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07-01-2005, 14:41   #1
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Attic Conversions

Not your usual Rip-Off Ireland topic but i'm becoming more concerned the more i see what my Dad is getting quoted for an attic conversion.

Due to the outrageous prices being quoted by all sorts of cowboys for attic conversion i think it would be a good idea if people were to post reputable companies who have done attic conversions for them (that they were happy with of course).

This would help others, like my dad who is getting the run around by various cowboy outfits, to get a decent quote from skilled converters.

So please post who did yours and the cost. Maybe post bad experiences too. And maybe it will get prices down to a more realistic level.
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07-01-2005, 14:46   #2
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attic warning

i got mine done around 4 years ago by friends etc
not a good choice i wish i listened to the enemy . ie.. wife.


get a quote and go round every attic dealer youll find a grand approx at least in the difference

but a job done on the cheap can be one that turns out costly
i had a fxxxxng nightmare re doing the tank and a few other bits.

i just wish i got mine done legit.. so i could of got them back and fixed it

17 grand is average for an attic conversion .
are you looking for a dormer ?

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7 Grand ???? Where???

I was quoted 26K from attic.ie

Still looking for someone...
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i got mine done around 4 years ago by friends etc
not a good choice i wish i listened to the enemy . ie.. wife.


get a quote and go round every attic dealer youll find a grand approx at least in the difference

but a job done on the cheap can be one that turns out costly
i had a fxxxxng nightmare re doing the tank and a few other bits.

i just wish i got mine done legit.. so i could of got them back and fixed it

7 grand is average for an attic conversion .
are you looking for a dormer ?
7k You dont have a clue what you are talking about thats for sure where did you get that price from mr d duck and co ltd
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Having watch a lot of Home and leisure over the holidays 26K seems reasonable. Most of the DIY show were talking about £20k to £30k for a really nice job. I suppose it depends on what is included and the standard of work and materials.

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7 Grand ???? Where???

I was quoted 26K from attic.ie

Still looking for someone...

See what i mean
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07-01-2005, 15:29   #7
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7K would hardly cover materials, not to mention the weeks spent on the job by what will probably be about 3-4 guys.

If you want a proper conversion: Stairs leading up, skylights, flooring, plastering, skirting and the works 30K Seems about right. It's not as simple as it seems, the whole roofing system has to be re-worked to support it with having living space in between the walls.

I heard of some guy who thought it was easy and all he had to do was remove the supports in the middle, so he got a skill saw and went through all the supports, needless to say, the roof was swaying and if it wasn't the perfect day that it was, the roof would have collapsed with the wind.

You could always just go for the flooboard approach.

Get a few MDF 2x8ft tongue and groove sheets and cover the attic floor if all you want is storage until you have enough disposable income for the full conversion.


Just to give you an idea, a typical plasterer charges about €200 per days work. He will need to be there for about 5 days overall I would imagine. That's 1k for plastering alone. at least! and that's just for labour, not materials.

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sorry

the 1 went missing
got to go to typing school

17 k ooops sorry carpenter
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Haha, thats a big difference

Carpenter... by any chance, are you a carpenter?
I'm an apprentice carpenter.
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the 1 went missing
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17 k ooops sorry carpenter
Thats cool 17k is bang on if it is a cut roof but a truss roof is a bigger job rsjs and so on (no prob i need to go to typing school 2 lol)
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Thats cool 17k is bang on if it is a cut roof but a truss roof is a bigger job rsjs and so on (no prob i need to go to typing school 2 lol)

My Dads is a cut roof and the quotes he's getting are €30k - €40k for just a straight conversion 35ft by 25ft from wall to wall in a bungalow.
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Haha, thats a big difference

Carpenter... by any chance, are you a carpenter?
I'm an apprentice carpenter.
yes i sure am 25 years now bud where u working and for who
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My Dads is a cut roof and the quotes he's getting are €30k - €40k for just a straight conversion 35ft by 25ft from wall to wall in a bungalow.
sounds a bit steep 2 me
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attic quote

Hi, do not know how to add as an attachment, so I have pasted it below.

Got ours done by this crowd, quote as below. I would have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone, great job, came when they said they would, cleaned up eevry evening and finished on time.

Actually only saw them one day, as they are strict 9 to 5 people so we were gone in the mornings to work before they arrived. They were long gone by the time we got home in the evenings.

I should say this was not the cheapest quote however we had a good feeling about these guys following our initial meeting with them.

Hope this helps.



C.H.I. ATTICS 178 Howth Road, Sutton, Dublin 13.
Attic conversion Tel: 8321342 Fax: 8393329
specialists Website: www.atticconversions.ie

7th April 2004


FIXED PRICE QUOTATION FOR ATTIC CONVERSION
To make adjustment to boxroom wall and erect a closed tread timber stairs on the landing, two turns, with spindle banisters from top to bottom, leading to landing with Velux window and entry door to. . .
attic room, approximately 17ft x 12ft. (total floor area), with insulated ceilings and walls, plasterboard with skim finish throughout, skirting boards, two large Velux windows, five ceiling lights and two double sockets plus tv and phone connections. Two small doors and flooring will be fitted to storage areas.

We will install a suspended floor using steel beams (RSJ) with appropriate roof supports, and finished with red deal floorboards. Water tank will be replaced and moved to storage area.

Total Cost. . . . . . . . . . € 18,222 (including vat @ 13.5% ) heating/decorating excluded.

Terms: Booking deposit 10% and the balance on completion.

Time taken for completion 10 - 12 working days.

Optional Extras

 Timber ceiling € 698
 Architect’s certificate of compliance € 325
 Extra Velux window € 607
 Upgrade insulation to Kingspan board. € 750

We are registered building contractors and fully covered for employers and public liability insurance.
Note:
Attic should be cleared out before work commences.
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18-01-2005, 23:16   #15
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Hi,

An attic conversion in a fairly standard semi detached house using velux windows start at around €17,000-00, dormers can add another €5,000-00.

Truss roofs depending on a lot of variables start at around €18500-00.
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