaves to create much needed storage in the harder to access areas.

NO PLANNING PERMISSION REQUIRED
IN MOST CASES BUILDING CONSENT OR INSPECTION IS NOT REQUIRED
(IF IN DOUBT CHECK WITH YOUR LOCAL BUILDING CONTROL)
CREATE A DRY CLEANER SAFER TO USE STORAGE ROOM
COLLECTORS OR EBAY STORAGE ROOM
FOR OCCASIONAL LIGHT USE - HOBBY ROOM - HOME OFFICE

So what's the difference between just loft boarding and a mini loft conversion / luxury loft storage?

They are cleaner and more dust free, a sealed storage area, ideal for people with allergy's.
Keeps out the spiders, flies and wasps and stops you walking in to cobwebs.
The insulated roof and walls help control the extreme fluctuations of hot and cold temperature changes and makes it more stable for storing items that could be effected by extreme cold and heat changes.
The plaster boarded roof and walls keep everything in and prevents anything from falling out on to your ceiling and also you from falling into a none boarded area.
A more suitable environment for browsing through your keep sakes and belongings
and occasional use.

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How much does it cost?

Prices start as low as £4000 on average for a small 2 bed terraced size house fully fitted including materials and labour depending on the area you required to convert, but its definitely a lot more affordable than a full loft conversion.

We offer FREE no obligation surveys by a trained installer.

GUIDE PRICES ONLY

There is no set price as all houses and lofts can be different and customers also have different requirements.
A survey will be required to determine actual price. Actual prices based on storage floor square metres and room cubic capacity

SMALL HOUSE (APPROX. 12m²) LIKE A SMALL TERRACED £4000 - £6000
MEDIUM HOUSE (APPROX. 15m²) LIKE A LARGER TERRACED OR SEMI DETACHED £6000 - £8000
LARGER HOUSE (APPROX. 20m²) LIKE A LARGER DETACHED £8000 - £10000

ACTUAL PRICE IS BASED ON FLOOR STRENGTHENING AND LEVELING REQUIREMENTS
THE AREA TO BE BOARDED, INSULATION TYPE, CUBIC CAPACITY OF ROOM
WHAT ELECTRICAL WORK IS REQUIRED LIKE LIGHTS AND VENTILATION.
SKIRTING BOARDS, HOW MANY LOFT EAVE ACCESS DOORS - TYPE OF WOOD LOFT HATCH AND WOOD LADDER MODEL

DRY LINE FINISH ONLY - NO PLASTERING REQUIRED - READY TO DECORATE

*** WE DO NOT INSTALL VELUX WINDOWS OR ELECTRICAL SOCKETS ***
YOU CAN HOWEVER CHOOSE TO HAVE THESE INSTALLED YOURSELF BY A COMPANY OF YOUR CHOICE.
ALL PRICES INCLUDE MATERIALS, LABOUR AND VAT

How long does it take to do?

Depending on how big your loft it to start with but for example 2/3 bed house can take only 6-7 days but this will be determined by the surveyor when he visits and he will advise on approximately how long it could take.

So what's the advantage of having a luxury storage room?

Air-flex thermal roof and wall insualtion Well for one thing it keeps the spiders at bay, its clean and not as vulnerable to the elements that a roof void is exposed to such as extremely hot days and freezing cold days causes huge increases and decreases in loft temperature.

With the foil bubble thermal insulated shield we install behind the plasterboard it prevents the cold and heat getting through and keep the heat in the room to.

If it gets a bit warm we do normally install an electrical air vent extractor and you can even go ahead and have a Velux roof window installed for some natural light and air.

Why is it important to put ventilation in?

Air-flex thermal roof and wall insualtion We always recommend installing some kind of ventilation or extractor simply to keep the air flowing in your new loft room.

It can get very warm and stuffy without any air movement even if the loft hatch is open warm air rises and forms above the highest point in your loft and has nowhere to escape which is why we always install either mechanical vents or electric extractors to help pull round the air in you loft room.

Also its a good idea to allow air to flow around your loft room so that the remaining eaves and general areas can also have adequate ventilation to prevent any condensation build up.

The raised floor we use to board on to is also designed and installed in such away as to allow air to flow underneath your floor and around your insulation.

This is also very important as boarding directly on to your joists is not good practice and will cause major problems.

