Loft Conversions, Second Edition by John Coutts(auth.)

By John Coutts(auth.)

Strain on area and alterations in making plans legislation suggest that loft conversions are actually on the leading edge within the race to enhance the functionality of Britains ageing housing inventory. due to the fact 1990, roof area conversions have elevated united kingdom housing potential by means of greater than 2 hundred million sq. ft - a dwelling sector such as a medium-sized urban - with out the lack of a unmarried sq. foot of greenfield land.
Loft Conversions is the definitive technical consultant to the conversion of roof areas in unmarried kin dwellings. It brings jointly a wealth of functional and regulatory information in a kind that's effortless to learn and comprehensively illustrated.
This totally revised and up to date moment variation is meant basically for architects, developers, surveyors and others professionally all in favour of the method of loft conversion. The insights it offers also are worthy to self-builders and to homeowners wishing to accomplish a deeper figuring out of what a loft conversion includes.

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Loft Conversions, Second Edition

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See Chapter 1, Drawings general, on ways to avoid this. Structural engineering: calculations justifying the dimensions, weight, position, fixings and bearings of any beam either timber or steel. In a typical loft conversion, calculations would generally be required for the following elements: ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ Floor beams Roof beams Trimmers (floor and roof) Header beams over windows Spine wall, if proposed for new load-bearing use Electrical safety: some local authorities require information on whether or not the person carrying electrical work is a member of one of the prescribed self-certification schemes.

The Approved Documents are often wrongly described as ‘building regs’. In simple terms, the Building Regulations are law and the Approved Documents are guidance. The use of Approved Document guidance is not mandatory provided that work complies with the Building Regulations. In practice, however, the relationship between the Building Regulations and the Approved Documents is rather more complex. The Approved Documents are an important instrument for the implementation of government policy and, as such, there is an increasing emphasis on quantified standards.

A completion certificate does not provide conclusive evidence of compliance. However, it is a legal document and its significance should not be underestimated: note that a completion certificate is normally required by a purchaser’s solicitor when a house is sold. Resolving Building Regulations disputes Most minor disagreements between a person carrying out building work and the building control service over whether or not plans comply with the requirements of the Building Regulations are settled by discussion and, where necessary, alterations to plans or works.

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