Loft Conversions Kirkwall

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  • Kirkwall Extra Bedrooms and Storage in Loft
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  • Kirkwall Loft Plans and Planning Applications
  • Kirkwall Dormer Bungalow Conversions
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Loft Attic Rooms Kirkwall

Use your home to provide the best possible living space by building 2 or 3 extra bedrooms within your existing loft space

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Kirkwall Planning Department Kirkwall Planning Applications

Loft Hatch Kirkwall How much extra living space do you want?
Rather than purely convert your loft area it's worth considering how much extra space you want or need and decide if a loft conversion, extension or both may be required
Loft Accomodation Kirkwall What type of living space do you want?
Think of how you want to use any extra living space: Master Bedroom with ensuite, Children's Bedrooms, Storage, Office Space, Dining Room or Large Kitchen
Building History Kirkwall Local History Kirkwall
Take a look at neighbouring houses in your street and locale; use a notebook to record what kind of alterations have been allowed then make a rough plan of the type of loft conversion you want

Submitting Kirkwall Building Plans to Kirkwall Planning Department

Planning Advice Kirkwall Contact Your Local Planning Department
Talk to your local planning department and ask if they will meet with you to discuss their current policies regarding extensions and alterations to your property
Planning Help Kirkwall Help From Your Planning Office
They handle many planning applications and know which applications are approved and which are rejected; Use their knowledge to short-list the type of property developments that are likely to be approved and use this as your strating point when considering a loft conversion or extension to your home

Building Confidence with Neighbours

Local Opinion Kirkwall How Do Your Neighbours Feel?
Talk to your neighbours about your plans and ask them if they have any objections before you begin consulting about building plans
Local ApprovalKirkwall Do your neighbours approve?
If your neighbours have no problems with your idea or you can agree on the areas likely to raise objections then you're less likely to have a neighbour complain when the planning department contacts them once you submit your planning application

Loft Conversions: Building Plans Kirkwall

Loft Construction Plans Kirkwall Available Loft Space
Standing room is important so you need to get a reasonably accurate idea of the available loft space where you can stand upright
Dormer Construction Plans Kirkwall Dormer Windows in Loft Conversions Kirkwall
If you can incorporate dormer windows into your loft alteration then you can increase the available floor space within any loft rooms
Building Plans Kirkwall Initial Home Improvement Plans Kirkwall
Once you have a clear idea about the type of loft extension or conversion it's time to make initial sketches and plans of the room sizes and types you want - Base your initial plans on existing rooms so you can have a better idea of how the space can work

Building Plans and Architectural Drawings Kirkwall

Expert Architectural Plans Kirkwall Loft-Attic Plans Kirkwall
Time to call in the experts - You are now ready to get help from Loft conversion and extension experts
Meeting Plans Kirkwall Talking Through The Building Process
Ask someone to visit your home and go through your ideas so you feel comfortable with the planning permission and home alteration process for Kirkwall and can get advice on what is involved including a cost estimate for your building work or loft conversion

Kirkwall Loft Flooring

Floor Joists Kirkwall Old Ceiling Joists New Loft Floor Joists: Are They Strong Enough?
Ceiling joists have to carry very little weight compared to a floor joist hence the joists in your loft will need to be strengthened

Wooden & Steel Beams Kirkwall Wooden or Steel Support Beams
In order to ensure the loft is sturdy enough to handle storage and living requirements; the floor should be strengthened with additional wooden or steel beams to spread the additional load of a loft room
Floor Support Kirkwall Strengthening your loft floor
Most modern lofts were only designed to support ceilings and occasional loft access and would not take the weight of a loft floor with storage or furniture hence without warping and damaging the ceiling below
Wooden Joists Kirkwall Loft Floor Joists
The new joists are independant of the ceiling below and take the loft flooring boards or traditional floorboards as required
Sound Insulation Kirkwall Loft Sound Proofing and Fire Protection
If the loft is to be used as an additional living space then the floor will need to incorporate sound proofing materials and fire protection

