Extensions

Due to the current financial climate many homeowners are choosing to extend their existing home in order to gain valuable space rather than moving up the property ladder. If planned and executed well, building a home extension can not only provide you with additional living space but can also add considerable value to your property

It is vital when planning a building extension to ensure that everything done complies with the government’s building regulations. Unless the planned extension is a porch, conservatory or detached garage built at ground level and taking up less than 30m2 of floor space (always check with the Local Authority first to confirm their criteria), it is likely that building regulations will be relevant. (see building regulations section on this website)

zuschi6It is therefore necessary to engage the services of a Structural Engineer to ensure that the relevant structural calculations and drawings are produced so the regulations can be satisfied. These drawings will also enable your builder to price and construct the project.

We have considerable experience working with individuals and businesses from the initial structural feasibility study to submission of calculations and drawings and would be more than happy to talk to you about your proposed building works and home extensions.

Loft Conversions

The conversion of your loft, attic room or dormer can be an extremely cost effective and efficient way of adding new living or indeed storage space to your property. Although it may not be necessary to apply for planning permission, under new regulations that came into effect from 1 October 2008 a loft conversion for your house is considered to be permitted development, not requiring an application for planning permission, subject to certain limits and conditions. However, building regulations will apply to such an extension.

The regulations will be applied to ensure, for example:

  • loft conversion – the structural strength of the new floor is sufficient
  • the stability of the structure (including the existing roof) is not endangered      in your loft or attic conversion
  • safe escape from fire
  • safely designed stairs to the new floor
  • reasonable sound insulation between the conversion and the rooms below

We would always recommend the instruction of an architect or architectural technologist to provide building regulation drawings and specifications for a loft conversion. We would then use their approved drawings to provide structural calculations, drawings and details to ensure compliance with the building regulations Document A ‘structure’.

Basement Conversion

Another popular way of adding more space to your property is converting or renovating your basement or cellar, this is called a retrospective basement and building Regulations will apply for work of this nature. They will cover such areas as underpinning and foundations, fire escape routes, ventilation, ceiling height, damp proofing, electrical wiring and water supplies. We would always recommend the instruction of an architect or architectural technologist to provide building regulation drawings and specifications for such works.

You must also consider the Party Wall Act 1996 if other properties adjoin yours (above and to the sides) and you share walls.

At Sean Clark Associates we have considerable experience in all aspects of the renovation of basements, from small one room conversion to substantial additions of lower ground floors.

Garage Conversion

An increasingly popular way of adding more space to your property is converting or renovating your garage into a habitable space. Building regulations will apply for work of this nature. They will cover such areas as foundations, fire escape routes, ventilation, ceiling height, damp proofing, electrical wiring and water supplies. We would always recommend the instruction of an architect or architectural technologist to provide building regulation drawings and specifications for such works.

You must also consider the Party Wall Act 1996 if other properties adjoin yours (above and to the sides) and you share walls.

At Sean Clark Associates we have considerable experience in successful conversions with great space gaining results.