Loft Conversion Building Regs by Loft Conversions Cheshire
A loft conversion is well worth thinking about for your property. Have you thought about discussing your project with a specialist site insurance provider? Loft conversion projects can be complex and often include liability assumed under the Party Wall Act 1996. Our guide reveals the 10 key things you need to consider when weighing up whether a loft conversion is the right way to add more space to your property.
Building Regs For Your Loft Conversion In Cheshire, United Kingdom
If you plan to make your loft space more accessible by installing a staircase to it and improving it by boarding it out and lining the walls and rafters, more extensive work is likely to be required and the building regulations are likely to apply.
Your building control officer will want to check all the different elements of your loft conversion so be prepared for this. Did you know that you can ask your joiner or builder to send building control a copy of the design.
Planning Permission For Your Cheshire Loft Conversion
A loft conversion for your property is considered to be permitted development, not requiring an application for planning permission, subject to limits and conditions. If you're unsure, or think you might need planning permission, an initial discussion with Loft Conversions Cheshire should be able to confirm this.
Some roofs require greater structural input, normally involving the insertion of steel beams between load bearing walls for the new floor joists to hang on and the rafter section to be supported on — together with a steel beam at the ridge. In most Cheshire homes, the existing timber joists that form the floor of the loft space (i.e. the ceiling of the rooms below) will not have been designed to support a significant weight.
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