Construction: Trussed Rafters Kirkwall

Attic Layout Kirkwall Dwarf Walls and Loft Room Layout
As the attic-loft area is converted; the walls to create the new room layout will be constructed in the roof space: rafters and ridge beams will be upgraded and altered as required to maintain a solid integral roof and then the old roof trusses will be removed
Attic Alterations Kirkwall Opening out the loft space
If there is sufficient loft height to create a serviceable room; then building regulations allow for trussed rafters to be replaced with an alternative roof support system that opens out the loft area

Loft Access Kirkwall

Loft Staircases Kirkwall Loft Openings with Permanent Staircase Kirkwall
Compact Spiral staircases and other permanent staircases will need building regulation compliance to ensure the structure remains safe and complies with fire regulations
Loft Hatch Opening Kirkwall Loft Hatches for Occasional Access
If you want the loft hatch openend up and a retractable folding ladder-staircase then planning permission should not be needed

Dormers & Skylights Kirkwall

Loft Double Glazing Kirkwall Flush Fitting Loft Windows
Velux windows and similar flush fitting windows for roofs may be allowed without planning permission as they do not materially alter the roof outline
Dormer Double Glazing Kirkwall Dormer Loft Windows
Altering the outline of your roof by building a dormer window opening or similar roof alteration to increase the usable loft living space will require planning consent from the local authority and compliance with any additional local bye-laws and caveats

Bungalow Kirkwall Dormer Roofs Kirkwall

uPVC Guttering Kirkwall New Fascias and Guttering
The exterior fascia boards are installed along with soffits and guttering to create a unified and weather proof roof structure
Loft Window Installation Kirkwall Removing Roof Sections
The area of the roof to take the new dormer is removed and a dormer frame is constructed in-situ then strengthened with a skin of plywood, insulated and protected before completing the roof and flashing as designed and agreed

Interior Loft Conversion Kirkwall

Stud Walling Kirkwall Interior Stud Walls
The room layout is re-created according to the building plans with the construction of the interior stud walls
Loft Room Storage Kirkwall Loft Room Development
Depending upon the design the layout will allow for bedrooms, office space, an ensuite shower or bathroom, walk-in wardrobes so that the timber stud work is ready for the next stage

Kirkwall Tradesmen: First Fix

Plumber Kirkwall First Fix Loft Plumbing Installation
Toilet, Bath, Shower and Sink locations will be marked on the plans and the appropriate waste pipes and water pipes will be installed; central heating radiators will also require installation of appropriate pipework to connect into the heating system
Electrician Kirkwall First Fix Loft Electrical Installation
Wiring for lights, switches and sockets will be made ready and additional heavy duty cable installed for a shower unit, whirpool bath etc

Double Glazing Kirkwall: Lofts & Attics

Flush Fit LOft Windows Kirkwall uPVC Flush Fit (Velux) Windows
Depending on the room layout; openings can be created in the roof to install double-glazed window units
Dormer PVC Windows Kirkwall uPVC Dormer Windows
Once the interior loft structure is in place; new double glazing units can be installed into the ready-made opening

Thermal Loft Insulation Kirkwall

Loft Insulation Kirkwall Insulating the pitched roof
Insulation can be fitted between the rafters or within the stud walls of the conversion to ensure the the loft space complies with modern insulation requirements

Kirkwall Plasterboarding Lofts

Builder Kirkwall Wall boards
With insulation, 1st fix plumbing and electricals in place the rooms can be plasterboarded and the individual loft areas made ready for plastering and joinery
Ensuite Kirkwall Showers and Bathrooms
If the room is going to be finished as a wet room then the appropriate boards can be applied to create a waterproof shell

