A shell loft (sometimes referred to as a first-fix loft conversion) is a basic loft conversion perfect for customers looking to do a little D.I.Y, or those working to a limited budget. It involves all major structural work being carried out, including the installation of the new structural floor, joists and dormer(s), while leaving the customer to arrange the design and finishes.
Once the shell conversion has been completed, the rest of the work can then be finished either by the customer or their own nominated third party tradesmen. Shell lofts are an easy way to minimise the costs of a loft conversion.
A finished watertight structure complete with new staircase, while the rest of the design will be left to the customer to finish. This gives the customer the freedom to either get creative themselves or bring in their own choice of tradesmen to finish the project.
Included in a shell loft conversion is:
The process for a shell loft conversion usually takes place in four parts:
Shell loft conversions are perfect for customers that have a limited budget, or for those that have friends in the building industry that can help finish certain elements as highlighted above.
For those looking to have a loft conversion, a shell loft should be considered if you want a more hands-on approach to the construction work and management of the project. It is also very much dependant on the amount of time you have available to give the project, as a shell loft will require you to project manage the second half after construction, in order to complete the project on your own.