What is a sub-frame for?Raised Loft Sub Frame and Storage Boarding

 Sub-frames are basically a supporting frame under the boarding to allow the boarded area to be raised or for adding better support and strength.

See examples of different sub-frames we use to create a safe, strong storage floor in your loft.

We do three types of Sub-frame. Suspended Timber Standard, Timber Trussed & LoftZone Raised Sub-frame.

Any houses that has any insulation protruding above the joists will require a sub-frame before boarding.

Boarding directly to the joists by removing or squashing insulation is bad practice nowadays and may even affect your building insurance or building warranties.

Today everything in the building trade has to be done in accordance with building regulations and the rules must not be broken.

a Sub-frame will allow the insulation and loft to breathe. Stopping air circulation in lofts by boarding all of your loft or blocking eaves and roof or soffit vents can caused problems like condensation build up which can lead to mould.

Never let anyone suggest its ok to squash insulation down or remove it just to get boarding down. And if you use a sub-frame above your insulation do not box in the ends leave them so air can pass underneath your storage floor and insulation so it can work efficiently.

Raised Loft Sub Frame and Storage BoardingA sub-frame can also be built in wood depending on the type of loft you have, this will be accessed when the survey is carried out. Usually older house require a support sub-frame to help strengthen and level the loft area to provide strong storage platform.
Battens or cross braced wood laid directly to the joists without support will not suffice.

Raised Loft Sub Frame and Storage Boarding

A wood sub-frame should always be built suspended or semi-suspended so as not to put extra pressure or load on to your existing ceiling joists, especially in the centre of a room. The technique we employ is to suspended a timber sub-frame to the main purling's and rest on supporting walls. This will take the load to allow a "floating floor" type sub-frame to take the boarding, people and storage weight sufficiently without compromising the existing ceiling joists which are not designed to take extra weight without any extra support.

What sort of access will I need?

Loft ladders in aluminium and wood

There are various methods for access to get in and out of your loft using standard aluminium stow away in the loft ladders.

We can do concertina ladders for those high reach ceilings and the most popular especially for converting your loft in to a deluxe storage area or usable room is to use a fold away wood ladder and frame with a extra long door opening starting at 1.1m long.

These makes access even easier especially those of us that are not so confident on standards rung ladder. The wood option has a wide tread so a lot like a solid pair of step ladders which are attached to the back of the loft door so they are easy to operate with a spring loaded assist on the door.

We can also install special fixed staircases (providing you have the room) .

If you don't want to go down the wood hatch and stairs route you may just want a simple to use aluminium ladder. If your ceiling is within reach of a 2 section (2.69m max reach) or a 3 section (3.00m mas reach) we can install these so they are fixed to your loft floor and they can neatly fold up in to your loft using a reach pole.

You will have to have the appropriate loft hatch door for these to work correct.

Loft Hatch Replacement

We can supply and install a plastic building regulations spec draft sealed and insulated fold down loft door and frame do work in conjunction with the new aluminium ladders.

We can enlarge your existing loft hatch opening to accommodate a new standard sized (726m x 566mm) loft hatch.

In some case it can be as simple as removing the old one and fitting the new one, but older house tend to need the hatch making large to accept a new style hatch.

Its always better to have your access sorted out so you can use you loft storage room properly without making hard work trying to get through small openings which in most case will not even accept a ladder unless they are the right size.

If your loft hatch is a lift off type either in wood or plastic then it is 99.9% certain it will need to be replaced with a new plastic hatch door and frame.

The next step

If you are interested in a luxury loft room for clean sealed storage or light hobby then why not call to arrange a FREE no obligation survey so we can explain what will be the best option and what we can offer you.

All lofts are different and do require a survey to determine the requirements like material, labour involved and also most importantly to check your loft is suitable to have this work done.

Its not as complicated as a full loft conversion, but then a luxury loft room is only for storage and occasional use and doesn't require all that major work normally associated with full loft conversions.

Maybe you want a hobby room, study or a clean storage area or maybe even an eBay stock room or somewhere to set up a train set or car racing set.

This is not a full loft conversion, and not to be used as a living or habitable room. We never recommend these rooms are used for sleeping in or using as a temporary bedroom  We only build rooms suitable for storage and occasional light use or hobby.


If you require a quote for a mini loft conversion simply call us on 0161 663 2651 or 01772 361163
or our FREE phone number 0800 87 999 67 or e-mail us