How to Create More Space with a Loft Conversion in London where Properties are Expensive
In a family, members learn and adjust to live together and share rooms with each other if the house is small. This continues until we finally grow up and the want for a separate room becomes a need. Such are the times when most families think about shifting to a new house if the old one is short of space. So, you are in need of a new room, aren’t you? Unlike all those people who have already bought and move to a new place, you might not have to go through all the trouble to get the needful.
Loft conversion is your answer. The old empty attic you had been using to store the waste, can be transformed into a functional rooms in the ways you can’t imagine. What further makes this enticing is that planning permissions are not requisite in most cases, especially if you don’t intend to extend the room’s area. If the following conditions are being met, a planning permission is not required.
- A volume allowance of 40 cubic meters additional roof space for terraced houses
- A volume allowance of 50 cubic meters additional roof space for detached and semi-detached houses
- No extension beyond the plane of the existing roof slope of the principal elevation that fronts the highway
- No extension to be higher than the highest part of the roof
- No verandas, balconies or raised platforms
- Side-facing windows to be obscure-glazed; any opening to be 1.7m above the floor
Is this a fair deal?
A momentous factor while analysing the viability of loft conversion over shifting is cost. Is it really cost-effective to reconstruct, at least internally, an entire room on the rooftop than getting yourself a new furnished house with the capacity you’re just looking for? Well, yes! It is. It’s no secret that property value in UK has risen exponentially in the last decade and the average house price currently is around GBP 304,105. In London this is substantially more. On the contrary, the cost of loft conversion including all surplus charges involved doesn’t exceed GBP 20,000 for a fully renovated single-suite and ranges from GBP 35,000 to GBP 60,000 for a double-suite. This conspicuously speaks in the favour of loft conversion as they are more cost effective and doesn’t require you to abandon or sell you long-loved house.
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Why You need a Structural Engineer?
Are you planning to get rid of one of those unwanted walls in your house? Well, halt for a second and reconsider if your deliberation is pre-equipped. To remove or shift a wall during home renovation is not uncommon, nevertheless it’s utterly critical to involve a structural engineer for a sound analysis of the modification. This is because structural stability and overall integrity of a frame all depends on its buttresses, supports and altering – let alone removing – may cause the entire building or structure to collapse.
So here’s how a structural engineer proceeds with his analysis. You’ll also discover during the course of this article how important it is to keep a structural engineer into the loop while getting your house renovated.
Preliminary Inspection: The first and the foremost step in any case, whatsoever, is to examine and visually inspect the place for defects and structural discrepancies. This is done by giving the third degree to the existing design, and cracks or fissures in walls or beams. The engineer than takes a note of all shortcomings and takes them into account while performing technical calculations.
Design: This is considerably the most significant step in the process. Not only does it involve the structural conditions and integrity, but it also incorporates the customer’s essential need of adding charm to the elements of the building. This is done in close correlation with architects who are better at designing and constructive utilization of space than engineers. Once that’s done, the compliance of health and safety regulations is ensured and the design is sent for approval.
Computational Analysis and Planning: The designing process is followed by a detailed computational analysis of the project. The material to be used, structural stresses and loading conditions are tested via simulation on several relevant software. Once that is done, the engineer proceeds to planning – transferring the design from paper to ground. This may include shifting of a few walls, removal of pedestals and alteration of many structural elements.
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Structural Home Renovations
Every year, thousands of London home owners undertake successful home renovation/extension projects. Some are even motivated by the need for an extension, or save on moving costs. Others just want to renovate their older homes to meet up with the latest trend in home construction. And in some cases, homeowners decide to renovate in order to boost their property’s value ahead of a sale. For investors, renovating or extension may be an opportunity to improve the value of their asset and make more profit on sale, or it may mean being able to receive a higher rent.
If you are thinking of basement excavation or design or conversion, loft conversion, extension, home renovation and wall removal, you need to be sure that it is stable and safe. To carry out this structural home renovation, you will need to consult with a structural engineer.
What You Need to Know about Structural Engineers and Home renovation or Extension
A structural engineer is crucial for any home renovation project. This is due to the important role they play. Structural engineers ensure that the home renovation or extension is structurally sound and this is done by designing all the structural elements to be stable and sound, such as load bearing walls, foundations, footings and beams. Also, they will first supervise the actual building before the renovation or extension in order to be certain that any necessary corrections are carried out and also to ensure that the building is done to standard. They can order work to be re-done or fixed if there is a need for that. Structural engineers will work on something as simple as a garage, basement conversion, right through to a large second storey addition or even more complicated home renovation.
Generally, the structural engineer will work hand in hand with other professionals like your architect and other engineers, particularly during the design phase. You can hire the structural engineer on your own, but if your home renovation or extension is being done by a company that specializes in home renovation, they will definitely have a structural engineer, or arrange for a structural engineer themselves.
Structural Home Renovation Protects the Homeowner
One of the major reasons why building codes have been written is to protect homeowners from substandard structural work. This is because badly done structural home renovation (and new construction) puts the homeowner’s life and possession at risk. This implies that badly done structural home renovation can easily collapse, cause great injury to people in the home and also damage their house & possessions.
On the other side, when structural home renovation is done well, it can actually improve a house. These improvements may include a more open and spacious interior; a more useable floor plan; brighter and more visually appealing interiors and exterior spaces; a more unified; more living space and coherent appearance and greatly improved functionality.
Through our unmatched structural home renovation, many of our London home renovation clients have actually improved their homes and their lives. Please take a look at our portfolio most of the photos that you see on display involved structural home renovation.
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This London property is undergoing a loft conversion extension. The roof conversion is to have a dormer window to the rear. The floor joists have been upgraded and RSJ ridge beams installed.
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The basement swimming pool is well under construction. The basement is not only under the house but under the garden too and has a block and beam roof that will have a patio and garden on it. The rear of the house has been underpinned as has the area under the property. Contact us for all your structural engineering needs and we will provide you with a free quotation.Posted in basement structural engineer, structural engineering london, underpinning structural engineer
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