Many people wonder why they should hire a structural engineer and what it would cost to hire one. We like to deliver a solution that is simple and easy to follow, so there are fewer costs and delays when it comes to carrying out the work on site.
We also like our clients to understand why it is important to hire a professional structural engineer and how they can help to save you money. We hope this breakdown helps!
Why hire GL Design Services structural engineers?
Not only do we help with building extensions but we also offer key services for safe building renovations and demolitions. Our team will assist you with all aspects of your building project and will check on the safety issues and viability of your building structure.
Because we know that people don’t have money to burn, we can assist you by making suggestions for changes to not only ensure that your building project is structurally safe and ensuring that the right materials are being used for the project, but also to make sure your build is as cost-effective as it could be.
When it comes to the safety of your building projects, what you would pay for a structural engineer is worth the cost and doing so can save you money in the long run.
How GL Design Services can help
Our dedicated and highly experienced team of structural engineers offer a range of services to both private and commercial clients.
- Building Regulations (Part A) advice
- Checking engineer services and Category 3 checks (CAT3)
- Chimney breast support
- Detailed construction drawings in CAD format
- Internal layout alterations and refurbishments
- Load bearing wall removal
- Loft conversions
- Steel connection design
- Temporary and enabling works design above and below ground
Because we have over 14 years of experience in our field, we have worked closely with several trusted partners that include architects and building contractors, so we are very well placed to offer our clients a complete end-to-end service that includes all aspects of your design planning and building execution.
Average structural engineering costs
When it comes to paying for a structural engineer to help you with your building project there is no set price to work from. As each of our clients will have varying individual needs our projects are completely bespoke and tailored to each client.
When we give you a quote for your project it will usually depend on the type, scale and complexity of your proposal. As a general rule of thumb, a structural engineer for a simple basic residential project could be around £450 to £550 but again this will depend on what you are planning to have done to your house.
The price you will pay for a structural engineer will depend on the complexity of your project. The larger and more complex the project, the more time and knowledge will be needed. However, we like to be completely transparent with our pricing you can get a GL Design Services expert on a fixed fee basis.
We will be happy to clearly state our fee structure in writing and itemise what is included. Find out more about our pricing or get in touch with our friendly team to discuss your needs so we can give you an idea of costings for your building project.
Structural engineer in South London
What does a structural engineer look for?
When a structural engineer performs an inspection on a completed property, especially when there have been some structural alterations done, they will perform a thorough visual check to ensure the structural soundness of the building.
This involves inspecting the weight-bearing components of a property, such as the building’s framework, foundations, and support works such as columns, trusses and beams.
Quite often a structural engineer will be called in to perform an inspection on a house where the owner may have questions or concerns about the structural integrity of their property. It may be that the owner recently purchased the house and wants to make sure a building extension was constructed properly.
An inspection can include a detailed analysis of one specific element of the house such as the added extension, or it can include the whole house to make sure the structural integrity of the property hasn’t been compromised by any alterations.
What problems can a structural engineer uncover?
It can be very reassuring to have a qualified and experienced structural engineer take a look at your home, especially if the property has had a lot of alterations done, or you are planning to make some structural changes of your own to improve your home.
Some of the most common issues a structural engineer will find during an inspection are:
- Bowing or cracked walls
- Possible settlement issues
- Improper wall or fireplace removal
It makes a lot of sense to hire GL Design Services if you are considering making the following changes to your home:
- Adding a loft conversion
- Adding a second story to a home
- Adding an extension
- Adding solar panels to the roof
- To remove an internal or external wall