Taking on an ambitious renovation project such as a house extension is bold but you must have a plan in place that will get you the approvals from your local council and will meet with all current set of Building Regulations.
Failing to get a the works regularised for your home extension or carrying out the building work without proper approval can result in a building project that is poorly constructed or unsafe.
Your local council could force you to take your extension down if it contravenes Building Regulation rules and requirements. Going forward with an extension without a proper plan will backfire and could be very expensive for you.
You will need to ensure that everything to do with your house extension is above board and legal before you commit to or pay a deposit for any construction work.
Getting a proper plan in place
The good news is that you can get everything in place to get a green light from your local council for your new home extension by getting GL Design Services to do the structural calculations for your house extension.
Our structural calculations report will give you a complete outline of the design and build work needed to carry out your extension. It will include a detailed list of the measurements for RSJ’s and any other structural supports needed such as timber joists, rafters, wall type, foundation layout and, where applicable, overbridging measures above public sewer to make sure your extension is sound and safe.
With our help you can ensure that your plans for an extension will be in line with current Building Regulations – this is an element that should never be overlooked when taking on a home improvement project of this size.
You must also ensure that your extension plans are in line with your local authority’s planning guidelines before you start any work. If you are unsure about any of these steps, then it is worth getting in touch with a professional for advice, such as our team at GL Design Services.
You must also bear in mind that the permitted development rights which apply to many common projects for houses do not apply to flats, maisonettes or listed buildings. If you own a listed property, it is a criminal offence not to seek special consent when it is required, so you must get clear guidance about this if it applies to you.
Building Regulations (Part A) requirements
All new building work must comply with current building regulations, which as the minimum expected standards for the design, construction and any other alterations as set by the Government.
This will involve a local council building surveyor coming out to inspect your home and assessing your plans for an extension. They will check your plans and calculations to make sure the work will be up to standard.
If they find fault with your plans and calculations, they will make recommendations and improvements to bring it up to scratch. Until your plans meet with their standards, they will not be able to issue the appropriate inspection certificates.
This is not only time-consuming, it is very frustrating for you when all you want to do is to get on with building your house extension to improve your home.
It will always be better to get things right in the first place by bringing in GL Design Services to complete thorough calculations for your extension to ensure that your plans meet with all building requirements, local planning regulations and will give you a clear picture of your building project to work from.
Why not get in touch with our team today to discuss your needs. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.
Structural engineering services in Croydon and the South East
We work with homeowners living in the Croydon, London and South East area to help them create the home of their dreams. Our structural engineering services will be a crucial part of ensuring your house extension runs smoothly and goes ahead without a hitch.
Everyone that wants to build an extension to improve their home and give their growing family the space they need will have a budget to stick to. The last thing you want to happen is for your building project to run over budget.
Getting your home extension plans drawn up correctly from day one can be the best way to prevent you from exhausting your funds or needing to take out expensive finance to cover the extra cost of your construction bills.
Get a plan and stick to your budget
It is practical to sit down and think about how much you can afford to spend on your new home extension. If you need to talk to your bank or building society to secure a loan to undertake the project, you don’t want to go back to them to ask for more money if your building costs get out of hand.
Remember that it is not only the labour and building material costs that you need to budget for. You need to factor in extra services such as electrical power and lighting installations, plumbing and drainage (for kitchen and bathroom extensions), and the cost of refitting rooms with new furniture, fixtures and fittings.
Getting help from GL Design Services with a structural plan for your project will save you both time and money before setting a date for your building work.