Wood-Joinery: Lofts Kirkwall

Joinery Services Kirkwall Door Architraves
The architrave of choice will be fitted to complete the door openings - There are a vast range of architrave sets while usually a simple to maintain softwood architrave is fitted
Interior Doors Kirkwall Door Casing
Depending on the desired finish, softwood door casings will be fitted to create the door openings and walkways
Replacement Skirting Boards Kirkwall Skirting Boards
There are a huge variety of skirting boards available from narrow modern designs to the large fancy Victorian designs: Hardwood,softwood and mdf type skirting complete the popular choices

Kirkwall Loft Plastering

Plasterer Kirkwall Skimming and Finishing
As with most building construction, the finishing trades start the transformation from building shell to home; plastering the walls and ceilings completes the first first fix stage

Kirkwall Second Fix Trades

New Electrical Sockets Kirkwall 2nd Fix Electrics Kirkwall
Installing light fittings, switches and electrical sockets, connecting the shower and installing ring-mains into the main distribution board and fuse box (circuit breakers)
Shower Installation Kirkwall 2nd Fix Plumbing Kirkwall
Installation of bath, shower, toilet cistern and taps and plumbing into the cold water and hot water systems; installation of central heating radiators
Door Furniture Fitting Kirkwall 2nd Fix Joinery Kirkwall
Hanging doors and cutting out for door furniture, installing fitted wardrobes, cupboards and any bespoke shelving or storage space

Loft Staircase Installation Kirkwall

Staircase Installation Kirkwall Straight Staircase
If space permits ;this is the easiest and often cheapest solution going from lower floor to loft in a single run
Stairways to Attic Kirkwall Return Stairs
The run from lower floor to loft is split into two with a landing allowing the run to rotate 180 degrees
Attic Stairs Services Kirkwall L Stairs
Similar to the return staircase; the direction changes through 90 degrees with a landing
Loft-Attic Access Kirkwall Circular Staircase
The staircase sweeps in a broad circular arc between floor levels and is one of the more complicted staircase to build
Joinery Services Kirkwall Spiral Staircases
There's something quite exciting about a spiral staircase rotating its way into the loft space
Most spiral staircases are custom made in wood, steel, or mixed materials and come ready made to fit the specified loft opening
Spiral diameter, step height and rotation direction are all worked out in advance

Kirkwall Handrails & Spindles

Staircases Kirkwall Stair Spindles Kirkwall
An open effect can be achieved with glass panels instead of individual wooden, wrought iron or metal spindles or wooden panels
There's such a variety of spindle shape choice that 2 loft converions rarely use the same choice except for wall mounted hand rails
Staircase Fitting Kirkwall Handrails Kirkwall
Modern handrails for staircases and landings are available in a variety of profiles and maaterials with Hardwood, oak and pine being the most commonly used

Kirkwall Upstairs Flats: Loft Conversion

Flat with Attic-Loft Conversion Kirkwall Flat Conversions Kirkwall
Depending upon the agreements covering the property and/or lease regarding loft space; it is perfectly feasible to convert the top floor flat into a twin level dwelling by adding a loft conversion

Loft Conversions Kirkwall Fire Doors

Home Conversion Kirkwall 2-Storey to 3-Storey Dwelling House in Kirkwall
Converting a home in the Kirkwall area to a 3-storey property with a loft conversion will require fire resistant doors
 Kirkwall Fire Resistant Doors Kirkwall
When needing to replace existing interior doors with fire doors due to a loft conversion; the ground floor and first floor rooms off the main landing will need upgrading and a higher rated door used into the attic conversion itself
Bungalow Conversions Kirkwall Bungalow to 2-Storey home in Kirkwall: Fire Doors
Generally when converting a single storey bungalow to a 2-storey property normal interior doors will be acceptable

Roof Repair Services

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Commercial Properties

Commercial building alteration and roofing services in the Kirkwall area

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  • Kirkwall Rented Property Maintenance
  • Kirkwall Office Modernisation
  • Kirkwall Factory Buildings
  • Kirkwall Mezzanine Floors

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  • Stud Walls Kirkwall Plasterboarding & Skimming
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  • Industrial Electrician Kirkwall Electrical Wiring
  • Drain Clearing Kirkwall Drainage

