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UK Building Regs Made Simple

To make sure that new builds, extensions and renovations in the UK are of a universal quality standard, most projects must adhere to official Building Regulations. These are like a set of rules, which in England and Wales became law in the Building Act 1984. They govern things such as the structural integrity of the project and the quality of the materials used. As well as creating a framework to manage risk – ensuring the safety of any future occupants – and meet environmental aims. Just as with Planning Permission, your project would need to be evaluated alongside these objective considerations. With the possibility of securing either a pass or a fail.

Mansard Loft Conversions Cost Guide

Mansard loft conversions are an innovative way of gaining more space in the house you love. At Extension Architecture we specialise in creating unique solutions for your property, allowing you to utilise the valuable floor space that you have tied up in the loft and create additional living space. They are built to the rear of properties and change a slanted roof into an almost straight one, giving you plenty of room to play around with the layout. Some Mansard loft conversions can be big enough for two bedrooms and a bathroom too. Mansard loft conversions are named after Francois Mansard, a prominent 17th-century French architect and have long been a popular way to maximise space by converting the attic.

Residential Structural Engineer Guide

With so many of us spending more time at home, everyone is looking at how to maximise their space. If you want to adjust the layout of your home or create a house extension, this type of renovation is always best managed by a structural engineer to ensure it’s viable and safe. If you plan to self-build, it’s critical that you use a structural engineer as you plan. They will assess the structural condition of a property and then recommend and calculate a plan for the types of materials you should use, plus their weights and dimensions. Their work also includes any civil designs required by the project such as retaining walls, road design and drainage needed for Building Control Approval.

Garage Conversion Planning Permission

If you're looking to add some extra space to your house, a garage conversion could be a great idea. Many people are sitting on empty garages, so converting them into an extra room can add both living space and value to your home. Whether it's a larger kitchen, extra bathroom or a playroom that you'd love to add to your home, taking space from an unused garage is a great option.

Two Storey Side Extension Guide

A two storey extension can be a great way to add space and value to your existing home, without the need to move to a bigger space. Many people choose to add extensions to their homes to give them the freedom to live in a space that suits them, tailored towards their specific needs. Before you start out with your two storey extension, you'll need to think about a number of things. First of all, it is crucial to become familiar with the planning restrictions and processes, the different professionals that will need to be involved in your build and the cost of the project.

Permitted Development: What You Need To Know About 2-storey Extensions?

There's great news for homeowners looking to extend their property. As of September, new changes to Permitted Development rights mean that those who wish to extend their space by up to two storeys may be fast-tracked without the need to apply for planning permission. This is ideal for homeowners who are growing their family, are caring for an older relative in their home or who may need more space for one or more home offices in the new normal.
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