Creating Attic Rooms

Structural improvements to convert lofts and add living space

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Kirkwall property renovation and alteration services:

  • Kirkwall Attic Rooms
  • Kirkwall Dormer Conversions
  • Kirkwall Roofing Services
  • Kirkwall Building Maintenance
  • Kirkwall Ground Floor Extensions

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Trusses: Timber

  • Kirkwall On Site Truss Construction
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Fascias & Cladding

  • Kirkwall PVC Cladding
  • Kirkwall Bargeboards
  • Kirkwall Soffits
  • Kirkwall UPVC Facias
  • Kirkwall Replacement Cladding
  • Kirkwall Replacement Wall Panels

Gutters, Guttering and Drainpipes

Replacement PVC-U Gutter & Drainpipe Fitting

  • Kirkwall UPVC Drain Covers
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  • Kirkwall Rainwater Collection
  • Kirkwall Replace old Guttering
  • Kirkwall UPVC Downcomers
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Windows - Roof Lights
  • Kirkwall Velux Windows Installed
  • Kirkwall Skylights Fitted
  • Kirkwall Replacement Windows
Ridge and Roof Tiles
  • Kirkwall Broken Tiles Replaced
  • Kirkwall Building Insurance Estimates
  • Kirkwall New Ridge Tiles Fitted
  • Kirkwall Ridge tiles re-pointed
Kirkwall Flat Roofs
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  • Kirkwall polymer-modified
  • Kirkwall Flat To Pitched Conversion
  • Kirkwall Reinforced Bitumen
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  • Kirkwall high performance - HP
Roof Tiles
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  • Kirkwall Wood Shingles
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  • Kirkwall Cement Tiles
  • Kirkwall Slate Tiles
  • Kirkwall Ridge Tiles
  • Kirkwall Clay Tiles

New Roof Fitting

  • Kirkwall Flat Roofs
  • Kirkwall Pitched Roofs
  • Kirkwall Outbuilding Refurbishment
  • Kirkwall Roof Tiles Removed & Replaced

Roof Windows

  • Kirkwall Flush Fit Windows
  • Kirkwall Dormer Windows
  • Kirkwall uPVC Windows
  • Kirkwall Skylights
  • Kirkwall Velux Windows
  • Kirkwall Replacement Windows

Chimney & Flue

  • Kirkwall Chimney Leaning Chimneys Rebuilt
  • Kirkwall Chimney Chimney Flashing Replaced
  • Kirkwall Chimney Chimney Repointing
  • Kirkwall Chimney Cowlings Fitted
  • Kirkwall Chimney Old Chimneys Capped and Vented
  • Kirkwall Chimney Chimneys Rebuilt

Guttering & Roofing

  • Kirkwall Asbestos Roof Removal
  • Kirkwall UPVC Facias
  • Kirkwall Facia Boards
  • Kirkwall Roof Tiles Replaced
  • Kirkwall Rainwater Soakaway
  • Kirkwall UPVC Gutterings
  • Kirkwall Lead Roof
  • Kirkwall Ridge Tile
  • Kirkwall Flat Roof Repairs
  • Kirkwall Soffits
  • Kirkwall Concrete Tiles
  • Kirkwall Cowlings
  • Kirkwall Roofing Repairs
  • Kirkwall Leaking Guttering Replaced
  • Kirkwall Leaking Roof Repairs
  • Kirkwall Roof Coatings
  • Kirkwall Cladding
Electrics Kirkwall

Loft Rewiring, socket and light fitting installation, shower cables installed Kirkwall

Kirkwall Felting
  • Kirkwall Outbuilding Roofs
  • Kirkwall Roofing Felt Replaced
  • Kirkwall New Felt Roofs

Kirkwall Loft Beams

  • Kirkwall Flitch Beams
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  • Kirkwall Plywood Box Beams
Felting Kirkwall
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Kirkwall Roof Trusses

Resources for a new Roof Trusses access point Kirkwall